The Role of HIV Providers in Secondary HIV Prevention

  • Author: W. David Hardy, MD (More Info)
  • Editors in Chief: Daniel R. Kuritzkes, MD; Joseph J. Eron, Jr., MD
  • Last Reviewed: 5/16/18 (What's New)


  • Increasing access to HIV testing is intended both to bring persons with undiagnosed HIV infection into care and to reduce HIV transmission
  • High-risk sexual behavior and needle-sharing have been shown to be significantly reduced among persons with diagnosed HIV infection compared with undiagnosed infection[Marks 2005; McGowan 2004]
  • However, behavior change may not be sustained over time, and increases in risk behavior may be a consequence of improvements in ART and changing perceptions of the severity of risk to health posed by HIV infection

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