Cost and Threshold Analysis of Positive Charge, a Multi-site Linkage to HIV Care Program in the United States

Jeeyon Janet Kim, Cathy Maulsby, Rose Zulliger, Kriti Jain, Vignetta Charles, Maura Riordan, Melissa Davey-Rothwell, David R. Holtgrave

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Abstract

Positive Charge (PC) is a linkage to HIV care initiative implemented by AIDS United with sites in New York, Chicago, Louisiana, North Carolina, and the San Francisco/Bay Area. This study employed standard methods of cost and threshold analyses, as recommended by the US Panel on Cost-effectiveness in Health and Medicine, to calculate cost-saving and cost effective thresholds of the initiative. The overall societal cost of the linkage to care programs ranged from $48,490 to $370,525. The study found that PC’s five unique evidence-based linkage to care programs have relatively low costs per client served and highly achievable cost-saving and cost-effectiveness thresholds. The findings from this study suggest that HIV linkage to care programs have the potential to be a highly productive use of public health resources.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1735-1741
Number of pages7
JournalAIDS and behavior
Volume19
Issue number10
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 14 2015

Keywords

  • Cost-effective analysis
  • Economic evaluation
  • HIV prevention

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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