Abt Associates has meaningfully responded to the tragic and changing HIV epidemic both at home and abroad. Since 1985, Abt Associates has been in the forefront of providing rigorous research and bold thinking to guide development and implementation of HIV prevention, care and treatment programs nationally and locally. Our commitment to respond to the HIV epidemic has been unwavering, and we have remained ever mindful of the social urgency of preventing and controlling the spread of the disease and the humanitarian goal of enhancing the wellbeing of people living with it.
Today we are linking previously undiagnosed HIV-positive men who have sex with men to care, assessing the service needs of people living with HIV after implementation of the Affordable Care Act, and evaluating programs to link individuals to HIV care after release from prison.
Read about Abt’s international HIV and AIDS work.
UNITED STATES: Can we lessen the severity of HIV infections by focusing on prison inmates?
People who are incarcerated are three to five times more likely to be infected with HIV, yet a recent Abt Associates study found the majority of correctional facilities are failing to implement CDC guidelines for testing and providing postrelease care. This study has provided the first comprehensive look at how U.S. prisons and jail programs address HIV testing and linkage. Another important Abt study that assessed HIV testing and linkage to care within jail settings found that among 1,021 HIV-infected prisoners at 10 sites who were enrolled in a post-release treatment program, more than 46 percent had a suppressed viral load at 30 days post release, meaning that the severity of the HIV infection was lessened among this group.
CLIENTS: NIH and HRSA, HIV/AIDS Bureau, Special Projects of National Significance, HHS / PROJECTS: Link Into Care Study (LINCS) & EnhanceLink