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AIDS deaths among adolescents are increasing globally. This qualitative study investigated the barriers and facilitators to cART adherence among Peruvian adolescents living with HIV. Guided by a social ecological model, we analyzed transcripts from 24 psychosocial support groups for HIV-positive adolescents aged 13–17 years and 15 individual, in-depth interviews with cART providers and caregivers to identify the barriers and facilitators to cART adherence at the individual, family/caregiver and hospital levels. Most barriers and facilitators to cART adherence clustered at the individual and family/caregiver levels, centering on support provided to adolescents; history of declining health due to suboptimal cART adherence; side effects from antiretroviral drugs; and cART misinformation. Interventions to support adolescent HIV cART adherence should begin at the individual and family/caregiver levels and include an educational component. No adolescent living with HIV should die from AIDS in an era of accessible cART.
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PLoS ONE, v. 13, issue 2, art. e0192791
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Galea, Jerome T.; Wong, Milagros; Muñoz, Maribel; Valle, Emiliano; Leon, Segundo R.; Perez, Dayana D.; Kolevic, Lenka; and Franke, Molly, "Barriers and Facilitators to Antiretroviral Therapy Adherence Among Peruvian Adolescents Living with Hiv: a Qualitative Study" (2018). Social Work Faculty Publications. 9.