Barcelona 2013
Barcelona 2013
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Abstract #285  -  E-Posters English
  50.41: E-Posters English (Poster) on Sunday   in  Chaired by
  Presenting Author:   Dr Amira Herdoiza - Corporación Kimirina, Ecuador
  Additional Authors:  Dr. Jordi Casabona, Sra Cristina Sanclemente, Dra. Anna  Esteve, Dra. Victoria Gonzalez, Grupo HIVITS TS,  
Involving people living with HIV (PLHIV) is important in promoting PLHIV rights. In Ecuador, few PLHIV are active in HIV/AIDS community-based organizations (CBOs). We identified factors associated with PLHIV contact with HIV/AIDS CBOs to better target PLHIV profiles.
Method / Issue:
The community-based research Partages was implemented in Ecuador on 300 PLHIV in 2 public hospitals. After providing informed consent, participants answered an anonymous questionnaire. A weighted logistic regression helped determine variables independently associated with PLHIV contact with CBOs.
Results / Comments:
The following results were found: those over 36 years old (OR 95%CI 3.60[1.54-8.41]), those wanting to talk with care providers (OR 95%CI 4.08[1.69-9.88]);those reporting regularly share of their life with HIV with friends (OR 95%CI 4.08 [2.63 [1.16 - 5.95]); those reporting considerable HIV-related social consequences (OR 95%CI 1.63[1.01-2.64]), those with high self-efficacy scores (OR 95%CI 1.49[1.09-2.03]). A high ?disclosure control? score was negatively associated with CBO contact (OR 95%CI 0.72 [0.57-0.92]).
In the past the need to make ARVs available in Ecuador was the process driver for contacting HIV/AIDS CBOs. Today, the search for social support is the key and this fact endorses a global approach to care (i.e not simply providing ARVs). Contact with CBOs probably leads to more information access and to empowerment resulting in improved self-efficacy.
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