, Volume 12, Issue 5, pp 815-821
Date: 08 Aug 2007

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

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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.