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New York City successfully locates HIV-positive patients 'lost to follow-up'
Date:5/30/2013

Philadelphia, Pa. (May 30, 2013) Public health officials in New York City have launched a successful program to locate HIV-positive patients who have been "lost to follow-up" and reconnect them with treatment services, reports a study published in AIDS, official journal of the International AIDS Society. AIDS is published by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, a part of Wolters Kluwer Health.

Efforts to restart antiretroviral therapy are especially important with the current emphasis on "treatment-as-prevention" for HIV, according to the study by Chi-Chi N. Udeagu, MPH, and colleagues of the New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene. The article is available on the AIDS journal homepage and in the June 12 print edition.

Effort to Locate HIV Patients Lost to Follow-Up

The program used the NYC HIV surveillance registry to identify patients who had previously tested positive for HIV but did not have current information on routine laboratory test results. Public health case workers made intensive effortsincluding phone calls, mail, home visits, and Internet searches to contact this group of "lost to follow-up" patients.

Once located, patients were offered help in re-engaging with treatment services and restarting HIV care. They were also targeted for efforts to identify sexual partners who might be at risk of HIV.

Case workers were able to locate 689 out of 797 patients presumed lost to follow-up. After being contacted, 33 percent of patients were found to be up-to-date with HIV treatment their most recent lab results were not yet reported in the database, or they were seen by HIV medical providers not required to r
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Contact: Connie Hughes
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646-674-6348
Wolters Kluwer Health
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