Volume 6, Issue 12

Engaging Undocumented Latinx People In HIV Care

In this issue:

Undocumented LatinX immigrants are a special population facing many difficulties that hinder their engagement in HIV care and prevention. One obvious barrier is language: many undocumented immigrants do not understand either spoken or written English. Many may have never received routine medical care before and can be baffled by the complexities of the medical system. Insurance status and financial concerns are additional barriers. Finally, HIV-related stigma and fear of disclosure of their HIV and/or immigration status can prevent undocumented Latinx immigrants from engaging in HIV care and prevention. 

How can clinicians most effectively help these individuals receive proper care? Join us as we find out, with Dr. Kathleen Page and nurse Owen Smith from Johns Hopkins University, in this eHIV Review podcast. 

Learning objectives:

  • Describe the most common challenges for providing HIV care for undocumented LatinX individuals and methods to improve their adherence and engagement in care.  
  • Describe best practices to address the HIV prevention challenges faced by undocumented LatinX populations. 


Kathleen Page, MD
Kathleen Page, MD

Associate Professor of Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
Baltimore, MD

Owen Smith, RN
Owen Smith, RN

PhD Student, School of Nursing
Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing
Baltimore, MD

Program Directors:

Ethel D. Weld, MD, PhD

Assistant Professor of Medicine and Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences
Division of Infectious Diseases
Division of Clinical Pharmacology
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine
Baltimore, Maryland

Matthew Spinelli, MD, MAS

Assistant Professor
HIV, ID, and Global Medicine
Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital
San Francisco, California

Justin Alves, RN, FNP-BC, ACRN, CARN, CNE

Nurse Educator
Boston Medical Center
Boston, MA

Length of activity:

0.5 hour Physicians
0.5 contact hour Nurses

Launch date: August 19, 2021
Expiration date: August 18, 2023