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6 Approaches to Improving Long-Term HIV Treatment Adherence

December 3, 2013


Technology-Based Strategies

Technology-Based Strategies

The use of technology can also be important, especially as mobile phones become more ubiquitous in our everyday lives. The implementation of short, automated text-message reminders helped increase patient adherence and viral suppression levels in a small study of 145 patients led by Ammassari herself. After nine months, the percentage of patients with an undetectable viral load increased from 42.3% to 76.2%, with most patients finding the reminders very helpful.

The text messages in Ammassari's program can be automated, are personalized based on the individual's needs and are provider independent, meaning it would not cost the clinic money.

Other studies have found that even weekly reminders through mobile-phone text messages can improve adherence when compared to standard care. "Policymakers should consider funding programs proposing to provide weekly mobile phone text messaging as a means for promoting adherence to antiretroviral therapy," says Ammassari.

This article was provided by It is a part of the publication The 14th European AIDS Conference (EACS 2013).


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