Creating systems change to support goals for HIV continuum of care: The role of community coalitions to reduce structural barriers for adolescents and young adults

Adolescent Medicine Trails Network for HIV/AIDS Interventions

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Abstract

Routine HIV screening, linkage, and retention in health care are nodes of the HIV continuum of care and goals of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. However, up to 80% of youth are unaware of their HIV status, 29% are linked to and less than 50% are engaged in HIV health care, and fewer maintain viral suppression. To fill these gaps and to address the national call to establish a seamless system for quality HIV health care, the authors describe the processes by which the SMILE Program, with ATN-affiliated Connect-to-Protect® (C2P) community coalitions, addressed structural barriers that prevented HIV testing, linkage, and engagement in HIV health care among youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)158-179
Number of pages22
JournalJournal of HIV/AIDS and Social Services
Volume15
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Apr 2 2016

Keywords

  • HIV continuum of care
  • adolescents/young adults
  • community coalitions
  • structural barriers

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)

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