22 June 2018 - Same-day antiretroviral therapy (ART) initiation and multi-month scripting (MMS), two best practices along the continuum of prevention to care, are key to reducing loss to follow-up (LTFU) and improving treatment outcomes. Immediate, same-day initiation into treatment reduces LTFU at a key juncture in care and treatment, while MMS reduces the number of required clinic visits, wait time and travel costs—also contributing to treatment retention. In December 2017, the Vietnam Administration for HIV/AIDS Control (VAAC) issued updated national care and treatment guidelines, including to authorize MMS and emphasize early treatment, which necessitated a series of additional steps to operationalize and scale up these crucial strategies. To respond to this, USAID SHIFT worked with VAAC to finalize a technical package, training curriculum and tools, which were used to conduct trainings in Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) June 12-13, and in Hanoi June 20-21. These trainings, conducted in conjunction with HCMC’s Provincial AIDS Center and Hanoi’s Preventive Medicine Center, reached 87 officials and health care providers from 24 hospitals and HIV treatment facilities with the skills and tools needed to implement same-day ART and MMS in July. So what?Implementing same-day ART and MMS makes it easier for patients to enroll in treatment early, stay in treatment and reach viral suppression, ultimately improving treatment outcomes and contributing to epidemic control.