The American Academy of HIV Medicine | March 9, 2021Read the Publication
SUSTAINED ENGAGEMENT IN HIV PREVENTION and care is crucial for maintaining the health of people with HIV (PWH) and reducing new HIV transmissions. It is no secret, however, that many people struggle to stay in care and many providers are frustrated by no-shows, gaps in care, and all of the barriers that arise in helping to keep PWH engaged in care. The COVID-19 pandemic did not make this feat any easier. While telehealth has been around for a while, and HIV providers have used it to varying degrees, the COVID-19 crisis was an unforeseen catalyst that spurred telehealth adoption. What began as an emergency response has opened up a world of possibility for improving patient outcomes, reducing provider stress, and has the potential to become an integral aspect of HIV care delivery well after the current COVID-19 pandemic is behind us.