Differentiated Care: Addressing HIV Among Youth
A better approach to tackling increases in HIV diagnoses and lagging engagement in HIV care among adolescents and youth is posted in a March National Academy of Medicine discussion paper. Also highlighted was a recent HRSA toolkit (see below) on serving youth living with HIV.
Shifting the Paradigm in HIV Prevention and Treatment Service Delivery Toward Differentiated Care for Youth promotes differentiated care.
"Which tailors HIV service delivery across the prevention and care continuum to meet the needs, preferences, and expectations of key populations and hard-to-reach individuals."
In short, differentiated care is about greater attention to individual patient needs in terms of, for example, intensity and type of services in response to specific needs.
Among the discussion paper's highlights is a review of current evidence-based interventions in CDC's Compendium of Evidence-Based Interventions and Best Practices for HIV Prevention. Specifically, interventions tailored to adolescents and youth as identified from agencies funded by HRSA's Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program.