Brief, empowering messaging around pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) can lead to better medication adherence, new research has found. When PrEP counselors framed PrEP as part of a healthy sex life, new PrEP clients were significantly more likely to have high levels of adherence to the medication. This was true even among demographics that typically struggle with adherence including young people and people of color.
27 March 2017 | BETA blog
Dutch researchers have developed an HIV medication adherence programme that has been successful in increasing treatment success rates by almost 18%, claiming it as the first adherence intervention in HIV care that demonstrates clinical and cost effectiveness.
09 March 2017 | Medical Brief
As the Trump admimistration and Congress discuss sweeping changes to health care, should people with HIV start squirreling away their meds in case they lose access? HIV advocates say don't panic -- you'll likely be fine. But there are still things you can think about and steps you can take.
13 February 2017 | The Body
HIV-positive people who received healthy food and snacks for six months were more likely to adhere to their medication regimens, were less depressed and less likely to make trade-offs between food and healthcare, according to a new study.
26 January 2017 | University of California San Francisco
Four months of cognitive behavioral therapy for depression and antiretroviral adherence significantly improved adherence and depression scores when compared with treatment as usual in a three-way randomized trial involving adults with HIV infection. Relative improvements in adherence and depression held up in the eight months after the interventions ended.
30 November 2016 | The Body Pro
"iTech will be home to six studies with each study using technology to address a barrier to the HIV care continuum,” said Hightow-Weidman. “For youth at risk of becoming infected with HIV, we will develop apps that list HIV testing sites and medical providers who prescribe pre-exposure prophylaxis or PrEP to prevent HIV. For youth who test positive for the virus, we will develop electronic health interventions to engage them in care and improve adherence to antiretroviral therapy.”
28 September 2016 | University of North Carolina Institute for Global Health & Infectious Diseases
A poster at IAS 2016 reported on the effectiveness of a strategy in France to use reduced dose maintenance therapy. This involved only taking ART for four rather than seven days a week.
20 September 2016 | HIV i-Base
Dworkin created the app by gathering African-American HIV-infected men who have sex with men in focus groups and discussing the common treatment questions they wanted answers to and the appropriate language the app should use in responding.
21 July 2016 | Science Magazine
New research conducted with a group of PrEP clients at the San Francisco AIDS Foundation PrEP clinic suggests that people who use substances adhere to PrEP and stay in care at about the same rate as people who do not use drugs.
13 April 2016 | BETA blog
Tom Hayes writes: "As someone with near flawless adherence for the last four years I was shocked when I recently fell off the rails. It seems none of us are perfect."
18 February 2016 | Beyond Positive