Changes in the United States federal-level political landscape have been felt within immigrant communities, and the public health clinics that serve them. We sought to document how HIV prevention and care clinics in California are reaching and retaining their immigrant community patients during a period of retrenchment of accessible public resources and immigrant rights. Paper available at: https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0229291
Housing has a major influence on health outcomes. The link between housing and health is of heightened concern in the San Francisco Bay Area, including Alameda County, because of a growing housing crisis. There is currently a shortfall of almost 60,000 affordable homes in the county. This report documents the impact of the housing crisis on people living with or at risk for HIV.
People living with HIV (PLWH) experience a disproportionate rate of trauma compared to the general population and trauma’s association with poorer treatment adherence, health outcomes and increased risk behavior has long been known. Current literature examines sources and experiences of trauma among PLWH, including intimate partner violence, gender violence, experiencing and witnessing violence, child abuse, sexual abuse, and racism. The purpose of this study is to explore whether trauma-informed care is systemically integrated in HIV care settings in California and examines how different health care and social service providers define trauma-informed care and how they translate existing knowledge into practice. ... [Read More];
In the first of a two-part series, we explore the impact of the opioid epidemic on HIV and other health conditions in California and Nevada. This brief outlines the intersections between the HIV and opioid epidemics in two heavily impacted western states: California and Nevada. The opioid crisis, which is driven largely by the misuse of prescription and synthetic opioids and illicit substances, such as heroin and illegally manufactured fentanyl, directly impacts public health efforts to reduce HIV transmission.
This Brief provides an update to the Southern California HIV/AIDS Policy Research Center policy brief Examining Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP) Uptake among Medi-Cal Beneficiaries in California. It provides additional information related to PrEP utilization at the intersection of race/ethnicity and sex. These data show that the number of Medi-Cal beneficiaries receiving PrEP in California continued to grow from 2013 through 2017. Large differences across racial/ethnic and age groups persist.... [Read More]
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