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Attitudes Toward HIV Protease Inhibitors and Medication Adherence in an Inner City HIV Population

Demmer, Craig (2003) Attitudes Toward HIV Protease Inhibitors and Medication Adherence in an Inner City HIV Population. AIDS Patient Care and STDs, 17 (11). pp. 575-580.

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The objective of this pilot study was to examine attitudes toward protease inhibitors (PIs) among HIV-infected individuals and to assess the relationship between PI attitudes and adherence to PIs. Respondents were recruited from four AIDS service organizations in New York City; the total sample consisted of 97 HIV-infected individuals who were taking a PI. The sample consisted largely of African Americans and Latinos from inner city areas, and most had a low level of education. Adherence was suboptimal, with more than 50% of respondents failing to take their PI medications exactly as prescribed within the previous month. Individuals who had recently used illegal drugs within the past 6 months were more likely to be nonadherent to PIs. Those who were not adherent to PI medications reported greater concern about the side effects of PIs and were more likely to believe that it was acceptable to skip doses of PIs.

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Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This article is available at the publisher’s Web site. Access to the full text is subject to the publisher’s access restrictions.
Uncontrolled Keywords: HIV, AIDS, African Americans, Latinos, inner city, HIV protease inhibitors
Subjects: Health > Public Health > Chronic Illness & Diseases > HIV/Aids
Health > Public Health > Health Risk Factors > Illegal Drug Use
Health > Public Health > Health Risk Factors > Sexual Habits
Practice > service
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    Depositing User: Kismet Loftin-Bell
    Date Deposited: 17 Aug 2005
    Last Modified: 30 Jun 2011 14:45
    Link to this item (URI): http://health-equity.lib.umd.edu/id/eprint/106

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