The impact of health communication on HIV treatment outcomes is the focus of a featured supplement posted on December 9 in Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS) and an upcoming event and webinar open to all.
On December 13 at 10 AM ET, a selection of authors will present on their work featured in the ten-article supplement, which specifically addresses the role health communication plays in treatment outcomes and provides a compilation of experiences from low- and middle-income countries.
Specific to HIV, communication can motivate people to get tested, obtain their results, promote access to treatment, connect people living with HIV to care, support retention in care and help reduce stigma.
Join Dr. David Celentano, Director, Johns Hopkins Center for AIDS Research Prevention Core, Chair, Department of Epidemiology, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, Lynn Van Lith, MPA, Johns Hopkins Center for Communication Programs and Health Communication Capacity Collaborative’s (HC3) HIV/AIDS Team Lead as well as Alison Chang, from USAID for welcoming remarks, as well as the following presentations from journal authors:
A framework for health communication across the HIV treatment continuum
Effective interpersonal health communication for linkage to care following HIV diagnosis in South Africa
Feasibility and acceptability of health communication interventions within a combination intervention strategy for improving linkage and retention in HIV care in Mozambique
Project Shikamana: Baseline findings from a community empowerment based combination HIV prevention trial among female sex workers in Iringa, Tanzania
This December 2016 supplement is an extension and follow up to the 2014 JAIDS Supplement, “Health Communication in HIV Prevention and Care.” The curation of both supplements was led by the Health Communication Capacity Collaborative (HC3).