OBJECTIVES. To examine whether competing subsistence needs and other barriers are associated with poorer access to medical care among persons infected with human immunodeficiency : virus (HIV), using self-reported data. DESIGN. Survey of a nationally representative sample of 2,864 adults receiving HIV care. MAIN INDEPENDENT VARIABLES. Going without care because of needing the money for food, clothing, or housing; postponing care because of not having transportation; not being able to get out of work; and being too sick. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES. Having fewer than three physician visits in the previous 6 months, visiting an emergency room without being hospitalized; never receiving antiretroviral agents, no prophylaxis for Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia in the previous 6 months for persons at risk, and low overall reported access on a six-item scale.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health