2013 JUL 29 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at AIDS Weekly -- New research on AIDS Behavior is the subject of a report. According to news reporting originating in Atlanta, Georgia, by NewsRx journalists, research stated, "This qualitative systematic review examined interventions that promote linkage to or utilization of HIV care among HIV-diagnosed persons in the United States. We conducted automated searches of electronic databases (i.e., MEDLINE, EMBASE, PsycINFO, CINAHL) and manual searches of journals, reference lists, and listservs."
The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, "Fourteen studies from 19 published reports between 1996 and 2011 met our inclusion criteria. We developed a three-tier approach, based on strength of study design, to evaluate 6 findings on linkage to care and 18 findings on HIV care utilization. Our review identified similar strategies for the two outcomes, including active coordinator's role in helping with linking to or utilizing HIV care; offering information and education about HIV care; providing motivational or strengths-based counseling; accompanying clients to medical appointments and helping with appointment coordination. The interventions focused almost exclusively on individual-level factors."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "More research is recommended to examine interventions that address system and structural barriers."
For more information on this research see: Interventions to Promote Linkage to and Utilization of HIV Medical Care Among HIV-diagnosed Persons: A Qualitative Systematic Review, 1996-2011. Aids and Behavior, 2013;17(6):1941-62. Aids and Behavior can be contacted at: Springer, 233 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013, USA. (Springer - www.springer.com; Aids and Behavior - www.springerlink.com/content/1090-7165/)
Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting A. Liau, Prevention Research Branch, Division of HIV, AIDS Prevention, US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1600 Clifton Road, Mailstop E-37, Atlanta, GA, 30333, United States (see also AIDS Behavior).
The publisher of the journal Aids and Behavior can be contacted at: Springer, 233 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013, USA.
Keywords for this news article include: Atlanta, Georgia, HIV/AIDS, RNA Viruses, Retroviridae, United States, AIDS Behavior, HIV Infections, Vertebrate Viruses, Primate Lentiviruses, North and Central America, Viral Sexually Transmitted Diseases.
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