The objective of this study was to evaluate the characteristics of and outcomes in HIV-infected patients who returned to care after loss to follow-up (LTFU) in Northern France, between 1997 and 2006. Among the 1007 patients who were followed, 135 patients (13.4%) were LTFU during the study period. Of these 135, 74 (54.8%) returned to care after LTFU. The median duration of LTFU was 19 months. Upon returning to care, 33 out of 74 patients (44.6%) had CD4 cell counts less than 200/mm3 and/or AIDS. Patients who returned to care after LTFU were five times more likely to die than patients who attended clinic regularly.
aCIRE Nord, Lille, Cedex, France
bEA2694 Laboratoire de Biostatistique, Faculté de Médecine de Lille, Cedex, France
cCH Boulogne, Boulogne, France
dCH Dunkerque, Dunkerque, France
eCH Lens, Lens, France
fCH Valenciennes, Valenciennes, France
gService Universitaire des Maladies Infectieuses et du Voyageur, France
hCOREVIH Nord- Pas-de-Calais, Tourcoing, France.
Received 7 May, 2009
Accepted 14 May, 2009