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Continuity of Care in a Cohort of HIV-Infected Former Jail Detainees

Publication: Journal of Correctional Health Care
Volume 19, Issue Number 1


This article describes a retrospective cohort study of HIV-infected jail detainees cared for at the Cook County Jail Clinic (CCJC), Illinois, between January and June 2007. Continuity care engagement (CCE) was defined as being seen at least once within 6 months after release at the designated continuity clinics. Being highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) naïve during or prior to detention, no prior HIV care, and detectable viral load at initial CCJC visit were associated with continuity care nonengagement (CCNE), while being HAART naïve during detention was the only independent predictor for CCNE. Identification of at-risk detainees and interventions based on these findings should be considered to improve CCE in this population.

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cover image Journal of Correctional Health Care
Journal of Correctional Health Care
Volume 19Issue Number 1January 2013
Pages: 36 - 42
PubMed: 23023657


Published in print: January 2013
Published online: 1 January 2013


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Thana Khawcharoenporn [email protected]
Section of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USA
The Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, Chicago, IL, USA
Division of Infectious Diseases, Faculty of Medicine, Thammasat University, Pathumthani, Thailand
Chad Zawitz
The Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, Chicago, IL, USA
Cermak Health Service Division, Cook County Jail, Chicago, IL, USA
Jeremy D. Young
Section of Infectious Diseases, Immunology and International Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
Harold A. Kessler
Section of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Rush University Medical Center, Chicago, IL, USA
The Ruth M. Rothstein CORE Center, Chicago, IL, USA


Corresponding Author: Thana Khawcharoenporn, MD, Section of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, Rush University Medical Center, 600 S. Paulina St., Suites 140-143, Chicago, IL 60612 USA [email protected]

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