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Houston Area Comprehensive 
HIV Prevention and Care Services Plan
for 2012 through 2014

Capturing the community’s vision for an ideal system of HIV prevention and care for the Houston Area


One Year Later...

An evaluation of Year 1 of the Houston Area Comprehensive HIV Prevention and Care Services Plan (2012 – 2014) took place in December 2012.

Click here for the Year 1 Evaluation Report.

Highlights are listed below:

  • The Houston Area plan is organized into four Strategies, each containing activities and benchmarks to be implemented each year of the plan.  In Year 1, 81% of activities were either completed or progress was made, and 53% of the Year 1 benchmarks were met. Overall, the Strategy to Address the Needs of Special Populations saw the most progress with 92% of its Year 1 activities completed and 100% of its Year 1 benchmarks met.

  • Year 1 implementation of the Houston Area plan resulted in changes to HIV prevention and care service delivery policies on topics such as linkage to care, retention in care, and finding those “lost to care.” This means that the improvements generated by the Houston Area plan in Year 1 will be sustained even after the plan is complete.

  • Several specific activities related to HIV prevention and care data were included in Year 1 of the plan. Not only were these activities completed as planned, they were also voluntarily expanded, resulting in three Special Studies and improvements in data collection community-wide.  As a result of Year 1 implementation, the Houston Area plan has improved the science base on HIV prevention and care.

  • One of the goals of the Houston Area plan is to increase coordination between HIV prevention and care.  The collaborative approach to HIV planning that culminated in the development of a joint plan for the Houston Area has continued post-plan production.  Now, two additional core HIV planning deliverables are being conducted using a true joint approach.

  • The Houston Area plan includes a dashboard of nine objectives that measure the effectiveness of the entire system of HIV prevention and care.  In Year 1, progress was seen in close to half of these measures, even those without interim Year 1 targets.  For example, the percent of people newly-diagnosed with HIV who were linked to care increased, as did the percent of Ryan White clients with undetectable viral load.  In addition, the proportion of PLWHA with a late diagnosis fell, as did the number of PLWHA who are out-of-care.