Early loss to follow-up of recently diagnosed HIV-infected adults from routine pre-ART care in a rural district hospital in Kenya: a cohort study.
Bottom Line: Distance and marital status were independently associated with LTFU before the second visit, while distance, education status and seasonality showed weak evidence of predicting LTFU after the second visit.HIV disease severity did not predict pre-ART LTFU.These findings warrant consideration of an enhanced pre-ART care package aimed at improving retention and timely ART initiation.
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Mentions: Data on population density at the sub-location level were obtained from the Kenyan national population census. Sub-locations were categorized into densely populated and sparsely populated, using the median population density as the cut-off threshold. Distances between sub-locations where clients resided and the hospital, and the shortest distance from the sub-locations to the main road leading to the hospital were estimated using ArcInfo (ArcCatalog version 9.2, Esri, UK) (Figure 1).
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