Although there is no cure for HIV, there are treatment options that can help people with the infection realize long and productive lives. Patients who receive appropriate medical care, adhere to their regimens and lower their viral loads (amount of HIV in their blood) are less likely to pass the virus on to their sex or needle-sharing partners. In this way, health care providers can play a key role to help reduce HIV transmission.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) are key partners of the Health Department in addressing HIV in Vermont. CDC and HRSA provide evidence-based guidance on a range of topics that can help health care professionals deliver quality HIV testing, treatment and prevention services to their patients.
Vermont medical providers who are treating patients with HIV infection can consult with local specialists at the Comprehensive Care Clinics, with four outlets around our state. The main office is located within the Infectious Disease Program at the UVM Medical Center.
Health care providers with HIV negative patients at high risk for HIV infection can learn how to administer Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP). CDC offers a telephone consultation service for medical providers/clinicians seeking information about PrEP. Providers can quickly get expert guidance from a staff of experienced clinicians. Although all clinicians can benefit from the service, the focus of the PrEPline is on those physicians, nurse practitioners and physician assistants who are most likely to be providing primary care to HIV-uninfected patients facing high risk of acquiring HIV infection.