This supplement of JAIDS provides a compilation of health promoters and their professional allies' experiences in the field of HIV care and prevention. It is an extension and follow-up to the 2014 JAIDS Supplement entitled “Health Communication Strategies in Combination HIV Prevention and Care Programs.” Both supplements have been inspired by efforts of the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative. Every element in the prevention or care of HIV depends on health communication success. Most of its focus is on work across the HIV continuum of care, or care cascade, from HIV testing to linkage to care and further to commencement of antiretroviral therapy (ART) and lifelong retention in care with high adherence to medications with the goal of viral suppression. Given changes in World Health Organization guidance to focus on treatment for all, social and behavioral interventions play an important role in addressing the significant losses at each stage of the continuum of care, which constitute a key barrier to achieving the 90-90-90 global treatment goals.
The primary goal of this supplement is to highlight the evidence and build momentum around the impact of health communication and behavioral interventions on treatment outcomes in low and middle income countries.