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Topic Suggestion Description

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Date submitted: November 21, 2012

Briefly describe a specific question, or set of related questions, about a health care test or treatment that this program should consider.
For people born living with HIV born outside the US(particularly Sub- Saharna Africa/Southeast Asia)why is it difficult for them to discuss HIV related issues as compared to those born in the USA living with HIV especially Men who have sex with men and people in substance abuse programs or recovered.
Does your question include a comparison of different health care approaches? (If no, your topic will still be considered.)
If yes, explain the specific technologies, devices, drugs, or interventions you would like to see compared:
What patients or group(s) of patients does your question apply to? (Please include specific details such as age range, gender, coexisting diagnoses, and indications for therapy.)
People born in Sub-sahara Africa,
Are there subgroups of patients that your question might apply to? (For example, an ethnic group, stage or severity of a disease.)
Women and men who where are living with
Describe the health-related benefits you are interested in. (For example, improvements in patient symptoms or problems from treatment or diagnosis.)
I am interested in this group to discuss the disease, to enable opening up of people's minds that it is not a death sentece anymore.
Describe any health-related risks, side effects, or harms that you are concerned about.
None. Stigma

Appropriateness for EHC Program

Does your question include a health care drug, intervention, device, or technology available (or likely to be available) in the U.S.?
Which priority area(s) and population(s) does this topic apply to? (check all that apply)
EHC Priority Conditions (updated in 2008)
  • Infectious diseases, including HIV/AIDS
AHRQ Priority Populations
  • Minority groups
  • Women
Federal Health Care Program
  • Other


Describe why this topic is important.
This group tends to be late entry into care and openess will enable others to screen and get the therapy with less stigma.
What specifically motivated you to ask this question? (For example, you are developing a clinical guideline, working with a policy with large uncertainty about the appropriate approach, costly intervention, new research you have read, items in the media you may have seen, a clinical practice dilemma you know of, etc.)
There is a research I conducted that focused on Black people born outside the US, how they looked at HIV and, we found out that they would not talk about it and they had a lot of stigma around it and were not awre of the diferent therapies tht made peoples' health outcome better than before.
Does your question represent uncertainty for clinicians and/or policy-makers? (For example, variations in clinical care, controversy in what constitutes appropriate clinical care, or a policy decision.)
If yes, please explain:
Not sure.

Potential Impact

How will an answer to your research question be used or help inform decisions for you or your group?
This will help the group to look at the diease diferently and encourage screening.
Describe the timeframe in which an answer to your question is needed.
Describe any health disparities, inequities, or impact on vulnerable populations your question applies to.
They tend to get late into care and tend to hide the disease and say it is something else( e.g cancer )are not comfortable talking about it. They

Nominator Information

Other Information About You: (optional)
Please choose a description that best describes your role or perspective: (you may select more than one category if appropriate)
  • Patient/Consumer
  • Other Health Care Professional
  • Researcher
Are you making a suggestion as an individual or on behalf of an organization?
Organization - African National HIV Allianc
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