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Overcoming Barriers to Viral Suppression in HIV+ Youth: Introducing Reaching VS at HEAT PATH Network

The HEAT PATH Network (a collaboration of the HEAT Program at SUNY Downstate and the PATH Center at The Brooklyn Hospital Center) is dedicated to addressing the complex challenges faced by HIV+ youth, particularly in initiating and maintaining adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART). Our initiative, Reaching Viral Suppression (Reaching VS), aims to tackle the multifaceted obstacles hindering youth from achieving viral load suppression.


Barriers to Care:

HIV+ youth often struggle with adherence to ART due to various factors such as housing instability, underemployment, stigma, and limited access to resources. These challenges make it difficult for them to stay engaged in care, resulting in poor adherence and viral load suppression rates.

Enhancing Provider Capacity:

Implementing Reaching VS empowers care providers to better identify and respond to the needs of HIV+ youth. Through ongoing training and skill enhancement, our staff is equipped to address ART adherence and contribute to improved viral load suppression rates.

The Need for Intervention:

Poor retention in HIV care directly correlates with suboptimal adherence to ART. Identifying and addressing these barriers is crucial to improving outcomes for youth at the HEAT PATH Network.

Aligning with Our Vision:

At the HEAT PATH Network, we strive to deliver effective, culturally sensitive, and accessible care. Implementing Reaching VS aligns with our vision by prioritizing the identification and mitigation of barriers to care experienced by our patients.

Introducing Reaching VS:

Reaching VS provides a comprehensive approach to identifying and overcoming barriers to care. Utilizing health literacy visual tools, client checklists, and motivational interviewing, our intervention equips case managers with effective strategies to support youth in adhering to medical regimens and achieving viral load suppression.


Reaching Viral Suppression in Youth with HIV is a vital initiative at the HEAT PATH Network, aimed at maximizing the likelihood of youth adhering to available medical regimens and improving their odds of achieving viral load suppression. By addressing barriers to care and enhancing provider capacity, we are committed to supporting the well-being of HIV+ youth in our community.


We're thrilled that you're interested in learning more about the HEAT PATH Network and our new initiative, Reaching Viral Suppression (Reaching VS). Please fill out the form below with your name, email address, and any questions or comments. A member of our team will get back to you as soon as possible.

Please remember: for your security and privacy, do not include any personal health information in your message. If you have specific medical questions or concerns, we recommend that you consult with a healthcare provider directly. We look forward to hearing from you and appreciate your interest in our work to support HIV+ youth.

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