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Use of HAART Among Young People Living With HIV

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Objective: To examine HAART use. Methods: HIV+ youth, aged 14-29 (n=253; 71% male; 74% ethnic minority), were recruited in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. Results: Almost all youth had been offered HAART (84%); 77% had ever used it, 54% were currently using, and 63% of users adhered to 90% of their medications. Compared to non-users, users were more likely to be female, Latino or African American. Users were also more likely to have the following: AIDS, positive coping styles, social support, and a high quality of life. Users were less likely to: do jail time, perform sexual-risk acts, and use substances. Conclusions: HIV+ youth self-select to use HAART.

Keywords: HAART; HIV; medication adherence; sexual risk; substance use

Document Type: Research Article


Affiliations: 1: UCLA, Center for Community Health, Los Angeles, CA. 2: Department of Psychiatry, UCLA, Center for Community Health, Los Angeles, CA. 3: Department of Biostatistics, UCLA, Center for Community Health, Los Angeles, CA.

Publication date: July 1, 2003

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