HIV and Whole-Person Care

What is a Whole-person Approach to HIV Prevention and Treatment


A whole-person approach to HIV prevention and treatment considers the multitude of factors affecting a person’s health. The approach addresses healthcare and social service needs to engage and retain people in services regardless of whether the services are for HIV treatment or prevention. A whole-person approach can help overcome structural and social barriers to care, eliminate stigma, and improve the health of people with HIV and people who can benefit from prevention services.

With a whole-person approach, CDC’s HIV prevention programs can build or expand flexible and tailored interventions. CDC continually conducts implementation science and collaborates with partners to improve whole-person approaches to HIV prevention and treatment.

A Whole-person Approach can include:

Status neutral approaches
program that addresses syndemic health issues
inclusive care