International AIDS Society


HIV services utilization in Los Angeles County

D. Fisher1, D. Wishart2, G. Reynolds1, J. Edwards3

Background: Local HIV/AIDS planning groups are faced with having to make recommendations about resource allocations for both treatment and prevention. The members of these groups may have various types of data to assist their group process, but may lack expertise to interpret the data in a meaningful way. This presentation is an effort at introducing one type of analysis that may help planning groups to understand their data.
Methods: Recipients of HIV/AIDS prevention services in Los Angeles County, California were surveyed in 2004 by 220 HIV prevention service provider staff from 51 agencies funded by the Office of AIDS Programs and Policy. This Countywide Risk Assessment Survey (CRAS) resulted in 2,102 usable surveys. The CRAS assessed demographics, sexual history, and use of 18 different services at both the agency administering the survey and other agencies resulting in 36 service use responses.
Results: Cluster analysis was used to create five different patterns of service usage. Even though the clustering was on the basis of service utilization, there are also major differences among cluster in demographics and risk behaviors. Hispanic gay men were particularly unique in their service usage.
Conclusions: The approach taken may be useful for assisting planning groups to understand service utilization data.

AIDS 2008 - XVII International AIDS Conference
Abstract no. CDC0866

Suggested Citation
"D.Fisher, et al. HIV services utilization in Los Angeles County. : AIDS 2008 - XVII International AIDS Conference: Abstract no. CDC0866"