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Multilevel Barriers to Engagement in the HIV Care Continuum Among Residents of the State of Rhode Island Living with HIV

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An estimated 1.2 million people in the United States are living with HIV. Of those living with HIV, only 40% are engaged in HIV care, 37% are prescribed antiretroviral therapy (ART), and 30% are virally suppressed. Individual-, interpersonal-, and structural-level factors that represent barriers to engagement along the HIV care continuum are important to identify in order to inform priority areas and interventions. 296 adult residents of Rhode Island living with HIV between November 2015 and January 2016 were asked to participate in an observational study (Ryan White Part B Health Resources and Services Administration-funded consumer needs assessment) to identify the multilevel factors associated with engagement in the HIV care continuum outcomes (i.e., being retained in care, being prescribed ART, adhering to ART, and achieving viral suppression—all in the past 12 months).

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