Programming Connection

Linkage to care 

Evidence review

Think link: Programmatic approaches for successful linkage to HIV care – This evidence review outlines findings on HIV linkage to care programs, focusing on barriers and supporting elements to linkage programming

Evidence briefs

PositiveLinks – An intensive, time-limited linkage-to-care intervention positively impacts engagement in HIV care

Linkage to Care Intervention – An intensive, time-limited linkage-to-care intervention positively impacts engagement in HIV care

Linkage to Care Specialist – A client-centred intervention for people newly diagnosed with HIV is effective at linking people to care

HIV retention and LTC – American study shows HIV linkage-to-care and retention programs are cost-saving

Project Engage – Social network approach works to link HIV-positive people into care

HepTLC – A hepatitis testing and linkage-to-care (HepTLC) initiative reaches those at greatest risk of HCV and HBV infection

The North Carolina HIV Bridge Counselor Program – A state-wide intervention (USA) shows success in linking people newly diagnosed with HIV to care and in re-engaging people in HIV care

Care re-engagement and retention – Use of a part-time outreach coordinator can help to re-engage and retain clients in care

Check Hep C – A community-based program in New York City focused on linkage to care and patient navigation for hepatitis C treatment for marginalized populations, including people who use drugs

Program models

Case study

The program seeks to improve the health of gbMSM by addressing internal and external barriers to wellness through short-term supportive counselling and service navigation.