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Office of AIDS

Strategic Rapid Antiretroviral Treatment (ART)​

Request for Application (RFA) #23-10041​​

The purpose of this RFA is to fund the development of innovative, stigma-free, culturally, and linguistically competent, evidence-based demonstration projects that will deliver rapid ART to people living with HIV (PLWH). For the purposes of this RFA, “rapid ART” is defined as initiation within 0–3 days. Projects must be strategic in that they intentionally serve individuals from the most underserved populations that are most disproportionately affected by HIV and must do so by implementing a combination of in-person and telehealth services. As indicated by HIV surveillance data, the populations most vulnerable to HIV are Black/African American (AA) and Latinx individuals. Applicants may propose to serve other populations for which local and/or national data indicates a disproportionate impact by HIV (e.g. Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islanders (NH/PI) or American Indian/Alaskan Native (AI/AN)). Projects will include rapid initiation of ART, medication adherence counseling, follow-up and education using a combination of in-person and telehealth methods to improve retention in care and increase viral suppression rates. Additionally, projects will educate clients, medical providers, clinic/agency staff and the community at large about the concept and principles of Undetectable = Untransmissible (U=U). Through these program components, the resulting projects will substantially reduce the time to viral suppression for PLWH, provide clinical benefits to clients and reduce risk of HIV transmission.

OA looks forward to receiving applications from all eligible entities to support implementation of strategic rapid ART services to improve health outcomes for Black/AA, Latinx or data supported underserved PLWH through several methods by reducing HIV-related health disparities, reducing new HIV infections, and achieving maximal results in addressing the HIV epidemic in California. 

The RFA​ (PDF) is available in the table on the left side of this webpage.​

Please note the following important dates:

  • Strategic Rapid ART Community Zoom Webinar will be held on Friday, March 24, 2023 from 1:00 PM to 2:30 PM PST. Join Zoom Meeting​: - Meeting ID: 930 848 8860, Passcode: Y7QV3g 
  • Questions about the Strategic Rapid ART RFA must be submitted in writing by email to by Wednesday, March 29, 2023 by 5:00 PM PST.
  • Questions and responses will be posted on this RFA landing page on Tuesday, April 4, 2023 by 5:00 PM PST
  • Mandatory electronic Letter of Intent (LOI) is due on Friday, April 7, 2023 by 12:00 Noon PST. RFA Attachments will be sent to those who submit LOI. 
  • Electronic application submission is due on Thursday, May 11, 2023 by 5:00 PM PST. Late applications will not be accepted. 
  • Please see the RFA for LOI and application submission information.

If you have any questions, please send an e-mail to​

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