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Likely effect of the 2014 Ebola epidemic on HIV care in Liberia

Maima Baysah
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Cecilia Nuta
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Masietta Taylor
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Hawa Jusu
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Harry Weeks
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Pierre Mendiharat
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Objective: Liberia's health system has been severely struck by the 2014 Ebola epidemic. We aimed to assess the potential effect of this epidemic on the care of HIV patient in two clinics [John F. Kennedy (JFK) and Redemption Hospitals] in Monrovia, which stayed open throughout the epidemic.Design and methods: A preexisting electronic database of HIV patient's follow-up visits was used to estimate three weekly parameters from January 2012 to October 2014: number of visits, number of new patient, and proportion of patients with follow-up delay. We used segmented negative binomial regressions to assess trends before and after the week of the Ebola outbreak defined in June 2014 by WHO.Results: The cumulative number of patients in care comprised 5948 patients with a total of 56287 visits between January 2012 and October 2014. From June 2014, the number of visit per week, stable since 2012, abruptly decreased (59%) in Redemption (P\textless0.001) and progressively decreased by 3% per week in JFK (P\textless0.001). In both the clinics, the weekly proportion of patient with follow-up delay sharply increased after the point break from June 2014 (P value \textless 0.001). From June 2014, a significant decrease in new patients per week occurred in both the clinics: by 57% (P value \textless 0.001) in Redemption and by 4.6% per week (P value \textless 0.001) in JFK.Conclusion: The Ebola epidemic had a significant effect on HIV care in Monrovia. Given the particular impact on the rate of patients with follow-up delay, a long-term impact is feared


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hal-01275475 , version 1 (17-02-2016)



Paul Loubet, Guillaume Mabileau, Maima Baysah, Cecilia Nuta, Masietta Taylor, et al.. Likely effect of the 2014 Ebola epidemic on HIV care in Liberia. AIDS. Official journal of the international AIDS Society, 2015, 29 (17), pp.2347--2351. ⟨10.1097/QAD.0000000000000821⟩. ⟨hal-01275475⟩
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