The Southeast has high rates of church attendance and HIV infection rates. We evaluated the relationship between church attendance and HIV viremia in a Southeastern US, HIV-infected cohort.
Viremia (viral load ≥200 copies/ml) was analyzed 12 months after initiation of care. Univariate and multivariable logistic regression models were fit for variables potentially related to viremia. Of 382 patients, 74 % were virally suppressed at 12 months.
Protective variables included church attendance, being on antiretroviral therapy, CD4+ T lymphocyte count 200-350 cells/mm3 at care entry, and education. Variables predicting viremia included black race and selective disclosure of HIV status.
Church attendance may provide needed support for patients entering HIV care for the first time.
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- 1Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, ZRB 206, 1720 2nd Ave South, Birmingham, AL, 35294, USA.
- 2Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine, University of Alabama at Birmingham, ZRB 206, 1720 2nd Ave South, Birmingham, AL, 35294, USA. firstname.lastname@example.org.
- 3Department of Health Care Organization and Policy, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL, USA.
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