Reflections on IAS 2019 from a Differentiated Service Delivery Perspective by Dr. Ingrid Bassett

September 30, 2019

Dr. Ingrid Bassett, HU CFAR Developmental and Mentoring Core Director, was a plenary speaker at IAS 2019 in Mexico City. 

"The 10th IAS Conference on HIV Science (IAS 2019) was notable to me for two reasons. Firstly, it was a shift away from the 90-90-90 national targets to a more nuanced awareness of which populations are not being reached with existing HIV services. Secondly, differentiated service delivery (DSD) models were applied not only to stable patients on antiretroviral therapy (ART), but to all aspects of the HIV care cascade, including testing, linkage, care for those with advanced disease, and prevention." Read Dr. Bassett's reflections on the meeting.

Differentiated service delivery, also known as differentiated care, is a client-centred approach that simplifies and adapts HIV services across the cascade to reflect the preferences and expectations of various groups of people living with HIV (PLHIV) while reducing unnecessary burdens on the health system.