A homeless individual with an HIV/AIDS positive case is considered part of a special risk group population. There are programs available in the state of California in cities like San Diego, Los Angeles, and San Francisco that are trying to screen, treat and monitor the homeless individuals who are HIV/AIDS positive. These programs aim for routine screening and monitoring and reach to zero prevalence of HIV/AIDS from this special risk group. The goal is to get the homeless individuals who are HIV/AIDS positive to be on track towards housing support that is available for their transition. So that they can go back to their normal lives they have to successfully adhere to treatment and medication as stated in the program. In hopes to decrease HIV/AIDS transmission and decrease mortality there is a huge need for people who will work with the local government and other programs who have not been able to successfully keep up with the field work needed such as in screening, treating and monitoring this special risk population. In trying to keep medical records of the patients, electronic methods of tracking the progress of their adherence to medications and successful viral suppression is being used so that gathering of information will be much easier. How is it possible to create a better system that will support and make the target population come in and seek for help that is readily available for them if the real issue here seems to be a gap in the trusting relationships between patients and providers?


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Addressing Inherent Issues of Adherence to HIV/AIDS Medication in the United States’ Homeless Population in Urban Cities

Princess Narvasa

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