Special Considerations in the Management of HIV-Infected Patients From Minority Communities

  • Authors: Bisola Ojikutu, MD, MPH; Valerie E. Stone, MD, MPH (More Info)
  • Section Editor: Judith S. Currier, MD, MSc
  • Editors in Chief: Daniel R. Kuritzkes, MD; Joseph J. Eron, Jr., MD
  • Last Reviewed: 7/9/18 (What's New)


  • Biases among providers regarding likely medication adherence may result in failure to treat minority patients for whom ART is indicated[Bogart 2001; Wong 2004]
  • Minority race is not a significant independent predictor of lower adherence to ART when confounders such as substance abuse, low health literacy, depression, nondisclosure of HIV, and homelessness are taken into account[Kalichman 1999; Turner 2002; Vervoort 2007; Wong 2007; Stone 2001]
  • Such factors may have important bearing on adherence for individual minority patients

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