Access to HIV community services by vulnerable populations: Evidence from an enhanced HIV/AIDS surveillance system

  • Madden H
  • Phillips-Howard P
  • Hargreaves S
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HIV disproportionately affects vulnerable populations such as black and minority ethnic groups, men who have sex with men (MSM) and migrants, in many countries including those in the UK. Community organisations in the UK are charitable non-governmental organisations with a proportion of the workforce who volunteer, and provide invaluable additional support for people living with HIV (PLWHIV). Information on their contribution to HIV care in vulnerable groups is relatively sparse. Data generated from an enhanced HIV surveillance system in North West England, UK, was utilised for this study. We aimed to determine the characteristics of individuals who chose to access community services in addition to clinical services (1375 out of 4195 records of PLWHIV in clinical services). Demographic information, risk factors including residency status, uniquely gathered in this region, and deprivation scores were examined. Multivariate logistic regression modelling was conducted to predict the relative effect of patient characteristics on attendance at community services. Attendance at community services was highest in those living in the most, compared with least, deprived areas (p

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  • Community services
  • Deprivation
  • HIV
  • Health services
  • Third sector
  • Voluntary organisations

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  • H. C.E. Madden

  • P. A. Phillips-Howard

  • S. C. Hargreaves

  • J. Downing

  • M. A. Bellis

  • R. Vivancos

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