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Identify Teachable Moments With Patients

Brief discussions about the importance of ongoing care present teachable moments during which health care providers can help motivate patients to continue with care and/or make positive changes to improve their care.1, 2, 3  Although it may seem challenging to incorporate these conversations into clinical practice, evidence shows that these brief discussions can motivate patients to live longer, healthier lives and create trusting relationships between HIV care providers and their patients.

This section includes stories and perspectives from HIV care providers who have identified and leveraged teachable moments effectively to enhance their patients’ care. Health care providers can discover insights from these perspectives as well as adopt practice tips.

W. David Hardy, MD

Tips for Addressing “HIV Fatigue”

Published: September 25, 2017
Author: W. David Hardy, MD
What is HIV Fatigue, and how do you manage it? Dr. W. David Hardy provides tips for addressing HIV Fatigue among HIV veterans and newly diagnosed patients. Read more

Dr. Kathleen E. Squires

Tips for Integrating Safer Sex Counseling into Routine Care

Published: September 25, 2017
Author: Dr. Kathleen E. Squires
Dr. Kathleen E. Squires uses a case study to illustrate the critical role HIV counseling can play in routine care of HIV patients and their health. Read more


1Enhanced Personal Contact with HIV Patients Improves Retention: A Randomized Trial in Six HIV Clinics  Gardner Li, et al for Retention In Care Study Group. Clin Infect Dis. 2014. 14;59(5):725-724.

2Gardner EM, Editorial Commentary: Improving Retention in HIV Care: A Cost effective Strategy to Turn the Tide on HIV and AIDS in the United States. Clin Infect Dis (2016) 62(2):230-232.

3Shah, M et al. The Epidemiologic and Economic Impact of Improving HIV Testing, Linkage, and Retention in Care in the United States. Clin Infect Dis (2016) 62(2):220-229