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Trillion virion delay: time from testing positive for HIV to presentation for primary care.

Authors
  • Samet, J H
  • Freedberg, K A
  • Stein, M D
  • Lewis, R
  • Savetsky, J
  • Sullivan, L
  • Levenson, S M
  • Hingson, R
Type
Published Article
Journal
Archives of Internal Medicine
Publisher
American Medical Association
Publication Date
Apr 13, 1998
Volume
158
Issue
7
Pages
734–740
Identifiers
PMID: 9554679
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

Patients with positive HIV test results often delay for more than a year before establishing primary medical care. Information readily available at the time of HIV testing concerning substance abuse, social support, and awareness of personal HIV risk status is useful in identifying patients who are at high risk of not linking with primary care. Patients who were notified of their HIV status by mail or telephone delayed considerably longer than those notified in person. Efforts to ensure primary care linkage at the time of notification of positive HIV serostatus are necessary to maximize benefits for both individual and public health and should be an explicit task of posttest counseling.

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