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VA HIV Prevention Handbook

for Health Care Providers


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VA HIV Prevention Handbook

This second edition of the VA HIV Prevention Handbook: A Guide for Clinicians reflects the dramatic prevention advances of the past 10 years. It provides guidance on implementing long-standing and more recently developed evidence-based interventions including routine HIV testing, patient counseling on high risk transmission behaviors and prevention strategies (e.g., condom use), expeditious referrals of HIV infected individuals to care and treatment, and support of patients' adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART). These interventions are for use in VHA settings such as primary care facilities, mental health programs, substance use disorder (SUD) treatment programs, community based outpatient clinics (CBOCs) and Vet Centers.