The Re-Engagement and Engagement in Treatment for Antiretroviral Interrupted and Naïve populations (RETAIN) Initiative is a new partnership with the BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE), Medical Health Officers from each health authority and HIV outreach personnel throughout British Columbia.
The RETAIN Initiative seeks to promote treatment initiation for HIV-positive British Columbians who have never been treated with HIV antiretroviral therapy (ART) and treatment re-initiation for individuals who have interrupted HIV treatment through ART. On sustained and consistent treatment, people living with HIV (PLHIV) can achieve a viral load that is undetectable by standard blood tests. HIV treatment improves an individual’s quality of life and longevity, while nearly eliminating the chances of transmitting HIV to others. This is the evidence-based concept behind Treatment as Prevention.