July 18, 2024

The role of peers in linkage, engagement, and retention in HIV care

Ontario HIV Treatment Network

Two systematic reviews that examined peer interventions for HIV in developing and developed countries found some evidence to support the use of peers, but both identified the need for more research that employs rigorous design methods and demonstrates an impact. The Centre for Disease Control’s Compendium of Evidence-Based Interventions and Best Practices for HIV Prevention does not include any interventions that primarily utilize peers to improve linkage, retention or reengagement in care, although two interventions mention using a peer outreach worker or peer educator.

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