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Caring for Rural Veterans with HIV

Moeckli J, Ono SS, Ohl M, Bolton R, Bokhour B. Caring for Rural Veterans with HIV. Paper presented at: Society for Applied Anthropology Annual Meeting; 2014 Mar 9; Albuquerque, NM.

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Effective antiretroviral therapy has transformed HIV into a complex chronic illness in an aging population. Veterans Health Administration (VHA) is the largest provider of HIV care in the United States ( > 23,000 veterans), approximately 18% of whom live in rural areas. High-volume HIV clinics with integrated care, typically found in cities, do not adapt to rural settings, where patient volumes are low, distances between patients and HIV providers are large, and health care resources are limited. Drawing on interviews with VHA clinicians who care for rural veterans with HIV, this paper explores the landscape of HIV care in rural settings.

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