Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program Letter on the Impact of Viral Suppression
Housing serves as a critical base for providing HIV care and services, and we believe it is important for housing providers to ensure that the people living with HIV (PLWH) served in your programs have consistent access to adequate HIV medical care. In October 2018, the Health Resources and Services Administration’s (HRSA) HIV/AIDS Bureau released a letter outlining recommendations for Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program recipients and subrecipients for incorporating messages on the impact of viral suppression on HIV transmission in service delivery settings.
The letter highlights that several large studies have demonstrated that PLWH who achieve consistent viral suppression do not sexually transmit HIV. In addition, the letter emphasizes the importance of linking PLWH to care, retaining them in care, and helping them to adhere to HIV medication in order to reduce HIV transmission. The information and recommendations outlined in the letter can be of use to all organizations providing services to persons living with HIV and their families.
Director, Office of HIV/AIDS Housing
Director, Office of Special Needs Assistance Programs