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Title: HIV positive but not in care: A follow-up study from Thailand
Authors: Pratuma Rithpro
Richard M. Grimes
Deanna E. Grimes
Wilawan Senaratana
Keywords: Immunology and Microbiology
Issue Date: 1-Mar-2012
Abstract: Twenty-two persons in Northern Thailand who knew of their HIV positivity but were not in care were identified. They had significant medical, economic, behavioral, and family problems. A nurse researcher carried out a 6-month intervention with them to (1) assess whether they would remain in contact with the researcher for 6 months and (2) assess whether they would make positive changes in their lives. All 22 participants remained in contact for 6 months. A 5-step intervention process resulted in substantial improvements in their lives. Eleven patients entered care. Five needed immediate antiretroviral therapy (ART) and improved their CD4 counts. Six others established primary care relationships for non-HIV care. Twelve obtained legal, full-, or part-time employment. Eight disclosed to family members. Nine participants and/or family members entered counseling. Twelve persons publicly disclosed themselves. Twelve reported reducing or stopping substance abuse. Of 4 sex workers, 2 ceased engaging in that work. © The Author(s) 2012.
ISSN: 15570886
Appears in Collections:CMUL: Journal Articles

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