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June 27th is National HIV Testing Day. HRSA's HIV/AIDS Bureau is emphasizing the importance of getting tested, knowing your status, and connecting to HIV care and treatment if you test positive.
June 27th was National HIV Testing Day. HRSA's HIV/AIDS Bureau is emphasizing the importance of getting tested, knowing your status, and connecting to HIV care and treatment if you test positive.

 

On June 27th, HRSA’s HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) recognized National HIV Testing Day, emphasizing the importance of getting tested, knowing your status, and connecting to HIV care and treatment if you test positive.

Earlier that week, HAB hosted a two-day symposium with Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Special Projects of National Significance (SPNS) grant recipients on using social media to link and retain HIV-positive, underserved, underinsured, hard-to-reach youth and young adults (aged 13-34) in HIV primary care and supportive services.

The meeting was part of a four-year SPNS test of social media as a vehicle to reach youth and young adults with HIV who are aware of their infection status, but have never been in care; are aware but have refused referral to care, or dropped out of care; or are infected with HIV but unaware of their HIV status, or have not achieved viral suppression.

Among the 11 grant recipients involved in the study -- which focuses on both rural and urban settings as varied as Hershey, PA and St. Louis, MO -- are UCLA, Wake Forest, Penn State and the New York State Department of Health.

 

At left, Adan Cajina, Branch Chief of HRSA's Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part F Special Projects of National Significance program, noted that the hardest to reach populations with HIV are young men who have sex with men and transgender women of color.  HAB Senior Advisor Cyntrice Bellamy said that the hallmark of the program is rapid implementation of positive findings.
At left, Adan Cajina, Branch Chief of HRSA's Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part F Special Projects of National Significance program, noted that the hardest to reach populations with HIV are young men who have sex with men and transgender women of color.  HAB Senior Advisor Cyntrice Bellamy said that the hallmark of the program is rapid implementation of positive findings.

 

Grant recipients reported that real-time interaction with patients, using peer navigators and professional case managers, has been a success in helping patients stay on track with their medication regimens, access to CD4 counts and test results -- and helping link them to providers of such services as mental health counseling. Speakers added that some patients reported concerns about on-line privacy, a lack of personalized messaging and a desire for continuous emotional support while transitioning to care.

Read a blog post from Dr. Laura Cheever, HAB Associate Administrator.

HHS Secretary Alex Azar announces new HRSA funding in 10 metropolitan areas to provide technical assistance to enhance efforts to end the HIV epidemic.

Date Last Reviewed:  June 2019