AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 12, Issue 5, pp 815–821

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

  • Randal Henry
  • Jean L. Richardson
  • Susan Stoyanoff
  • Gary P. García
  • Fredrick Dorey
  • Ellen Iverson
  • Jan B. King
Brief Report

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 

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© Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2007

Authors and Affiliations

  • Randal Henry
    • 1
  • Jean L. Richardson
    • 2
  • Susan Stoyanoff
    • 2
  • Gary P. García
    • 3
  • Fredrick Dorey
    • 4
  • Ellen Iverson
    • 1
  • Jan B. King
    • 3
  1. 1.Community Health Outcomes and Intervention Research Program, Childrens Hospital Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA
  2. 2.Department of Preventive Medicine, Keck School of MedicineUniversity of Southern CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA
  3. 3.Office of AIDS Programs and PolicyLos Angeles County Department of Public HealthLos AngelesUSA
  4. 4.The Saban Research InstituteChildrens Hospital Los AngelesLos AngelesUSA

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