Data to Care (D2C) is a public health strategy aimed at ensuring all persons diagnosed with HIV are receiving high-quality care and have achieved viral suppression (having a viral load (VL) result ≤200 copies/mL). D2C is a collaborative effort between HIV Surveillance, HIV Prevention, and Ryan White programs at ODH, funded HIV/Sexually Transmitted Infections (STI) Prevention Planning Regions at local health departments (LHDs), and facility/provider and case management agency partners at the local level. Utilizing these data to take public health action and follow up with persons who may have fallen out of care, or have never accessed care, will ensure persons diagnosed with HIV are not only receiving the care they need, but will achieve viral suppression, effectively preventing sexual transmission of the virus and decreasing the number of new diagnoses.
The ultimate goals of D2C are to increase the percent of persons living with HIV who have received care, are retained in care, and are virally suppressed. D2C programs are also an opportunity to reduce stigma and educate others on ‘Treatment as Prevention.’ People living with HIV who take antiretroviral therapy (ART) and can maintain an undetectable viral load have no risk of sexually transmitting HIV to a partner.