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Psychol Educ. 2011 Jul;2(4):318-322.

A Qualitative Study of HIV Treatment Adherence Support From Friends and Family among Same Sex Male Couples.

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University of California, San Francisco.


HIV-positive individuals seek support for medication adherence from a variety of sources-spouses, family and friends. We conducted a qualitative study of twenty same sex male couples where we asked men to give narratives of support received for medication adherence from their partner, family and friends. Men in couple relationships did not routinely seek tangible or practical assistance for adherence from friends and family but almost exclusively from partners. These men did seek and receive informational and emotional support from friends and family. These results have implications for designing interventions for medication support when an individual is in a relationship.


HIV/AIDS; antiretroviral adherence; gay couples; social support

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