2014 JAN 13 (NewsRx) -- By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at AIDS Weekly -- Data detailed on Immune System Diseases and Conditions have been presented. According to news reporting out of Detroit, Michigan, by NewsRx editors, research stated, "The study explored barriers to antiretroviral medication adherence in perinatally and behaviorally HIV infected adolescents and young adults in a cross-sectional, multisite sample. The study included a subset of a convenience sample from a cross-sectional analysis."
Our news journalists obtained a quote from the research from the Wayne State University School of Medicine, "Participants were youth with HIV ages 12-24 who were prescribed HIV medication and reported missing medication in the past 7 days (n=484, 28.4 % of protocol sample). The top barriers were similar for perinatally and behaviorally infected youth, but perinatally infected youth reported significantly more barriers. Forgetting, not feeling like taking medication and not wanting to be reminded of HIV infection were the most common barriers reported. Number of barriers was significantly correlated with percent of doses missed, viral load, and psychological distress for perinatally infected youth and with doses missed, psychological distress, and substance use for behaviorally infected youth."
According to the news editors, the research concluded: "Interventions to improve adherence to HIV medications should not only address forgetfulness and choosing not to take medications, but also consider route of infection."
For more information on this research see: Barriers to medication adherence in behaviorally and perinatally infected youth living with HIV. Aids and Behavior, 2013;17(1):86-93. Aids and Behavior can be contacted at: Springer, 233 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013, USA. (Springer - www.springer.com; Aids and Behavior - www.springerlink.com/content/1090-7165/)
Our news journalists report that additional information may be obtained by contacting K. MacDonell, Carman and Ann Adams Dept. of Pediatrics, Wayne State University School of Medicine, Detroit, MI, United States. Additional authors for this research include S. Naar-King, H. Huszti and M. Belzer (see also Immune System Diseases and Conditions).
Publisher contact information for the journal Aids and Behavior is: Springer, 233 Spring Street, New York, NY 10013, USA.
Keywords for this news article include: Detroit, Michigan, HIV/AIDS, RNA Viruses, Retroviridae, United States, Psychological, HIV Infections, Vertebrate Viruses, Primate Lentiviruses, North and Central America, Viral Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Immune System Diseases and Conditions.
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