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Yale: Certain Factors Found to Determine Whether Ex-Prisoners Continue to Receive HIV Care

Yale School of Public Health researchers analyzed retention in HIV care in the three years following incarceration and found that post-release factors such as housing, substance abuse treatment, case management and health insurance predict retention in HIV care along with the end goal — viral suppression. The study was published on Oct. 9 in PLOS Medicine.

Using databases from Connecticut Department of Correction and Connecticut Department of Public Health, the team found that among 1,094 HIV-positive individuals incarcerated in Connecticut prisons between 2007 and 2011, less than half were successfully retained in HIV care over the three years following their release. This study was led by Dr. Frederick Altice, a professor at the Yale School of Medicine and the Yale School of Public Health.