Improving retention in HIV care among adolescents and adults in low- and middle-income countries: A systematic review of the literature

Murray KR, Dulli LS, Ridgeway K, Dal Santo L, Darrow de Mora D, Olsen P, Silverstein H, McCarraher DR.

Adolescents living with HIV are an underserved population, with poor retention in HIV health care services and high mortality, who are in need of targeted effective interventions. We conducted a literature review to identify strategies that could be adapted to meet the needs of adolescents living with HIV.

Interventions that target retention in care among adolescents living with HIV are rare in the published literature. We found only two studies conducted with youth and no studies with adolescents. Given the urgent need to increase the retention of adolescents in HIV care, interventions that are effective in increasing adult retention in care should be considered for adaptation and evaluation among adolescents and interventions specifically targeting the needs of adolescents must be developed and tested.

October 4, 2017
Year of publication
2017
Resource types
Journal and research articles, Literature review
Tags
adolescents living with HIV, adolescents, retention in care, mortality rates, retention interventions, differentiated care, HIV care, youth, key populations