Biomedical Interventions use medical, clinical, and public health approaches designed to moderate biological and physiological factors to prevent HIV infection, reduce susceptibility to HIV and/or decrease HIV infectiousness.
Research demonstrates the effectiveness of antiretroviral treatment (ART) for HIV-infected patients in both improving health outcomes and reducing HIV transmission risks. National HIV prevention goals call for significant increases in the numbers of people living with HIV who are in care and receiving ART to maintain viral suppression. Focused, coordinated, effective prevention efforts include finding people who are infected with HIV, linking them to and retaining them in care, and achieving viral suppression by prescribing and ensuring adherence to ART. Patient navigation services can improve linkage, retention, and re-engagement in care as well as medication adherence. For further information about prevention initiatives among people living with HIV, please visit Ask, Screen, Intervene homepage.
e-Learning Courses pertaining to prevention strategies for HIV care settings can be found within the HIP e-Learning Center. The course catalog includes CDC's Medication Adherence Toolkit - Every Dose Every Day and several additional courses like the two listed below:
- The Prevention Benefit of ART for HIV-infected Patients - Clinicians can learn more about the prevention benefits of ART by viewing this web-based course. Physicians can receive 1.25 units of free CME upon completion of the course
- PwP in Action - This 30-minute graphic novel is designed to give staff at clinics, community-based organizations, and health departments a look at one highly collaborative possibility for Prevention with Positives.