Ensuring linkage to and retention in care

To reach the second target (95% of people who know their status are on HIV treatment), two things must happen: linkage to care and retention on treatment. 

Linkage to care is a vital first step in HIV treatment. This is defined as registering for pre-ART or ART care within one month of HIV diagnosis. Assessing and addressing the gap between knowledge of HIV status and treatment initiation is a priority in the HIV care continuum. Not only is linkage to care a necessary first step for initiation of ART and viral suppression, but it also plays a crucial role in “treatment for prevention”.  

Despite remarkable advances in engaging people who know their HIV status in ART, it is not possible to achieve this target without a significant focus on retention in care. Developing and implementing diverse and targeted strategies in improving retention in care is needed to successfully ensure engagement in care. 

This event will provide an overview of existing strategies, in particular, the role of e-health, and challenges to improve linkage to and retention in care. The aim is to engage the industry in developing and adopting strategies, including engagement with legislators and healthcare implementers, which would support improving linkage to and engagement in care. 

This session is the second out of three in the Reaching the 95-95-95 targets: The importance of multi-stakeholder collaboration series. Watch session 1 here and session 3 here

4 May 2023
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Helen McDowell

Head of Government Affairs & Public Health

ViiV Healthcare

Nittaya Phanuphak

Executive Director

Institute of HIV Research and Innovation


Ruanne Barnabas

South African physician and Chief of the Division of Infectious Diseases

Massachusetts General Hospital

Closing the gaps in the HIV care continuum

Serena Koenig

GHESKIO and Harvard Medical School

Challenges of linkage to care in low- and middle-income countries

Ava Avalos

Technical Advisor

Botswana National HIV Programme

How Botswana secured national and international support to drive the achievement of the 95 targets

Job Odoyance

Technical Lead and Program Manager of Adolescent and Youth HIV and SRH

Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation (EGPAF)

Case study on EGPAF’s Red Carpet Programme in Kenya

Leon Essink


Digital solutions to improve access to care

Christopher Hoffmann

Johns Hopkins University

Todd Pollack

Todd Pollack

Assistant Professor of Medicine

Harvard Medical School

Serena Koenig

GHESKIO and Harvard Medical School

Moupali Das

Executive Director of the HIV Clinical Development, Virology Therapeutic Area

Gilead Sciences

Immaculate Owomugisha

Ugandan lawyer and human rights advocate and member of the HIV Justice Network Supervisory Board

HIV Justice Network