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Today’s Houston Chronicle writes that the success of Revathi Jyothindran and Joshua Liao’s Schweitzer project “[suggests] new solutions for a problem that has been around since the virus emerged as a mysterious killer 30 years ago”:

Dr. Shkelzen Hoxhaj, director of the emergency room at Ben Taub Hospital, where Liao and Jyothindran’s project is based, said 80 percent of newly diagnosed patients sought follow-up care during the project, twice as many as before.

The hospital district already offered information on where to find treatment, and both the district and the city health department try to steer people to medical care.

But Hoxhaj said Jyothindran and Liao made a huge difference through their personal outreach and explanations of why the newly diagnosed should begin treatment.

“We’d like to build on that,” he said.

Their fellowship ends May 31, but the work will continue, as two other Baylor medical students, John Lin and Dennis Shung, were named Schweitzer fellows for the coming year to work on the issue.

Read the full article about Jyothindran and Liao’s trailblazing efforts to link newly diagnosed HIV patients with follow-up care here. Their project will be continued and expanded by two newly-selected Houston-Galveston Schweitzer Fellows from Baylor College of Medicine, John Lin and Dennis Shung.

For more backstory on Jyothindran and Liao’s motivations, visit their earlier “Five Questions for a Fellow” interview on ASF’s official blog, Beyond Boulders.