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Study in PLoS: Intensive adherence counseling to HIV treatment improves patient outcomes
Date:3/2/2011

s for the duration of the study18 months. After starting HIV treatment, patients returned to the study clinic every month with their pill bottles for the study pharmacist to count and recorded the number of pills remaining in the bottle.

Patients receiving adherence counseling were 29 percent less likely to experience poor adherence compared to those who received no counseling. Furthermore, those receiving intensive early adherence counseling were 59 percent less likely to experience viral failure. However, there was no significant difference in mortality or significant differences in CD4 counts at 18 months follow-up between those who received counseling and those who did not. There were also no significant differences in adherence, time to viral failure, mortality, or CD4 counts in patients who received alarm devices compared to those who did not.

The authors conclude: "As antiretroviral treatment clinics expand to meet an increasing demand for HIV care in sub-Saharan Africa, adherence counseling should be implemented to decrease the development of treatment failure and spread of resistant HIV."


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