HIV-Positive Individuals on Antiretroviral Therapy and with Viral Load Suppressed in 12 Infectious Diseases Clinics in Italy: Successes and Disparities in the HIV Continuum of Care

M. Raimondo, L. Camoni, B. Suligoi, P. Pezzotti

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Abstract

The HIV care continuum is a tool that describes the quality of HIV care for people living with HIV and assesses the extent to which the goal of viral suppression has been achieved. In 2014, we conducted a retrospective cross-sectional study to assess the characteristics associated with three steps of the HIV continuum of care in Italy [i.e., most recent diagnoses, people diagnosed and in care who are on therapy, and people with viral load (VL) suppressed among those on therapy]. Among the 10,262 individuals diagnosed and linked to care, 9,810 (95.6%) were on therapy and among these 8,383 (85.7%) had VL suppressed. The comparison between people diagnosed in 2013 to those diagnosed before 2013 shows that they were more likely to be male [adjusted odds ratios (AOR) = 1.46; 95% confidence interval (95% CI): 1.18-1.79],
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)575-582
Number of pages8
JournalAIDS Research and Human Retroviruses
Volume33
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017

Keywords

  • AIDS
  • HIV
  • prevalence
  • anti human immunodeficiency virus agent
  • adult
  • antiretroviral therapy
  • Article
  • CD4 lymphocyte count
  • comparative study
  • controlled study
  • cross-sectional study
  • disease association
  • female
  • health care disparity
  • human
  • Human immunodeficiency virus infection
  • Human immunodeficiency virus prevalence
  • Italy
  • major clinical study
  • male
  • men who have sex with men
  • patient care
  • priority journal
  • retrospective study
  • United Nations
  • virus load

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