Project Title: “Strategies to Maintain HIV Viral Suppression Among State Prison Inmates Released to the Community”.
Applicant Organization Name: South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (SCDHEC)
Address: 2100 Bull Street, Columbia, SC 29201
Project Director Name: Ali Mansaray, Director STD/HIV/Viral Hepatitis Division, Bureau of Communicable Disease Prevention and Control
Contact Phone Numbers (Voice, Fax): 803-898-0625, 803-898-0573
Email Address: email@example.com
Purpose: To support the continuity of HIV medical care for people living with HIV (PWH) released from the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC). The focus will be on linkage to and retention in HIV medical care, adherence to HIV treatment, and suppression of HIV viral load. This proposal will also identify and support HIV-negative persons at risk for HIV among sex and drug injection partners, and associates of PWH released from SCDC, by providing linkage to care and prevention services (i.e. HIV testing and Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP). This proposal aligns with South Carolina’s plan to Ending the HIV Epidemic by 2030.
Focus Areas: The focus areas include monitoring incarcerated PWH viral suppression attainment pre-and post-release, associates of incarcerated PWH at risk of contracting HIV, and inmates deemed high-risk for HIV, STIs, substance, or mental illness by the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) medical facility.
Outcomes: The long term outcomes of this proposal are to decrease HIV incidence, increase HIV viral suppression among PWH released from SCDC, increase HIV viral suppression among HIV-positive partners and associates of PWH released from SCDC, improve health outcomes and overall quality of life for PWH released from SCDC and their HIV-positive partners, decrease transmission of HIV from PWH released from prison and their HIV-positive partners and decrease new HIV infections among HIV- negative partners and associates of PWH from SCDC & their HIV+ partners and associates.
Funding: DHEC is requesting $839,002 to implement the Continuum of Care Program tailored towards “Strategies to Maintain HIV Viral Suppression Among State Prison Inmates Released to the Community”.