The Serostatus Approach to Fighting the HIV Epidemic: prevention strategies for infected individuals

Am J Public Health. 2001 Jul;91(7):1019-24. doi: 10.2105/ajph.91.7.1019.


In the United States, HIV prevention programs have historically tailored activities for specific groups primarily on the basis of behavioral risk factors and demographic characteristics. Through the Serostatus Approach to Fighting the Epidemic (SAFE), the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is now expanding prevention programs, especially for individuals with HIV, to reduce the risk of transmission as a supplement to current programs that primarily focus on reducing the risk of acquisition of the virus. For individuals with HIV, SAFE comprises action steps that focus on diagnosing all HIV-infected persons, linking them to appropriate high-quality care and prevention services, helping them adhere to treatment regimens, and supporting them in adopting and sustaining HIV risk reduction behavior. SAFE couple a traditional infectious disease control focus on the infected person with behavioral interventions that have been standard for HIV prevention programs.

MeSH terms

  • AIDS Serodiagnosis
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, U.S. / organization & administration*
  • Disease Outbreaks / prevention & control*
  • HIV Infections / blood
  • HIV Infections / diagnosis
  • HIV Infections / epidemiology*
  • HIV Infections / immunology
  • HIV Infections / prevention & control*
  • HIV Seroprevalence
  • Health Behavior
  • Health Services Accessibility / standards
  • Humans
  • Needs Assessment
  • Organizational Objectives
  • Patient Compliance
  • Patient Education as Topic
  • Population Surveillance
  • Primary Prevention
  • Public Health Practice*
  • Risk Factors
  • Risk-Taking
  • United States / epidemiology