World AIDS Day 2020, Ending the HIV/AIDS Epidemic: Resilience and Impact
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Linking Those Who Test Negative to the HIV Prevention Continuum
Testing negative is an important opportunity for people to receive information and be linked to prevention services that address their needs and preferences. The HIV prevention continuum provides a more complete description of how testing is an important gateway to risk reduction. The continuum describes a comprehensive, cyclical HIV-prevention model that begins with HIV testing. (For those who test positive, knowing their status serves as an entry point to the HIV care continuum with the ultimate goal of achieving viral suppression for improving health outcomes and preventing new infections.) For those who test negative, the HIV prevention continuum indicates that healthcare providers/counselors should do a risk and needs assessment to determine what resources each of their clients who tests negative may need and what steps they can take to reduce their risk of becoming infected. This may include linkages to, engagement in, and, where appropriate, retention in appropriate medical services (e.g., PrEP services, sexually transmitted disease treatment) and social support services (e.g., mental health treatment, substance use disorder treatment, employment and housing assistance). In the ideal HIV prevention continuum cycle, people who remain at risk for HIV after a negative test should continue to be routinely tested depending upon their level of risk—essentially starting over in the prevention cycle with each new HIV test.