Rapid ART DAP is identifying and promoting the replication of best practices in providing Rapid Start services as the standard of care for people living with HIV served by Ryan White HIV/AIDS Programs (RWHAP). Rapid Start is also a core strategy to ending the HIV epidemic.
Rapid Start is: Antiretroviral therapy (ART) provided to a person within 7 days of testing positive for HIV or re-engaging in HIV care.
The best practices included in the Compendium are categorized into seven core components:
- Rapid Start Service Workflow
- Organizational Culture
- Payment for Rapid Start Services
- Jurisdiction Support
- Performance Measurement and Continuous Quality Improvement
- Client Needs
For each core component, facilitators (or best practices), associated with fostering implementation of each component are described. The best practices offer key insights into what providers must consider when planning, providing, and sustaining effective Rapid Start services.
Just as HIV providers are unique in their locations, service delivery models, and populations served, there is no “one size fits all” approach to the provision of Rapid Start services. Rapid ART Service Delivery Models feature a diverse group of eight RHWAP-funded programs that have provided Rapid Start services with improved client outcomes over time.
Technical assistance (TA) provided by the SPNS Rapid ART DAP project aims to support the implementation of Rapid Start models, foster replication, and promote Rapid Start as a standard of care for HIV treatment.
TA is designed to link professionals to helpful resources and identify strategies to support practical implementation of Rapid Start services.