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Socioeconomic determinants of mortality in HIV: evidence from a clinical cohort in Uganda

Burkey, Matthew D. MD, MPH; Weiser, Sheri D. MD, MA, MPH; Fehmie, Desiree MPH, MSc; Alamo-Talisuna, Stella MD, PhD; Sunday, Pamella MS; Nannyunja, Joy; Reynolds, Steven J. MD; Chang, Larry W. MD, MPH Published Ahead-of-Print Abstract Objective: To delineate the association between baseline socioeconomic status (SES) indicators and mortality and lost to follow-up (LTFU) in a cohort of HIV-infected individuals enrolled in   antiretroviral treatment   (ART) in urban Uganda. Design: Retrospective cohort   study   nested in an antiretroviral clinic-based cohort. Methods: SES indicators including education,   employment   status, and a standardized wealth index, and other demographic and clinical variables were assessed at baseline among ART-treated patients in a clinic-based cohort in Kampala, Uganda. Confirmed mortality (primary outcome) and LTFU (secondary outcome) were actively ascertained over a 4-year follow-up period from 2005-2009. Results: Among 1763 adults (

Partners In Protection Commitment Practices: Safer sex Tips

How to make sex safer in 4 simple steps Just started a new method of birth control? Congrats! You should still use condoms. by   Robin   Wallace, MD share this facebook twitter stumble upon email google+ Most of us have said, or heard a friend say, at one point or another “Hello birth control—goodbye   condoms !” I get the thought process behind this—but as a   healthcare provider   for young women, it worries me. Here’s why: young women have the highest risk for accidental pregnancy   and   sexually transmitted infections   (STIs). Double trouble... A   recent study in Northern California   showed that many young   women   (ages 15-24) have trouble using   condoms   and hormonal birth control at the same time. The study followed 1,000 young women who started a new method of hormonal birth control. When they started the study, 36% of the women used condoms regularly for protection, and 5% used both condoms and birth control (a.k.a. “ dual protect