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J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 2008 Jul-Aug;19(4):302-10. doi: 10.1016/j.jana.2008.05.002.

Care of HIV-infected Latinos in the United States: a description of calls to the National HIV/AIDS Clinicians' Consultation Center.

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  • 1National HIV/AIDS Clinicians' Consultation Center and Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of California, San Francisco, USA.


HIV disproportionately affects the Latino population in the United States. Little is known about clinicians who provide HIV care to the Latino community or the types of issues they face. This report presents descriptive analyses of calls made by clinicians who care for HIV-infected Latinos to two lines of the National HIV/AIDS Clinicians' Consultation Center, the National HIV Telephone Consultation Service (Warmline) and the National Perinatal HIV Consultation and Referral Service (Perinatal HIV Hotline). Separate analyses of data from Latino clinicians are also presented. The majority of Warmline calls about Latino patients (81.0%) concerned antiretroviral treatment strategies or HIV-related conditions. More than half (54.3%) of perinatal-specific calls concerned HIV management during pregnancy and the care of HIV-exposed infants. Latino clinicians most frequently called about minority patients. This descriptive study adds to the growing literature about the care of the Latino HIV-infected patient. The Warmline and Perinatal HIV Hotline are resources for HIV care providers in the nursing and medical care of Latinos.

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