Individual and structural factors influencing HIV care linkage and engagement: Perceived barriers and solutions among HIV-positive persons

UNCG Author/Contributor (non-UNCG co-authors, if there are any, appear on document)
Alice Ma, Doctoral Student (Creator)
Amanda Elizabeth Tanner, Assistant Professor (Creator)
Institution
The University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG )
Web Site: http://library.uncg.edu/

Abstract: To meet the National HIV/AIDS Strategy’s goals of reducing and preventing HIV transmission, understanding factors that shape HIV-positive persons’ care-seeking behaviors is critical. Accordingly, this study examined factors that affect HIV care linkage and engagement. Six focus groups were conducted with 33 HIV-positive persons living in North Carolina. A variety of factors influenced care behaviors, including: structural and policy factors, relationship with HIV care systems, and individuals’ personal characteristics. Participants also provided solutions for addressing specific factors to care. Improving clinical services and utilizing context-specific strategies can help facilitate greater care linkage and engagement.

Additional Information

Publication
Journal of HIV/AIDS & Social Services
Language: English
Date: 2016
Keywords
Care engagement, care linkage, health care access, HIV, qualitative methods

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