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AIDS Behav. 2013 Oct;17(8):2644-53. doi: 10.1007/s10461-011-0057-1.

Disease progression and characteristics of HIV-infected women with and without a history of criminal justice involvement.

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Arnold School of Public Health, University of South Carolina, 800 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC, 29208, USA, eren.youmans@gmail.com.

Abstract

Early HIV diagnosis followed by prompt linkage to and consistent retention in HIV-related care is important to decrease morbidity and mortality. Progression to AIDS is of particular interest in HIV-positive women with a history of criminal justice-involvement due to their lack of access to care in the community and poor retention in HIV primary care. In this retrospective cohort study, we characterize the risk of developing AIDS among HIV-infected women with and without a history of criminal justice-involvement. Mean time to AIDS diagnosis was longer [123 ± 3.26 months] for women with no criminal justice-involvement when compared to women who were arrested or who went to prison. Women who were arrested (HR: 1.92, 95% CI: 1.43, 2.58) and women who went to prison (HR: 2.27, 95% CI: 1.52, 3.39) had an increased risk of developing AIDS when compared to women without criminal justice-involvement.

PMID:
21983697
DOI:
10.1007/s10461-011-0057-1
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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