Monday, November 23, 2009

Peer support and text reminders can only do so much for HIV treatment adherence

In the case of antiretroviral treatment, adherence programs have been found to be only partially effective. Peer support improved adherence in the short-term, whereas text messaging had no effect on reported pill-taking.

Antiretroviral treatment can significantly improve the health and life expectancy of HIV-positive people if taken rigorously; however, many patients do not achieve high levels of adherence.

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