Clinic Network Collaboration and Patient Tracing to Maximize Retention in HIV Care
James H McMahon, Richard Moore, Beng Eu, Ban-Kiem Tee, Marcus Chen, Carol El-Hayek, Alan Street, Ian Woolley, Andrew Buggie, Danielle Collins, Nicholas Medland, Jennifer Hoy
PLOS ONE | PUBLIC LIBRARY SCIENCE | Published : 2015
BACKGROUND: Understanding retention and loss to follow up in HIV care, in particular the number of people with unknown outcomes, is critical to maximise the benefits of antiretroviral therapy. Individual-level data are not available for these outcomes in Australia, which has an HIV epidemic predominantly focused amongst men who have sex with men. METHODS AND FINDINGS: A network of the 6 main HIV clinical care sites was established in the state of Victoria, Australia. Individuals who had accessed care at these sites between February 2011 and June 2013 as assessed by HIV viral load testing but not accessed care between June 2013 and February 2014 were considered individuals with potentially un..View full abstract
This work was funded by a Gilead Fellowship Grant (https://gileadfellowship.com.au/). The grant is a competitively funded award for investigator initiated proposals. The funders had no role in study design, data collection and analysis, decision to publish, or preparation of the manuscript.