Volume 4, Issue 5

The HIV Cascade of Care: Engaging PWID and MSM

In this issue:

HIV diagnosis and linkage to care for people without a diagnosis of HIV, or who are diagnosed but not engaged in care, is a stated objective of the National HIV/AIDS Strategy. There are unique challenges and barriers to improving these outcomes in high-risk populations such as men who have sex with men (MSM) and people who inject drugs (PWIDs).

In this issue Dr. Jennifer Brody, Director of HIV Services at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, and ANP Marguerite Beiser, Director of HCV Services at the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program, review the recent literature specific to HIV diagnosis and linkage for these two high-risk populations. 

Learning objectives:

  • Identify current gaps in HIV diagnosis and linkage to care for people who inject drugs (PWID) and men who have sex with men (MSM)
  • Describe effective strategies for improving HIV testing and linkage-to-care rates among PWID and MSM
  • Discuss the impact of criminal justice involvement on HIV care cascade outcomes for PWID and MSM

 

Authors:

Marguerite Beiser, ANP-BC, AAHIVS
Marguerite Beiser, ANP-BC, AAHIVS

Program Director at HCV Services
Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
Boston, MA

Jennifer Brody, MD, MPH, AAHIVM
Jennifer Brody, MD, MPH, AAHIVM

Program Director at HIV Services
Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program
Boston, MA

Program Directors:

Allison L. Agwu, MD, ScM, FAAP, FIDSA
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Adult Infectious Diseases
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland
Alysse G. Wurcel, MD, MS
Assistant Professor
Division of Geographic Medicine and Infectious Diseases
Tufts Medical Center
Boston, Massachusetts
Justin Alves, RN, ACRN, CARN
Infectious Disease Associates
Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts

Length of activity:

1.0 hour Physicians
1.0 contact hour Nurses

Launch date: December 27, 2018
Expiration date: December 26, 2020