Dear AETC Colleagues,
Attached please find the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Viral Suppression Program Letter for distribution dated, October 19, 2018. This letter was posted on the HAB website and is available at https://hab.hrsa.gov/sites/default/files/hab/program-grants-management/ViralSuppressionProgramLetterFinal10-19-2018.pdf.
Please disseminate the letter to your respective Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Part listserves today. You may use the following language to disseminate.
Dear Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Recipient,
The Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB) Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) provides a comprehensive system of HIV care and treatment services to people living with HIV (PLWH) who are uninsured and underserved. In 2016, 84.9 percent of RWHAP clients receiving HIV medical care were virally suppressed. HRSA HAB knows that many RWHAP providers share messages regarding viral suppression with your patients. To support this effort, today HRSA released the attached Dear Colleague Letter on the impact of viral suppression.
Several large studies have demonstrated that people living with HIV (PLWH) who have consistent viral suppression do not sexually transmit HIV. This letter outlines recommendations for HRSA’s Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program (RWHAP) recipients and subrecipients as you incorporate messages on the impact viral suppression has on HIV transmission. HRSA strongly encourages RWHAP recipients, subrecipients, planning bodies, and providers to leverage your expertise and RWHAP infrastructure to incorporate viral suppression messaging in service delivery settings where PLWH are engaged.
Thank you for your commitment to providing HIV care and treatment services to PLWH across the nation.
Laura Cheever, MD, ScM
Health Resources and Services Administration
Anna M. Poker, RN.,MS
Senior Public Healthcare Analyst
HIV Education Branch
Office of HIV/AIDS Training and Capacity Development
HIV/AIDS Bureau (HAB)
Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA)
5600 Fishers Lane
Rockville, MD 20857