Barriers to HIV Care for Adults 50yo+, a Neglected but at-risk Population in Ukraine

Oleksandr Zeziulin
The term of realization
13.04.2018 - 30.06.2020

Yale University

The aim of the progect

Using qualitative interviews with HIV care providers and with 50yo+ patients diagnosed with HIV in the last 6 months, to explore diverse factors that shape HIV risk and HIV care engagement for HIV+ 50yo+, and challenges experienced by HIV care providers in reaching and servicing this population.

Goals and objectives

1) Explore HIV care providers’ views on what factors shape (dis-)engagement with HIV care for their 50yo+ clients newly diagnosed with HIV, what challenges they experience when working with this population group, and how they respond to these challenges.

2) Describe the patient-level factors that shape HIV risk practices and health expectations for 50 yo+ newly diagnosed with HIV.

3) An additional strength of this study is to further quantitative study of 100 patients views on how the pandemic coronavirus and quarantine affected the life and behavior of 50+ patients with HIV-positive diagnosis, including their understanding of the risks СOVID-19, HIV and other diseases during the quarantine and how patients cope with these difficulties.