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Unmet needs for HIV ancillary services among persons with diagnosed HIV aged 55 years and older

J Acquir Immune Defic Syndr. 2023 Dec 22. doi: 10.1097/QAI.0000000000003365. Online ahead of print.


BACKGROUND: Approximately two in five persons with HIV (PWH) in the United States are aged ≥55 years. HIV ancillary services, such as case management and transportation services, can help older PWH remain engaged in care. We used data from the Medical Monitoring Project (MMP) to describe the prevalence of unmet needs for ancillary services among persons with diagnosed HIV aged ≥55 years.

SETTING: Medical Monitoring Project is an annual cross-sectional study that reports representative estimates on adults with diagnosed HIV in the United States.

METHODS: We used MMP data collected during 6/2019-5/2021 to calculate weighted percentages of cisgender men and cisgender women with HIV aged ≥55 years with unmet needs for ancillary services, overall and by selected characteristics (N=3,200). Unmet need was defined as needing but not receiving a given ancillary service. We assessed differences between groups using prevalence ratios (PRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) with predicted marginal means.

RESULTS: Overall, 37.7% of cisgender men and women with HIV aged ≥55 years had ≥1 unmet need for ancillary services. Overall, 16.6% had ≥1 unmet need for HIV support services, 26.9% for non-HIV medical services, and 26.7% for subsistence services. There were no statistically significant differences in unmet needs for services by gender. The prevalence of ≥1 unmet need was higher among non-White persons (PR range: 1.35-1.63), persons who experienced housing instability (PR=1.70), and those without any private insurance (PR range: 1.49-1.83).

CONCLUSION: A large percentage of older PWH have unmet needs for ancillary services. Given the challenges that older PWH face related to the interaction of HIV and aging-associated factors, deficits in the provision of ancillary services should be addressed.

PMID:38133575 | DOI:10.1097/QAI.0000000000003365

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