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Foreign-Born Individuals with HIV in King County, WA: A Glimpse of the Future of HIV?

Foreign-Born Individuals with HIV in King County, WA: A Glimpse of the Future of HIV?
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Kerani R, Bennett AB, Golden M, Castillo J, Buskin SE,


Kerani R, Bennett AB, Golden M, Castillo J, Buskin SE, (click to view)

Kerani R, Bennett AB, Golden M, Castillo J, Buskin SE,

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AIDS and behavior 2017 09 30() doi 10.1007/s10461-017-1914-3

Abstract

To better understand country of birth-related shifts in the demography of people newly diagnosed with HIV infection, we compared demographic and clinical characteristics of foreign-born and U.S.-born residents of King County, WA diagnosed with HIV from 2006 to 2015. The proportion of cases that were foreign-born increased from 23 to 34% during this time. Most foreign-born cases were born in Africa (34%), Latin America (32%), Asia (22%), or Europe (7%). Latin Americans and Asians were similar to U.S.-born individuals by HIV risk factor and gender, while Africans were more likely to be female and less often men who have sex with men. In 2015, approximately 15% of cases presumptively newly diagnosed in King County were foreign-born individuals who self-reported a pre-immigration HIV diagnosis. Increases in foreign-born individuals previously diagnosed out of country may lead to inaccuracy in the count of new diagnoses, including an over-estimate of community-acquired HIV in King County.

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