DeAnn Gruber

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OBJECTIVE The Antiretroviral Treatment Access Study-II (ARTAS-II) evaluated a brief case management intervention delivered in health departments and community-based organizations (CBOs) to link recently diagnosed HIV-infected persons to medical care rapidly. METHODS Recently diagnosed HIV-infected persons were recruited from 10 study sites across the(More)
BACKGROUND quantitative results from clients participating in the Antiretroviral Treatment Access Studies-II (ARTAS-II) intervention have previously been published. The current report provides qualitative data from providers (agency staff who referred clients to ARTAS-II) concerning how the introduction of ARTAS-II case managers affected referrals to HIV(More)
PURPOSE The purpose of this study was to evaluate HIV-related outcomes associated with use of a novel public health information exchange that was designed to identify out of care HIV-infected individuals seen within a large, integrated delivery network (IDN). METHODS A novel, secure, bidirectional health care delivery-public health information exchange,(More)
To examine the effects of Hurricane Katrina on the disease progression of persons living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH/A), CD4 counts during the 18 months immediately prior and subsequent to Katrina were obtained from the Louisiana Office of Public Health. PLWH/A were determined to be either non-residents of the New Orleans area, returning evacuees or evacuees who(More)
Hurricane Katrina disrupted HIV/AIDS surveillance by invalidating the New Orleans, La, surveillance and population data on persons living with HIV/AIDS. We describe 2 methods--population return and HIV surveillance data--to estimate the return of the infected population to New Orleans. It is estimated that 58% to 64% of 7068 persons living with HIV/AIDS(More)
BACKGROUND Implementation of linkage to HIV care programs in the U.S. is poorly described in the literature despite the central role of these programs in delivering clients from HIV testing facilities to clinical care sites. Models demonstrating success in linking clients to HIV care from testing locations that do not have co-located medical care are(More)
Tremendous strides have been made in the diagnosis and treatment of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV); perhaps now the largest barrier to controlling HIV is retaining those diagnosed in care. Data on out-of-care populations are needed to develop effective retention methods, yet obtaining these remains methodologically challenging due to inherent(More)
MSM bear a disproportionate burden of the HIV epidemic. Enacted stigma (overt negative actions) against sexual minorities may play an important role in increasing HIV risk among this population. Using data from the 2011 National HIV Behavioral Surveillance system, MSM cycle, we examined the independent associations between three measures of enacted stigma(More)
OBJECTIVES We estimated the costs and effectiveness of implementing a partner notification (PN) strategy for highly prevalent sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) within the Louisiana STD/HIV Program. METHODS We carried out a telephone-based PN approach on an experimental basis in 2 public STD clinics in Louisiana from June 2010 to May 2012. We monitored(More)
BACKGROUND Congenital syphilis is a serious, preventable, and nationally notifiable disease. Despite the existence of a surveillance case definition, congenital syphilis is sometimes classified differently using an algorithm on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's case reporting form. METHODS We reviewed Louisiana's congenital syphilis(More)