Living Bridge Center Succeeds in a Difficult Region
Effectively managing HIV -- a chronic illness that requires daily medication and somewhat regular medical visits -- can be difficult for many people. But for people living with HIV in rural areas where medical care can be far away, the availability of fewer HIV specialists and the fear that one's status could be exposed in a small town can create some very real challenges.
However, the Living Bridge Center, a Parts B and C Ryan White Clinic located in Dalton, Georgia, has found ways to reach, engage, and retain patients who are living with HIV. At a breakfast session of International Association of Providers in AIDS Care's Adherence 2018 conference, Jeff Vollman, M.P.A., district HIV director with the Georgia Department of Health, presented the Living Bridge Center's F.A.S.T. strategy (find, assess, stabilize, and treat), which has led to viral suppression rates higher than the state or national average.