February 13, 2002
Project SHAPE has released findings that examined some social and behavioral factors potentially affecting black men's ability to adhere to HAART. Face-to-face interviews were conducted with 20 HIV-positive black men, with questions focusing on social and behavioral factors within six categories: medical care, medications, recreational drug use, general health, social structure, and "other" factors. Data showed that respondents are satisfied with their medical care, purposely avoid mixing medications with alcohol and drugs, want to trust their primary care clinician, and had emotional burdens removed by disclosing HIV status to family members. Adherence appeared to be affected by alcohol and drug use because participants voluntarily interrupted treatment for fear of adverse reactions. Significance of the "other" factors was evident though no obvious links to adherence were identified.
To find out more information on Project SHAPE, contact 1-877-758-0042. Project SHAPE is a multicultural project of the University of Washington's School of Social Work and is funded through Public Health -- Seattle King County and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).