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HRSA HAB Dear Colleague Letter: RWHAP and Incorporating Messages on the Impact of Viral Suppression

Monday, October 22, 2018

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From HRSA's HIV/AIDS Bureau - October 19, 2018

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 [Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program and Incorporating Messages on the Impact of Viral Suppression] 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
Associate Administrator
HIV/AIDS Bureau
Health Resources and Services Administration

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