Perspectives Regarding Adherence to Prescribed Treatment in Highly Adherent HIV-Infected Gay Men.


Conference Paper

Focus group methodology was used to describe the medication adherence experience of 24 HIV-infected gay men who reported being adherent to their medication regimens. A conceptualization of medication adherence as an evolving process consisted of challenges to adherence (learning the diagnosis, starting the medications, struggling with the medications, dealing with side effects, coping with stigma) as well as those factors supportive of adherence (believing in medications, finding motivating factors, using reminders, depending on others, owning the disease). Themes associated with challenges to adherence focused on diagnosis and the physical and emotional adjustments individuals made to incorporate antiretroviral medications into their daily lives and move toward medication adherence. The factors supportive of adherence were related to the ongoing behaviors identified with establishing and maintaining adherence behaviors. What can be taken from the study is that adherence is a complex and dynamic process rather than a static behavior.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Brion, JM; Menke, EM

Published Date

  • May 2008

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 19 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 181 - 191

PubMed ID

  • 18457759

Pubmed Central ID

  • 18457759

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1552-6917

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1055-3290

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jana.2007.11.006