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12.04.2019 | Original Paper | Ausgabe 9/2019

AIDS and Behavior 9/2019

Predictors of Successful HIV Care Re-engagement Among Persons Poorly Engaged in HIV Care

AIDS and Behavior > Ausgabe 9/2019
Elizabeth J. Chang, Mark Fleming, Angela Nunez, Julia C. Dombrowski
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The Data to Care (D2C) strategy uses HIV surveillance data to identify persons living with HIV (PLWH) who are poorly engaged in care and offers assistance with care re-engagement. We evaluated HIV care re-engagement among PLWH in Seattle & King County, Washington after participation in a D2C program and determined whether variables available at the time of the D2C interview predicted subsequent re-engagement in care. We defined successful re-engagement as surveillance evidence of either continuous care engagement (≥ 2 CD4 counts or HIV RNA results ≥ 60 days apart) or viral suppression (≥ 1 HIV RNA < 200 copies/mL) in the year following the D2C interview. Predictor variables included client characteristics, beliefs about HIV care, and scores on psychosocial assessment scales. Half of participants successfully re-engaged in care. We did not find any significant predictors of re-engagement except viral suppression at the time of the D2C interview. Close follow-up is needed to identify which D2C participants need additional assistance re-engaging in care.

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