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HIV/AIDS

13 April 2011

5 ways to improve adherence to ARVs

Antiretroviral treatment has given millions of people around the world a new lease on life. However, less-than-strict adherence undermines the efficacy of the drugs.

Antiretroviral treatment has given millions of people around the world - six million at last count - a new lease on life. However, less-than-strict adherence undermines the efficacy of the drugs.

Continuous counselling - Crucial to ensure patients understand the importance of strictly adhering to their medication and make healthy lifestyle choices. Many HIV programmes offer counselling at the initiation of ART, after which patients merely collect their drugs from the pharmacy monthly, being seen a few times a year or only when they have other health conditions.

 

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