Scientific article

Neighbourhood socio-economic position, late presentation and outcomes in people living with HIV in Switzerland

Published inAIDS, vol. 29, no. 2, p. 231-238
Publication date2015-01-14

Objectives: Inequalities and inequities in health are an important public health concern. In Switzerland, mortality in the general population varies according to the socio-economic position (SEP) of neighbourhoods. We examined the influence of neighbourhood SEP on presentation and outcomes in HIV-positive individuals in the era of combination antiretroviral therapy (cART).

Methods: The neighbourhood SEP of patients followed in the Swiss HIV Cohort Study (SHCS) 2000-2013 was obtained on the basis of 2000 census data on the 50 nearest households (education and occupation of household head, rent, mean number of persons per room). We used Cox and logistic regression models to examine the probability of late presentation, virologic response to cART, loss to follow-up and death across quintiles of neighbourhood SEP.

Results: A total of 4489 SHCS participants were included. Presentation with advanced disease [CD4⁺ cell count <200 cells/μl or AIDS] and with AIDS was less common in neighbourhoods of higher SEP: the age and sex-adjusted odds ratio (OR) comparing the highest with the lowest quintile of SEP was 0.71 [95% confidence interval (95% CI) 0.58-0.87] and 0.59 (95% CI 0.45-0.77), respectively. An undetectable viral load at 6 months of cART was more common in the highest than in the lowest quintile (OR 1.52; 95% CI 1.14-2.04). Loss to follow-up, mortality and causes of death were not associated with neighbourhood SEP.

Conclusion: Late presentation was more common and virologic response to cART less common in HIV-positive individuals living in neighbourhoods of lower SEP, but in contrast to the general population, there was no clear trend for mortality.

  • Adult
  • Antiretroviral Therapy, Highly Active
  • CD4 Lymphocyte Count
  • Cohort Studies
  • Family Characteristics
  • Female
  • HIV Infections / epidemiology
  • Humans
  • Logistic Models
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Residence Characteristics / statistics & numerical data
  • Risk Factors
  • Socioeconomic Factors
  • Switzerland / epidemiology
  • Viral Load
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GUELER, Aysel et al. Neighbourhood socio-economic position, late presentation and outcomes in people living with HIV in Switzerland. In: AIDS, 2015, vol. 29, n° 2, p. 231–238. doi: 10.1097/QAD.0000000000000524
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