POZ - April/May 2010: Barriers to HIV Care Survey

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April/May 2010: Barriers to HIV Care

About 56,300 Americans contract HIV annually, but thousands delay care for at least a year after their diagnosis. And almost half of all Americans who know they're positive aren't in treatment. Why is that? POZ wants to better understand barriers to care, so please tell us about your experiences.
 
1. What year were you diagnosed with HIV?
 
2. Where did you get tested for HIV?
Anonymous/confidential testing site
AIDS service organization (ASO)
Emergency room/hospital
General practitioner
Mobile HIV testing van
Ob/gyn
Other: 
 
3. How soon after your diagnosis did you seek health care for HIV?
0–1 month
2–5 months
6–9 months
10–12 months
More than a year
I've never sought medical care for treating HIV
 
4. How did you connect with an HIV specialist?
Through the testing site
Through the ER/hospital
Through my general doctor
Through personal research (online and phone)
 
5. If you waited longer than a month to see a doctor, what was your reason? (Check all that apply)
I didn't know whom to see for HIV care
I didn't trust doctors
I didn't want to take medication
I didn't feel sick
I felt ashamed/embarrassed about having HIV
I didn't have health insurance/treatment was too expensive
I didn't have transportation
I didn't have time for appointments
I didn't have childcare
I couldn't get away from work
Other: 
 
6. Why did you seek care?
I was sick
I wanted to stay well
I wanted information
I was scared/I didn't want to die
I wanted emotional support
Other: 
 
7. What year were you born? (e.g., 1980)
 
8. What is your sexual orientation?
Straight
Gay/lesbian
Bisexual
Other
 
9. What is your household income?
Less than $15,000
$15,000–$34,999
$35,000–$49,999
$50,000–$74,999
$75,000–$99,999
$100,000 or more
 
10. Highest level of education attained?
Some high school
High school graduate
Some college or associate's degree
Bachelor's degree or higher
 
11. What is your ethnicity?
American Indian or Alaska Native
Arab or Middle Eastern
Asian
Black or African American
Hispanic or Latino
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander
White
Other: 



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