An extensive review of studies on housing, HIV and health carried out by researchers at the Ontario HIV Treatment Network shows that housing is an important determinant of health for positive folks. According to the OHTN:
“Working with colleagues in the U.S. and Canada, researchers from the OHTN have shown a conclusive link between housing and health outcomes for people living with HIV. The review canvassed 152 studies containing information on nearly 140,000 people living with HIV. Results showed that poor housing was associated with poorer health outcomes across a range of measures.”
Better engagement with health care, an increased likelihood of antiretroviral adherence, and maintenance of social support networks are just a few things that can come with stable housing. The original post, backgrounder, and article in the American Journal of Public Health are available here.