HIVMA weighed in on the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS’s) April 5, 2012 “Request for Information on Prescription Medication Adherence” to share lessons learned from the field of HIV medicine that can inform strategies to improve medication adherence in adults with chronic conditions.
For our patients with HIV infection, access to affordable comprehensive HIV medical and support services is critical to support adherence to both care and treatment necessary for successful outcomes. More than two decades of targeted research have produced a large evidence base on strategies for overcoming barriers to medication adherence to improve health outcomes and public health. A range of issues affect HIV-infected patients’ adherence to care and treatment, including lack of coverage for antiretroviral medications and associated co-payments, HIV-related stigma, high rates of comorbidities such as mental illness, viral hepatitis and substance use, and poor access to support services, such as case management and transportation.
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