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AIDS Care. 2003 Apr;15(2):251-61.

An examination of HIV/AIDS patients who have excellent adherence to HAART.

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Department of Medicine, Memorial Hospital of RI, USA.


This paper examines the attitudes and beliefs of HIV/AIDS patients with excellent adherence to highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) and how they differ from those with suboptimal adherence. Forty-four persons with HIV/AIDS, 28 men and 16 women, participated in a qualitative semi-structured interview which was based on the Health Belief Model. The main outcomes were themes consistent with several dimensions of this model, reflecting differences in the health-related attitudes and beliefs of the excellent adherers compared to the suboptimal adherers. Patients with excellent adherence voiced the following themes when compared to less adherent patients: (1) believed adherence rates needed to be 90-100% for medication efficacy; (2) trusted their primary providers greatly; (3) took medications even when actively using substances of abuse; (4) were open about their HIV status and received substantial social support; (5) cited staying healthy as their key motivator; (6) were not actively depressed; all had normal CESD scores. Our study suggests that patients with excellent adherence to HAART differ from their less adherent counterparts in terms of key health-related attitudes and beliefs. Identifying and studying excellent adherers provides new insights and strategies for enhancing adherence to HAART.

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