Mitchell H. Katz, MD; Andrew B. Bindman, MD; Miriam S. Komaromy, MD
Katz MH, Bindman AB, Komaromy MS. Coping with HIV Infection: Why People Delay Care. Ann Intern Med. 1992;117:797. doi: 10.7326/0003-4819-117-9-797_1
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Published: Ann Intern Med. 1992;117(9):797.
To the Editors: Many persons infected with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) delay initiating care until their disease is advanced (1).
We investigated factors associated with delay in seeking HIV-related care among 56 ambulatory patients who initiated care at San Francisco General Hospital between June 1990 and February 1991 and who had not had previous measurement of CD4 lymphocyte count.
Participants were questioned regarding demographics (age, race, HIV risk group, income, employment status, education), substance use, social support, and beliefs regarding barriers to and benefits of treatment for the acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) (2). We also assessed mental health, health
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