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HIV Serostatus Disclosure and Engagement in Medical Care Among Predominantly Low Income but Insured African American Adults with HIV

HIV Serostatus Disclosure and Engagement in Medical Care Among Predominantly Low Income but Insured African American Adults with HIV

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NlmCategory="UNASSIGNED">More than half of persons living with HIV (PLWH) do not enter into or remain in continuous HIV medical care. Disclosure of HIV serostatus to social contacts may play an important role in successful engagement of PLWH with medical care. The effect of disclosure on medical care engagement was examined in a sample of African American PLWH (n = 262) recruited from community-based organizations as part of a peer community health worker initiative. At baseline assessment, many of the PLWH (46 %) reported they had not disclosed their serostatus to others. Engagement in medical care was assessed 45 and 90 days after enrollment. Participants who disclosed their HIV status were subsequently more likely to engage in HIV medical care (78 %) than persons who did not disclose their status (66 %), an effect that was confirmed in multiple logistic regression. The findings highlight disclosure as an important predictor of engagement in HIV medical care for PLWH.

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Accession: 057961345

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PMID: 27460094

DOI: 10.1007/s10461-016-1479-6

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