AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 12, Issue 5, pp 815–821

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

Authors

  • Randal Henry
    • Community Health Outcomes and Intervention Research Program, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
  • Jean L. Richardson
    • Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of MedicineUniversity of Southern California
  • Susan Stoyanoff
    • Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of MedicineUniversity of Southern California
  • Gary P. García
    • Office of AIDS Programs and PolicyLos Angeles County Department of Public Health
  • Fredrick Dorey
    • The Saban Research InstituteChildrens Hospital Los Angeles
  • Ellen Iverson
    • Community Health Outcomes and Intervention Research Program, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles
    • Office of AIDS Programs and PolicyLos Angeles County Department of Public Health
Brief Report

DOI: 10.1007/s10461-007-9282-z

Cite this article as:
Henry, R., Richardson, J.L., Stoyanoff, S. et al. AIDS Behav (2008) 12: 815. doi:10.1007/s10461-007-9282-z

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/AIDSHomelessUtilizationHealth servicesHIV case managers

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