Wednesday, October 31, 2007

The Serostatus Approach to Fighting the HIV Epidemic: Prevention Strategies for Infected Individuals

In the United States, HIV prevention programs have historically tailored
activities for specific groups primarily on the basis of behavioral risk factors and
demographic characteristics. Through the Serostatus Approach to Fighting the Epidemic
(SAFE), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now expandingprevention programs, especially for individuals with HIV, to reduce the risk of transmission as a supplement to current
programs that primarily focus on reducing the risk of acquisition of the virus. For individuals with HIV, SAFE comprises action steps that focus on diagnosing all HIV-infected persons, linking them to appropriate high-quality care and prevention services, helping them adhere
to treatment regimens, and supporting them in adopting and sustaining HIV risk reduction behavior. SAFE couples a traditional infectious disease control focus on the infected person with behavioral interventions that have been standard for HIV prevention programs.

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