The growing opioid crisis across the United States has resulted in an increase in new HIV diagnoses. For many people, receiving an HIV diagnosis is life-changing news, and a person’s circumstance can dictate how providers deliver the diagnosis as well as their approach to initiating HIV treatment, referred to as antiretroviral therapy, or ART. In this month’s episode, our hosts discuss considerations and best practices for delivering an HIV diagnosis and initiating ART; how COVID-19 has changed the way providers are able to deliver an HIV diagnosis; and how ART and ART initiation has changed over time.
“Choosing the regimens has become easier because of their efficacy and their likelihood of, basically there’s not that much resistance to these newer regimens. And with systems, with some investment in systems, you can really deliver this treatment quickly and hopefully improve people’s time to viral suppression." --Dr. Sim Kimmel