Gaps along the HIV care continuum: findings among a population seeking sexual health care services in New York City

Summary:

Linkage and re-linkage to HIV care for virally unsuppressed persons with new sexually transmitted infections is critical for ending the HIV epidemic. This study aimed to quantify HIV care continuum gaps, and viral suppression among HIV-positive in New York City sexual health clinics. The study authors assessed HIV care continuum outcomes before and after DOV (date of visit) for new-positives, prevalent-positives, and unknown-positives using registry laboratory data. The study concluded many HIV-positive persons, including those with uncontrolled HIV infection, attend SHCs and potentially contribute to HIV spread. However, HIV status often is not known to staff, resulting in missed linkage/re-linkage to care opportunities. Better outcomes could be facilitated by real-time ascertainment of HIV status and HIV care status.

Citation: Pathela P, Jamison K, Braunstein SL, Schillinger JA, Tymejczyk O, Nash D. Gaps along the HIV care continuum: findings among a population seeking sexual health care services in New York City. J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2018 Mar 2. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000001674. Link to Article>>