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AIDS Behav. 2018 Apr 21. doi: 10.1007/s10461-018-2115-4. [Epub ahead of print]

Making the Connection: Using Videoconferencing to Increase Linkage to Care for Incarcerated Persons Living with HIV Post-release.

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1
Louisiana Department of Health - Office of Public Health STD/HIV Program, 1450 Poydras Street, Suite 2136, New Orleans, LA, 70130, USA. Antoine.Brantley@la.gov.
2
Louisiana Department of Health - Office of Public Health STD/HIV Program, 1450 Poydras Street, Suite 2136, New Orleans, LA, 70130, USA.
3
Louisiana Department of Health - Bureau of Health Services Financing, Baton Rouge, LA, USA.
4
The Bridging Group, LLC, Oakland, CA, USA.
5
Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center at New Orleans, New Orleans, LA, USA.

Abstract

Incarcerated persons living with HIV (PLWH) have relatively high levels of HIV care engagement and antiretroviral therapy adherence during incarceration, but few are able to maintain these levels upon reentry into the community. In Louisiana, PLWH nearing release from prisons were offered video conferences with case managers housed in community based organizations aimed at facilitating linkage to care in the community. Of the 144 persons who received a video conference during the study period, 74.3% had linked to HIV care in the community within 90 days after release. Compared to the comparison group (n = 94), no statistically significant difference in linkage rate was detected (p > 0.05). Nonetheless, the video conference supplement was positively received by clients and case management agencies in the community and the lack of a detectable impact may be due to early difficulties in intervention delivery and study design limitations. Further study is needed to determine the value of the video conferencing supplement in other settings.

KEYWORDS:

Case management; HIV; Incarceration; Linkage to care; Telemedicine

PMID:
29680934
DOI:
10.1007/s10461-018-2115-4

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