BMC Health Services Research is calling for submissions to our Collection on human immunodeficiency syndrome (HIV) care. In 2021, the global number of people living with HIV (PLHIV) was 38.4 million, two-thirds of which in the WHO African region. Often living in fragile communities, PLHIV are frequently discriminated against, marginalized, and affected by social, economic, and health inequalities.
The dimensions of this epidemic, its impact on vulnerable health systems together with its aspects of inequality, social justice and discrimination led to the development of a dedicated target within the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development to end the HIV epidemic with specific efforts across multiple SDGs.
To make measurable progress towards these goals, health services worldwide must undergo a transformation of the HIV prevention and treatment offer and commit to immediate and decisive responses against HIV.
HIV care at the health services level includes all aspects of prevention, treatment, monitoring, and care provided for PLHIV, people at risk of acquiring HIV, and their partners, families and caregivers. Thus, we are calling for submissions of studies presenting specifically:
- Innovative HIV prevention campaigns and testing programs
- HIV care enrollment programs
- Services that provide access to, delivery and monitoring of Antiretroviral therapy (ART)
- Services dedicated to opportunistic infections and other comorbidities for PLHIV with a special focus on integration of other services for key vulnerable populations
- Psychosocial support, home-based and palliative care
- Interventions to ensure and strengthen treatment adherence, retention and re-engagement
We are particularly interested in implementation research on barriers and facilitators to innovative initiatives to improve access, delivery and quality of HIV care, to promote integration of HIV care within other care levels, and to enhance care of underserved affected populations and reduce inequities
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