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Link to care

An HIV diagnosis is the first step in accessing treatment. Early linkage to care and initiation of antiretroviral therapy (ART) results in improved health outcomes for patients and reduces HIV transmission in the community. Therefore, it is vital that patients are effectively linked to care upon receiving an HIV diagnosis. Providers should both anticipate and address any barriers in linkage to care for their patients who are newly diagnosed with HIV and/or for those who have fallen out of care.

The following resources can assist providers in ensuring that patients diagnosed with HIV are linked to care in a timely manner.

NOTE: This table contains web links external to PCDC.

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