Diagnosis disclosure to adolescents living with HIV in rural Kenya improves antiretroviral therapy adherence and immunologic outcomes: A retrospective cohort study

Montalto GJ, Sawe FK, Miruka A, Maswai J, Kiptoo I, Aoko A, Oreyo C, Obiero E, Korir S, Bii SK, Song KX, Kunz AN

Emphasis on adolescent HIV has increased worldwide as antiretroviral treatment has greatly extended life expectancies of HIV-positive children. Few evidence-based guidelines exist on the optimal time to disclose to an adolescent living with HIV (ALHIV); little is known about the medical effects of disclosure. This study looked to determine whether disclosure is associated with improved medical outcomes in ALHIV. Prior work has tended to be qualitative, cross-sectional, and with an emphasis on psychosocial outcomes. This paper addresses the adolescent cohort retrospectively (longitudinally), building upon what is already known about disclosure.

October 23, 2017
Year of publication
2017
Resource types
Journal and research articles
Tags
adolescent HIV, immunologic outcomes, antiretroviral therapy (ART), treatment, adherence, adolescents living with HIV, disclosure, Kenya

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