AIDS and Behavior
(Volume 11, Supplement 2, November 2007)
On November 19th, NAHC released a special issue of the international scientific journal AIDS and Behavior. This journal includes groundbreaking research from the Centers from Disease Control (CDC) and others showing a demonstrable correlation between a person’s housing status and his likelihood of transmitting or getting HIV.
The first publication of its kind, this special issue of AIDS and Behavior includes 18 peer-reviewed articles on the relationship of housing status and HIV risk and health outcomes, including a policy perspective from former HUD Secretary Henry Cisneros. Research studies reported in the issue show that:
Homeless or unstably housed persons were two to six times more likely to “have recently used hard drugs, shared needles or exchanged sex” than similar low-income persons who were stably housed.
Receipt of housing assistance enabled homeless persons with substance use and mental health problems to achieve stability over time and to cease or reduce both drug related and sexual risk behaviors.
Over a 12-year period, housing status and receipt of housing assistance consistently predicted entry and retention in HIV medical care, regardless of demographics, drug use, health and mental health status, or receipt of other services.
These and other findings reported in the special issue add to the growing evidence that housing itself independently reduces risk of HIV infection and improves the health of persons living with HIV.
Abstracts of special issue articles are freely available through SpringerLink. Copies of AIDS and Behavior were purchased by a donor and NAHC is making them available at a nominal shipping/handling charge.