Data To Care

Data to Care (DTC or D2C) is a public health strategy that uses HIV surveillance data to identify people living with HIV (PLWH) who are not in care and re-engage them in care. DTC also supports PLWH along the HIV care continuum. DTC is promoted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and implemented by a number of health departments across the US.

Benefits of DTC

DTC potentially benefits PLWH who are not receiving care as well as the public, by:

  • Increasing the number of PLWH with access to life-saving treatment
  • Reducing ongoing HIV transmission
  • Increasing understanding of the health benefits of HIV treatment

Goals of DTC

The goals of DTC are to improve health outcomes for PLWH by helping clients:

  • ​Be in care (engaged)
  • Stay in continuous HIV care (retention)
  • Achieve and maintain a viral load less than 200 copies/mL (viral suppression)
  • Prevent a new HIV infection (prevention)

DTC supports the goals of the national HIV/AIDS strategy (NHAS):

  • Reduce the number of new infections
  • Increase access to care
  • Improve health outcomes

DTC Success

The success of DTC also improves:

  • General surveillance data
  • Identification of reporting issues
  • Outcomes for PLWH
  • Identification of barriers to care not already known
  • Reduction of stigma associated with HIV
The CDC has additional information about DTC.

Additional Information