North Carolina Link projects goals are to increase the number of people living with HIV (PLWH) engaged in consistent care. NC Link will create a system of linkages between HIV testing and HIV care providers, by using NC statewide data sources, regional data repositories, testing and linkage within the sexual networks of high risk persons, a referral hotline for rapid linking to care and a new statewide nurse-led team of bridge coordinators.
Specific goals of the project include:
1. To promote surveillance of HIV care as well as cases, CD4 count and HIV viral load reporting throughout the state will be increased and used for surveillance of care.
2. To reduce the number of people who are unaware of their HIV infection, the most-at-risk social and sexual networks of PLWH and high-risk patients in healthcare settings will be targeted for testing.
3. To reduce the number of PLWH who do not enter care for more than 3 months, rapid referrals to care will be established.
4. To improve the delivery of quality care by multiple providers, shared data systems for service documentation will be implemented so that at a minimum lab results are available to all providers for the purpose of delivering coordinated care.
5. To reduce the number of PLWH who do not receive a minimal level of continuous care, providers will be notified about patients without labs in the last 6 or 12 months using patient-level surveillance data.