We are pleased to announce the recent publication of a special Public Health Reports Supplement on the multi-year Care and Prevention in the United States (CAPUS) Demonstration Project. This project highlights strategies for reducing HIV- and AIDS-related morbidity and mortality among racial and ethnic minorities living in the United States.
CAPUS, led by Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and funded by Secretary’s Minority AIDS Initiative Fund (SMAIF), was designed as a direct response to the disproportionate burden of HIV disease and worse health outcomes among racial and ethnic minorities.
The supplement’s 11 manuscripts—authored by staff of CDC, the Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy, and other collaborating federal agencies, state health departments, and other subject matter experts—detail innovative strategies to address socioeconomic, clinical, and other persistent barriers to moving individuals along the HIV Care Continuum.
Articles in the supplement highlight the wide array of activities funded through CAPUS, including using social network strategies to increase HIV testing, financial incentives to increase engagement in care and viral suppression rates, and HIV/AIDS surveillance data and other data sources to identify people who have fallen out of HIV care. Additionally, the supplement provides practical lessons for integrating routine HIV screening in medical settings, the experience of using retail pharmacies to expand HIV testing access options, and the overall outcomes and lessons learned from the four years of CAPUS.
Overall, the supplement highlighting CAPUS activities records an important collaboration by federal agencies and state health departments to uncover new pathways to meet the healthcare needs of racial and ethnic minorities with HIV. We hope this issue provides fresh ideas to encourage new collaborative efforts to help end HIV.
Eugene McCray, MD
Director, Division of HIV/AIDS Prevention
National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
/Tammy R. Beckham/
Tammy R. Beckham, DVM, PhD
Director, Office of HIV/AIDS and Infectious Disease Policy
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Health
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services