The impact of gentrification on HIV linkage and retention in San Francisco

Defense Date: 
Monday, May 22, 2017

This thesis explores the impact of gentrication, evictions, and housing costs in San Francisco on people living with HIV. The research presented is a mixed-methods, exploratory study that seeks to generate hypotheses and research frameworks for future work. In this thesis, I combine spatial analysis of socioeconomic, eviction, and epidemiologic data with qualitative surveys and in-depth interviews. In doing so, I explore how numerous San Francisco residents with HIV have been forced out of the city to areas with fewer medical resources while the HIV-positive residents who stay struggle to manage their health while facing increased housing insecurity and stigma.

Alexis Martinez
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