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Impact of Insurance, Depression, Drugs and Alcohol on Steady HIV Care

    Most Frequent Barriers to HIV Care
    Most Frequent Barriers to HIV Care Figure 1. In a study of 247 HIV-positive people in King County, Washington, financial problems and difficulties scheduling and keeping appointments were the more frequent reasons for not being in care.
    Most Frequent Barriers to Antiretroviral Therapy
    Most Frequent Barriers to Antiretroviral Therapy Figure 2. Among HIV-positive people who had not started antiretroviral therapy, the main reasons for not starting included fears of antiretroviral side effects, the mistaken belief that a "healthy attitude" alone can control HIV, concerns about one's ability to take antiretrovirals regularly (adherence), depression, and provider advice.
    Most Frequent Reasons for Stopping Antiretroviral Therapy
    Most Frequent Reasons for Stopping Antiretroviral Therapy Figure 3. Similar proportions of people who started then stopped antiretroviral therapy blamed depression, wanting a break from treatment, antiretroviral side effects, and trouble taking antiretrovirals regularly (adherence). About one third said they could not afford antiretrovirals.
    The Center for AIDS Information & Advocacy

    The Center for AIDS Information & Advocacy