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)


  • Late presentation for care, late initiation, and premature discontinuation of ART affect negatively on life expectancy among HIV-infected minority patients, particularly minority women[Losina 2009]
  • Black and Latino patients may be more likely to miss clinic visits than white patients[Horstmann 2010]
  • Nonuse of ART in minority women has also been associated with heavy alcohol use and recent exposure to physical violence[Jones 2010]

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