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Welcome to the BATLab’s Weekly Lit Review, where every week we post peer-reviewed papers relevant to our research projects.05

This week, take a look at this interesting paper published in AIDS and Behavior in 2011:

Key words: Social support, Stress, Stigma, HIV disclosure, Men who have sex with men, Women, African American, Latino

Abstract

Limited research has examined the role that social support, stress, stigma and HIV disclosure play in retention in HIV care for African Americans and Latinos. Among 398 Latino and African American men who have sex with men (MSM) and women, the major predictor of retention in HIV care was disclosure of HIV status to more social network members (OR = 1.5; 95% CI: 1.1, 1.9). Among those who had disclosed (n = 334), female gender (OR = 1.8, 95% CI: 1.1, 3.1) and disclosure of HIV status to more network members (OR = 1.5, 95% CI: 1.1, 1.9) was associated with retention in HIV care. General stress was associated with retention in care (OR = 1.2; 95% CI: 1.1, 1.3) for African American MSM who had disclosed. More MSM-stigma was associated with poorer retention (OR = 0.9; 95% CI: 0.8, 0.9) for Latino MSM. Interventions that help patients safely disclose their HIV status to more social network members may improve HIV care retention as would social network counseling for Latino MSM to reduce MSM-stigma.

This article was written by
  • Amy Rock Wohl
  • Frank H. Galvan
  • Hector F. Myers
  • Wendy Garland
  • Sheba George
  • Mallory Witt
  • Joseph Cadden
  • Eva Operskalski
  • Wilbert Jordan
  • Felix Carpio
  • Martin L. Lee

Contributors are from:

1.HIV Epidemiology Program, Los Angeles County Department of Public HealthLos Angeles, USA

2. Department of Preventive Medicine, USC Keck School of Medicine, Los Angeles, USA

3. Institute for Community Health Research, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles, USA

4. Department of Psychology, University of California at Los Angeles, Los Angeles, USA

5.Biomedical Research Center, Charles Drew University of Medicine and Science, Los Angeles, USA

6.Division of HIV Medicine, Harbor UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, USA

7.Rand Schrader HIV Clinic, Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center, Los Angeles, USA

8.Maternal Child and Adolescent Clinic, Los Angeles County/University of Southern California Medical Center, Los Angeles, USA

9.OASIS Clinic, Los Angeles County MLK-MACC, Los Angeles, USA

10.Daniel V. Lara Clinic, AltaMed Health Services Corporation, Los Angeles, USA

11.Department of Biostatistics, UCLA School of Public Health, Los Angeles, USA

Read more here: doi:10.1007/s10461-010-9833-6

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