By Carma Henry

Derrick Butler, M.D., MPH, Associate Medical Director and HIV Specialist, T.H.E. (To Help Everyone) Clinic, Los Angeles.

Derrick Butler, M.D., MPH, Associate Medical Director and HIV Specialist, T.H.E. (To Help Everyone) Clinic, Los Angeles.

The HIV Treatment Cascade: The key to better care

Derrick Butler, M.D., MPH, Associate Medical Director and HIV Specialist, T.H.E. (To Help Everyone) Clinic, Los Angeles.

Educating as many people as possible about HIV/AIDS is critical. However, in order for us to reach the end of the epidemic, every person must ultimately be willing and able to get the medical care that he or she needs. A Brown Bag Lunch Webinar sponsored by the Black AIDS Institute and Gilead Sciences in late August offered suggestions on ways to make that happen.

The webinar centered on the HIV treatment cascade, a model that identifies gaps in HIV care. Derrick Butler, M.D., MPH, associate medical director and HIV specialist at T.H.E. (To Help Everyone) Health and Wellness Centers in Los Angeles, explained that when gaps in HIV care are identified and bridged, more people are likely to get the treatment that they need.

There are five stages of HIV care (pdf):

  • Stage 1 occurs when one is tested and diagnosed with HIV.
  • Stage 2 takes place when a person diagnosed with HIV is linked to care, ideally within three …read more

    Source:: The Westside Gazette