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Prevention IS Care

	Act Against AIDS logo, Prevention IS Care logo, Care IS Prevention

To date, HIV prevention has largely focused on persons who are not infected with HIV, to help them avoid becoming infected. In order to further reduce HIV transmission, an increased emphasis must be placed on preventing transmission by HIV-infected persons. Research shows that persons living with HIV often adopt healthy behaviors after their initial diagnosis. However, many revert back to risky behaviors after a period of time, putting their health and the health of others at risk.

Ongoing, brief prevention counseling is a cost-effective measure that can be incorporated into routine care for individuals living with HIV. Prevention IS Care therefore includes tools for medical care providers to use on a daily basis with those patients who are living with HIV. Informational posters and patient education brochures develop patients' knowledge about HIV, facilitate open dialogue and information exchange, and strengthen patients' ability to make healthy choices. And continuing education opportunities are included for medical care providers to update and add depth to their knowledge and skills.

This podcast provides an overview of the Prevention IS Care campaign, which provides HIV prevention tools for medical care providers to use on a daily basis with patients who are living with HIV. Created: 3/26/2009 by National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention (NCHHSTP). Date Released: 3/26/2009.

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Featured Spotlight

	dcotor with patientCDC Prevention IS Care Slide Set

This slide set was designed for health care providers to help clinicians evaluate the benefits of incorporating HIV prevention measures into the medical care of persons living with HIV, assess the role of antiretroviral therapy in reducing the risk of HIV transmission, analyze the importance of retention in care in overall HIV prevention strategy, identify and discuss approaches to modify high-risk behaviors, and review and maximize the use of Partner Notification Services. Download the slide set.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who is the audience for Prevention IS Care?

Primary audiences include:

What products or resources are available through the Prevention IS Care campaign?

Materials such as posters and brochures screening tools are offered to health care providers to help them incorporate prevention into their routine care of persons living with HIV.

For those living with HIV, materials are also available that describe steps they can take to stay healthy and protect the health of others.

This website provides access to downloadable campaign materials as well as relevant HIV/AIDS articles, MMWRs, and links to other resources. In addition, through this website, providers can learn about workshops and other opportunities to obtain continuing education credits.

Materials may also be ordered online.

Is the campaign affiliated only with the CDC?

No. In order to expand the reach of this campaign, partnerships have been developed with key health and HIV/AIDS organizations such as the HIV Medicine Association, and the American Academy of HIV Medicine.

The campaign content is based on the CDC Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR) “Incorporating HIV prevention into the Medical Care of Persons Living with HIV", which is the consensus recommendation by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Health Resources and Services Administration, the National Institutes of Health, and the HIV Medicine Association of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, and is the foundation for the evidence-based materials developed in the campaign.

Can health care providers really make a difference in changing patient behavior?

Yes. Research has shown that health care providers do influence their patients’ behaviors. Open communication during office visits between providers and those living with HIV can make a difference in the adoption of HIV prevention behaviors.