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6 Approaches to Improving Long-Term HIV Treatment Adherence

December 3, 2013


Peer- and Public Opinion-Based Strategies

Peer- and Public Opinion-Based Strategies

Because HIV stigma and difficulties with disclosure are associated with non-adherence, improving the public perception of HIV can enhance patient adherence, according to study results by J. Craig Phillips, Ph.D., and colleagues. The study found that people living with HIV who have higher levels of perceived social capita and who live in areas where HIV disclosure is required by law reported better average adherence.

In contrast, people living with HIV in areas where HIV transmission or exposure is considered a crime reported lower adherence. This suggests that better HIV education and awareness on a community level can help improve outcomes for individual patients.

Additionally, Ammassari noted that peer-to-peer support, even if it only takes place online, may add some benefit to adherence over time, as seen in one such intervention called "Thrive With Me."

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


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