Service priorities and unmet service needs among people living with HIV/AIDS: results from a nationwide interview of HIV/AIDS housing organizations

AIDS Care. 2013;25(9):1083-91. doi: 10.1080/09540121.2012.749337. Epub 2013 Jan 10.


Housing for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) has been linked to a number of positive physical and mental health outcomes, in addition to decreased sexual and drug-related risk behavior. The current study identified service priorities for PLWHA, services provided by HIV/AIDS housing agencies, and unmet service needs for PLWHA through a nationwide telephone survey of HIV/AIDS housing agencies in the USA. Housing, alcohol/drug treatment, and mental health services were identified as the three highest priorities for PLWHA and assistance finding employment, dental care, vocational assistance, and mental health services were the top needs not being met. Differences by geographical region were also examined. Findings indicate that while housing affords PLWHA access to services, there are still areas (e.g., mental health services) where gaps in linkages to care exist.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
  • HIV Infections / economics*
  • HIV Infections / psychology
  • HIV Infections / therapy
  • Health Services Accessibility / statistics & numerical data*
  • Health Services Needs and Demand / economics
  • Health Services Needs and Demand / statistics & numerical data*
  • Housing / statistics & numerical data*
  • Humans
  • Mental Health Services / statistics & numerical data
  • Organizations, Nonprofit / statistics & numerical data*
  • Risk-Taking
  • Sexual Behavior
  • Substance-Related Disorders / therapy
  • United States