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CROI 2013: Health Insurance Coverage Linked to HIV Viral Load Suppression [VIDEO]

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Whether people with HIV have health insurance -- and the type of coverage they have -- influences the likelihood of viral suppression, according to a poster presentation Tuesday at the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI 2013) in Atlanta.

Kelly Quinn, a fellow at the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), found that even after adjusting for other socio-demographic factors, type of healthcare coverage matters. "Expanding healthcare coverage and improving quality of HIV care across payer types are important next steps to achieve universal viral suppression," concluded Quinn and colleague Jacek Skarbinski.

[Liz Highleyman interviews Kelly Quinn for HIVandHepatitis.com at CROI 2013 in Atlanta, March 5, 2013]

Quinn and Skarbinski's full poster is available online.3/5/13

Reference

K Quinn and J Skarbinski. Health Insurance Coverage and Type Predict Durable Viral Suppression among HIV+ Adults in Care: US Medical Monitoring Project, 2009. 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections. Atlanta, GA, March 3-6, 2013. Abstract 1028.