Health-Related Social Needs Among Emergency Department Patients with HIV

Evan Gerber, Lillian Gelberg, Ethan Cowan, Tod Mijanovich, Donna Shelley, Rajneesh Gulati, Ian Wittman, Kelly M. Doran

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Little research has examined the health-related social needs of emergency department (ED) patients who have HIV. We surveyed a random sample of public hospital ED patients and compared the social needs of patients with and without HIV. Social needs were high among all ED patients, but patients with HIV reported significantly higher levels of food insecurity (65.0% vs. 50.3%, p = 0.01) and homelessness or living doubled up (33.8% vs. 21.0%, p < 0.01) than other patients. Our findings suggest the importance of assessing social needs in ED-based interventions for patients with HIV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1968-1974
Number of pages7
JournalAIDS and Behavior
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 2021


  • Emergency care
  • Food insecurity
  • HIV
  • Homelessness
  • Social determinants of health

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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