Uganda Non-Communicable Diseases Programme

Lead Research Organisation: MRC/UVRI Uganda Research Unit on AIDS

Abstract

Maintaining adherence to HIV treatment is critical to determining long-term health outcomes, yet presents specific challenges for young people which have yet to be qualitatively studied over time. This is a qualitative study investigating factors mediating adolescents’ adherence to Highly Active Anti-retroviral Therapy (HAART) in Uganda.

Technical Summary

Maintaining adherence to HIV treatment is critical to determining long-term health outcomes, yet presents specific challenges for young people which have yet to be qualitatively studied over time. This is a qualitative study investigating factors mediating adolescents’ adherence to Highly Active Anti-retroviral Therapy (HAART) in Uganda. This study is embedded within a funded, clinical trial to assess the acceptability of Short Cycle Therapy as an intervention to promote optimum adherence amongst young people. The study aims to explore social context, barriers and facilitators to adherence amongst HIV positive adolescents in Uganda, the acceptability of Short Cycle Therapy and their experience of participating in an international clinical trial. This project is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council.