A Framework for Health Communication Across the HIV Treatment Continuum

Babalola, Stella; Van Lith, Lynn M.; Mallalieu, Elizabeth C.; Packman, Zoe R.; Myers, Emily; Ahanda, Kim Seifert; Harris, Emily; Gurman, Tilly; Figueroa, Maria-Elena

As test and treat rolls out, effective interventions are needed to address the determinants of outcomes across the HIV treatment continuum and ensure that people infected with HIV are promptly tested, initiate treatment early, adhere to treatment, and are virally suppressed. Communication approaches offer viable options for promoting relevant behaviors across the continuum.

This article introduces a conceptual framework, which can guide the development of effective health communication interventions and activities that aim to impact behaviors across the HIV treatment continuum in low- and medium-income countries. The framework includes HIV testing and counseling, linkage to care, retention in pre-antiretroviral therapy and antiretroviral therapy initiation in one single-stage linkage to care and treatment, and adherence for viral suppression. 

February 27, 2017
Year of publication
2017
Resource types
Journal and research articles
Tags
behavioral interventions, treatment outcomes, health communication, continuum of care, care cascade, HIV prevention, HIV testing and counseling (HTC), linkage to care, treatment, antiretroviral therapy, ART, adherence, social and behavior change communication (SBCC)

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