Your zip code is a greater predictor of your health than your genetic code.
Housing is the greatest unmet need for people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWH). As one of the strongest predictors of health outcomes, housing stability plays an important role in both HIV prevention and care.
Among individuals who are homeless or marginally housed, the rates of HIV infection are up to 16x higher than those stably housed. Additionally, the homeless men who have sex with men (MSM) population is 15x more likely to delay HIV testing than stably housed MSM.
At any time three to ten percent of all homeless persons are HIV positive. Across the U.S., upwards of 70% of all PLWHA report experiencing homelessness or housing instability. This impacts entrance into care, as homelessness can delay this crucial step for an average of six months.