Conflicts in Yemen exacerbate lost to follow-up rates of people living with HIV

M. Mayada Faisal Nabih, Sharifa Ezat Wan Puteh, Amrizal Muhammad Nur

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Introduction: The aim of the study is to examine demographic data of people living with human immunodeficiency virus (PLHIV) who are lost to followup (LTFU) during HIV treatment and care, in order to develop rapid and effective interventions to improve access to services in Yemen. Material and methods: This is a retrospective descriptive study of health service data implemented in all sites that provided HIV treatment and care services from 20072012. The study population was 1,586 PLHIV registered at preantiretroviral (preART) clinics and 995 under antiretroviral (ART) clinics with exclusion of transfers and deaths. Results: Most of the LTFU at preART and ART clinics occurred during the conflict period (20112012) and among males at age 2549 years, especially from governorates where the services existed. The first 3 years showed higher rates of LTFU; 90% and 81% were among Yemenis, and 68% and 65% among young males at preART and ART respectively. Sana’a governorate had the highest rate of LTFU among females at preART, while Aden experienced the highest rate of LTFU among females under ART. Conclussion: The conflict in Yemen was associated with an increase in the rate of LTFU among Yemeni young males, especially at governorates that experienced political conflicts. Indepth study on LTFU are needed, and improved counselling methods and patient’s tracking systems are recommended.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)49-53
Number of pages5
JournalHIV and AIDS Review
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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Lost to Follow-Up
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Patient Identification Systems
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Counseling
Retrospective Studies
Demography
Conflict (Psychology)
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Keywords

  • Antiretroviral therapy
  • Lost to followup of PLHIV
  • Retention in care
  • Yemen conflicts

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  • Epidemiology
  • Infectious Diseases

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Conflicts in Yemen exacerbate lost to follow-up rates of people living with HIV. / Mayada Faisal Nabih, M.; Wan Puteh, Sharifa Ezat; Nur, Amrizal Muhammad.

In: HIV and AIDS Review, Vol. 17, No. 1, 01.01.2018, p. 49-53.

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Mayada Faisal Nabih, M. ; Wan Puteh, Sharifa Ezat ; Nur, Amrizal Muhammad. / Conflicts in Yemen exacerbate lost to follow-up rates of people living with HIV. In: HIV and AIDS Review. 2018 ; Vol. 17, No. 1. pp. 49-53.
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