Relationship of race-, sexual orientation-, and HIV-related discrimination with adherence to HIV treatment: a pilot study.

Title

Relationship of race-, sexual orientation-, and HIV-related discrimination with adherence to HIV treatment: a pilot study.

Creator

Boarts Jessica M; Bogart Laura M; Tabak Melanie A; Armelie Aaron P; Delahanty Douglas L

Publisher

Journal of Behavioral Medicine

Date

2008
2008-10

Description

Adherence to highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) must be close to perfect in order to maintain suppression of HIV viral load, and to prevent the development of drug resistant strains of HIV. People living with HIV (PLWH) often report low levels of adherence. One variable that has been linked to poor adherence is perceived discrimination; however, research has generally not considered the possible unique effects of different types of discrimination on adherence. The present pilot study aimed to examine the association of three types of discrimination (due to HIV+ status, race, or sexual orientation) with adherence among 57 PLWH. Logistic regression analyses were conducted to demonstrate the relationships between each type of discrimination and self-reported adherence. Racial discrimination significantly predicted lower adherence levels, whereas sexual orientation- and HIV-related discrimination did not. Results underscore the importance of addressing discrimination issues, specifically racial, when designing interventions to improve adherence to HAART. [ABSTRACT FROM AUTHOR]

Subject

HIV; REGRESSION analysis; DISCRIMINATION; HIGHLY active antiretroviral therapy; RACE; SEXUAL orientation – Research

Rights

Article information provided for research and reference use only. All rights are retained by the journal listed under publisher and/or the creator(s).

Pages

445–451

Issue

5

Volume

31

Citation

Boarts Jessica M; Bogart Laura M; Tabak Melanie A; Armelie Aaron P; Delahanty Douglas L, “Relationship of race-, sexual orientation-, and HIV-related discrimination with adherence to HIV treatment: a pilot study.,” NEOMED Bibliography Database, accessed June 16, 2021, https://neomed.omeka.net/items/show/5750.

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