Brief Report

AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 12, Issue 5, pp 815-821

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HIV/AIDS Health Service Utilization by People Who have been Homeless

  • Randal HenryAffiliated withCommunity Health Outcomes and Intervention Research Program, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
  • , Jean L. RichardsonAffiliated withDepartment of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
  • , Susan StoyanoffAffiliated withDepartment of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
  • , Gary P. GarcíaAffiliated withOffice of AIDS Programs and Policy, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health
  • , Fredrick DoreyAffiliated withThe Saban Research Institute, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
  • , Ellen IversonAffiliated withCommunity Health Outcomes and Intervention Research Program, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
  • , Jan B. KingAffiliated withOffice of AIDS Programs and Policy, Los Angeles County Department of Public Health Email author 

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Abstract

People living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) who experience homelessness have competing priorities (e.g., food, security of property) and experience complex health-related issues (e.g., co-morbidities, transportation to clinics) that may interfere with utilizing health care services. Using data from 229 PLWHA we did not find that homelessness was related to fewer or shorter clinic visits. Patients who had ever been homeless were more likely to have a case manager (74.2%) than never homeless patients (58.8%). African American patients were less likely to have a case manager (57%) as compared to other ethnicities (66%) although this was not statistically significant.

Keywords

HIV/AIDS Homeless Utilization Health services HIV case managers