The grant, the second made through the company's Positive Charge program with a focus on expanding access to HIV care and treatment, will support efforts to increase and improve HIV medical care in the United States through a mentoring program that pairs HIV experts with primary care clinicians. The program will be advised by a steering committee recruited from associations, patient advocacy groups, and government agencies. Donna Sweet, professor of medicine at the University of Kansas School of Medicine and the immediate past chair of the ACP Foundation, will serve as steering committee chair.
While the number of people with HIV in the U.S. continues to grow, with an estimated 56,000 new HIV infections occurring each year, the HIV medical workforce is shrinking due to retirement among medical providers who entered the field more than twenty years ago.
"The complexity of HIV care mandates that we have HIV experts to provide care and education to people living with HIV and AIDS, but there is a growing shortage of HIV experts," said Sweet. "With this generous Positive Charge grant...the ACP Foundation is launching this important initiative to address the HIV medical workforce shortage, adding to the incredibly talented, experienced, and dedicated professionals that currently provide the complex care required by people who are living with HIV. This is an important step forward in increasing access to specialist care and improving outcomes for people living with HIV and AIDS in the U.S."