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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447269/estimating-hiv-medication-adherence-and-persistence-two-instruments-for-clinical-and-research-use
#1
David A Wohl, A T Panter, Christine Kirby, Brooke E Magnus, Michael G Hudgens, Andrew G Allmon, Katie R Mollan
Antiretroviral therapy (ART) requires lifelong daily oral therapy. While patient characteristics associated with suboptimal ART adherence and persistence have been described in cohorts of HIV-infected persons, these factors are poor predictors of individual medication taking behaviors. We aimed to create and test instruments for the estimation of future ART adherence and persistence for clinical and research applications. Following formative work, a battery of 148 items broadly related to HIV infection and treatment was developed and administered to 181 HIV-infected patients...
April 26, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444470/sexual-orientation-differences-in-health-and-wellbeing-among-women-living-with-hiv-in-canada-findings-from-a-national-cohort-study
#2
Carmen H Logie, Ashley Lacombe-Duncan, Ying Wang, Angela Kaida, Alexandra de Pokomandy, Kath Webster, Tracey Conway, Mona Loutfy
Sexual orientation differences in health and wellbeing among women living with HIV (WLH) are underexplored. Limited research available, however, suggests that sexual minority WLH may experience barriers to HIV care. Cross-sectional baseline data was analyzed from a Canadian cohort study with WLH (sexual minority women [SMW]: n = 180; heterosexual women: n = 1240). SMW (median age 38 years, IQR 13) included bisexual (58.9%), lesbian (17.8%) and other sexualities (23.3%). In multivariable analyses adjusting for age, poverty, education, and ethnicity, SMW identity was associated with increased odds of: clinical (80% vs...
April 25, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444469/modelling-the-unaids-90-90-90-treatment-cascade-for-gay-bisexual-and-other-men-who-have-sex-with-men-in-south-africa-using-the-findings-of-a-data-triangulation-process-to-map-a-way-forward
#3
Andrew Scheibe, Michael Grasso, Henry Fisher Raymond, Albert Manyuchi, Thomas Osmand, Tim Lane, Helen Struthers
A data triangulation exercise was carried out between 2013 and 2015 to assess the HIV epidemic and response among gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (GBMSM) in South Africa. We used the findings to assess progress in achieving the UNAIDS 90-90-90 goals for GBMSM in the country. Three scenarios were developed using different GBMSM population factors (2.0, 3.5 and 5.0% of males aged ≥15) to estimate the population size, HIV prevalence of 13.2-49.5%, and 68% of GBMSM knowing their status. Due to data gaps, general population data were used as estimates of GBMSM on antiretroviral therapy (ART) and virologically suppressed (25...
April 25, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439756/psychological-distress-among-methadone-maintenance-patients-in-vietnamese-mountainous-areas
#4
Long Hoang Nguyen, Bach Xuan Tran, Huong Lan Thi Nguyen, Cuong Tat Nguyen, Canh Dinh Hoang, Hai Quan Le, Hung Van Nguyen, Huong Thi Le, Tho Dinh Tran, Carl A Latkin, Thuc Minh Thi Vu
We conducted a cross-sectional study in Tuyen Quang Province, a mountainous province in northern Vietnam, to examine rates of psychological distress among 241 patients receiving methadone maintenance treatment (MMT). Using the Kessler psychological distress Scale, we found that approximately one-fourth (26.8%) of respondents suffered from mental health pathologies. Physical health problems, current drug use, and alcohol abuse were found to be associated with mental health problems among the participants. Our findings highlight the high prevalence of psychological distress among MMT patients in northern Vietnam, and the need to integrate mental and physical health care services, as well as behavioral health counseling, into currently existing MMT clinics in this region...
April 24, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439755/what-do-key-stakeholders-think-about-hiv-self-testing-in-canada-results-from-a-cross-sectional-survey
#5
N Pant Pai, M Smallwood, D Gulati, N Lapczak, A Musten, C Gaydos, C Johnston, M Steben, T Wong, N Engel, J Kim
Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) self-testing presents an empowering alternative to facility-based testing for reaching undiagnosed HIV infected individuals, but is not currently available in Canada. We surveyed stakeholders (clinical providers, public health professionals, researchers) engaged in HIV testing initiatives nationwide to identify the concerns, opportunities and challenges to implementing HIV self-testing in Canada. An online cross-sectional survey was disseminated by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research Centre for REACH 2...
April 24, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439754/association-between-depression-and-antiretroviral-therapy-use-among-people-living-with-hiv-a-meta-analysis
#6
REVIEW
Jun Tao, Sten H Vermund, Han-Zhu Qian
Depression is common among people living with HIV (PLHIV). Studies on the relationship between depression and use of antiretroviral therapy (ART) are inconclusive. A meta-analysis was conducted to summarize the relationship between depression and ART use among PLHIV. Ten electronic databases, conference abstracts, and dissertations were searched. A random effects meta-analysis was performed to pool the odds ratio estimates from eligible studies. Subgroup analyses and meta-regression were conducted for moderator analysis...
April 24, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424971/high-frequency-of-illegal-drug-use-influences-condom-use-among-female-transgender-sex-workers-in-argentina-impact-on-hiv-and-syphilis-infections
#7
María M Avila, María S Dos Ramos Farías, Lucía Fazzi, Marcela Romero, Elena Reynaga, Rubén Marone, María A Pando
The high prevalence of HIV and syphilis found among female transgender sex workers (FTSWs) in Argentina calls for the study of factors leading to negative health consequences. Given the particular characteristics observed in this population (high marginalization, school dropout, and low adherence to healthcare services), we explored the association of several socio-demographic characteristics with syphilis and HIV infections, and the determinants of condom use. This study revealed that FTSWs from Argentina were exposed to several risk factors decreasing thus their ability to negotiate condom use and leading to increased risk for transmission of HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs)...
April 19, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424970/neighborhood-environments-and-sexual-risk-behaviors-for-hiv-infection-among-u-s-women-a-systematic-review
#8
REVIEW
Chanelle J Howe, Hayley Siegel, Akilah Dulin-Keita
Empirical evidence indicates that aspects of the neighborhood environment may affect HIV prevention efforts. Therefore, the neighborhood environment should be considered when implementing prevention interventions. However, much of the empirical evidence is derived from studies conducted among drug users, men, or adolescents. Such evidence may not be as applicable to adult women whose primary risk for HIV infection is via heterosexual sexual behavior. Therefore, a systematic review examining the relationship between neighborhood environments and HIV sexual risk behaviors among adult U...
April 19, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421356/the-technology-acceptance-model-for-resource-limited-settings-tam-rls-a-novel-framework-for-mobile-health-interventions-targeted-to-low-literacy-end-users-in-resource-limited-settings
#9
Jeffrey I Campbell, Isaac Aturinda, Evans Mwesigwa, Bridget Burns, Data Santorino, Jessica E Haberer, David R Bangsberg, Richard J Holden, Norma C Ware, Mark J Siedner
Although mobile health (mHealth) technologies have shown promise in improving clinical care in resource-limited settings (RLS), they are infrequently brought to scale. One limitation to the success of many mHealth interventions is inattention to end-user acceptability, which is an important predictor of technology adoption. We conducted in-depth interviews with 43 people living with HIV in rural Uganda who had participated in a clinical trial of a short messaging system (SMS)-based intervention designed to prompt return to clinic after an abnormal laboratory test...
April 18, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421355/addressing-early-retention-in-antenatal-care-among-hiv-positive-women-through-a-simple-intervention-in-kinshasa-drc-the-elombe-champion-standard-operating-procedure
#10
Michelle M Gill, John Ditekemena, Aimé Loando, Nana Mbonze, Jo Bakualufu, Rhoderick Machekano, Cady Nyombe, Marleen Temmerman, Franck Fwamba
This cluster-randomized study aimed to assess the Elombe ("Champion") standard operating procedure (SOP), implemented by providers and Mentor Mothers, on HIV-positive pregnant women's retention between first and second antenatal visits. Sixteen facilities in Kinshasa were randomly assigned to intervention (SOP) or comparison (no SOP). Effect of the SOP was estimated using relative risk. Women in comparison facilities were more likely to miss second visits (RR 2.5, 95% CI 1.05-5.98) than women in intervention facilities (30...
April 18, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421354/perceived-barriers-and-facilitators-to-integrating-hiv-prevention-and-treatment-with-cross-sex-hormone-therapy-for-transgender-women-in-lima-peru
#11
Sari L Reisner, Amaya G Perez-Brumer, Sarah A McLean, Javier R Lama, Alfonso Silva-Santisteban, Leyla Huerta, Jorge Sanchez, Jesse L Clark, Matthew J Mimiaga, Kenneth H Mayer
Transgender women (TW) represent a vulnerable population at increased risk for HIV infection in Peru. A mixed-methods study with 48 TW and 19 healthcare professionals was conducted between January and February 2015 to explore barriers and facilitators to implementing a model of care that integrates HIV services with gender-affirmative medical care (i.e., hormone therapy) in Lima, Peru. Perceived acceptability of the integrated care model was high among TW and healthcare professionals alike. Barriers included stigma, lack of provider training or Peruvian guidelines regarding optimal TW care, and service delivery obstacles (e...
April 18, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28421353/phosphatidylethanol-peth-as-a-biomarker-of-alcohol-consumption-in-hiv-infected-young-russian-women-comparison-to-self-report-assessments-of-alcohol-use
#12
Andrew K Littlefield, Jennifer L Brown, Ralph J DiClemente, Polina Safonova, Jessica M Sales, Eve S Rose, Nikolay Belyakov, Vadim V Rassokhin
Alcohol use is particularly deleterious for HIV-infected individuals and thus accurate assessment of alcohol consumption is crucial in this population. Phosphatidylethanol (PEth) provides an objective assessment of drinking and can be compared to self-reported alcohol assessments to detect underreporting. The purpose of this study was to identify underreporting and its potential predictors in an HIV-infected sample of young Russian women. The current study examined the concordance between a quantitative measure of PEth and self-reported recent alcohol consumption in a prospective sample of HIV-infected young women (N = 204) receiving medical care in Saint Petersburg, Russia...
April 18, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417253/body-image-and-condomless-anal-sex-among-sexual-minority-men-living-with-hiv
#13
Shadi Gholizadeh, Benjamin M Rooney, Erin L Merz, Vanessa L Malcarne, Steven A Safren, Aaron J Blashill
The interaction of body dissatisfaction and appearance investment (importance and effort ascribed to appearance) in relation to condomless anal sex has not previously been examined. Body dissatisfaction in the context of varying degrees of appearance investment may yield divergent sexual risk outcomes. Sexual minority men living with HIV (N = 105) completed a battery of self-report measures. A generalized linear model identified a significant interaction [b = 0.08 (95% CI 0.01, 0.16), p = 0.033] such that when appearance investment was low, body dissatisfaction was associated with fewer condomless anal sex acts; when appearance investment was high, body dissatisfaction was associated with increased condomless anal sex...
April 17, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417252/effects-of-parental-monitoring-and-knowledge-on-substance-use-and-hiv-risk-behaviors-among-young-men-who-have-sex-with-men-results-from-three-studies
#14
Brian Mustanski, Gregory Swann, Michael E Newcomb, Nikhil Prachand
Young men who have sex with men (YMSM) are disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS and have elevated rates of substance use. Parenting practices, such as knowledge of child whereabouts and monitoring of behavioral rules, protect against these outcomes among heterosexual youth. This article examined the relationship between these parenting practices and substance use and HIV risk behaviors among YMSM. Data are reported from three similar studies of YMSM: ChiGuys (ages 14-18), Crew 450 (ages 16-22), and RADAR (ages 16-29)...
April 17, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409267/syringe-sharing-among-a-prospective-cohort-of-street-involved-youth-implications-for-needle-distribution-programs
#15
Nikki Bozinoff, Evan Wood, Huiru Dong, Lindsey Richardson, Thomas Kerr, Kora DeBeck
The sharing of previously used syringes is associated with the transmission of Hepatitis C and HIV. This longitudinal study examines syringe borrowing and syringe lending within a prospective cohort of street-involved youth in Vancouver, Canada. From September 2005 to May 2014, data were collected from the At-Risk Youth Study, a cohort of street-involved youth age 14-26 at enrollment, and analyzed using generalized estimating equations. Among 505 participants, 142 (28.1%) reported syringe borrowing and 132 (26...
April 13, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409266/intimate-partner-violence-and-prep-acceptability-among-low-income-young-black-women-exploring-the-mediating-role-of-reproductive-coercion
#16
Tiara Willie, Trace Kershaw, Jacquelyn C Campbell, Kamila A Alexander
A few studies suggest that women who experience intimate partner violence (IPV) are willing to use pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP), but no research has examined mediators of this relationship. The current study used path analysis to examine a phenomenon closely associated with IPV: reproductive coercion, or explicit male behaviors to promote pregnancy of a female partner without her knowledge or against her will. Birth control sabotage and pregnancy coercion-two subtypes of reproductive coercion behaviors-were examined as mediators of the relationship between IPV and PrEP acceptability among a cohort of 147 Black women 18-25 years of age recruited from community-based organizations in an urban city...
April 13, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401415/monitoring-hiv-treatment-and-the-health-sector-cascade-from-treatment-numbers-to-impact
#17
Daniel Low-Beer, Michel Beusenberg, Chika Hayashi, Txema Calleja, Kimberly Marsh, Awandha Mamahit, Theresa Babovic, Gottfried Hirnschall
Although not originally part of the MDGs, HIV treatment has been at the center of global HIV reporting since 2003, marked by achievement of the target of 15 million people receiving treatment before 2015 and 18.2 million (16.1-19.0 million) by mid 2016. Monitoring of treatment has been strengthened with harmonized partner reporting and accountability with regular, annual reports. Beyond treatment numbers, increasingly measures of treatment adherence, retention and outcomes have been reported though with varying quality and completeness...
April 11, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365913/a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-psychosocial-interventions-to-reduce-drug-and-sexual-blood-borne-virus-risk-behaviours-among-people-who-inject-drugs
#18
REVIEW
Gail Gilchrist, Davina Swan, Kideshini Widyaratna, Julia Elena Marquez-Arrico, Elizabeth Hughes, Noreen Dadirai Mdege, Marrissa Martyn-St James, Judit Tirado-Munoz
Opiate substitution treatment and needle exchanges have reduced blood borne virus (BBV) transmission among people who inject drugs (PWID). Psychosocial interventions could further prevent BBV. A systematic review and meta-analysis examined whether psychosocial interventions (e.g. CBT, skills training) compared to control interventions reduced BBV risk behaviours among PWID. 32 and 24 randomized control trials (2000-May 2015 in MEDLINE, PsycINFO, CINAHL, Cochrane Collaboration and Clinical trials, with an update in MEDLINE to December 2016) were included in the review and meta-analysis respectively...
April 1, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361454/self-report-and-dry-blood-spot-measurement-of-antiretroviral-medications-as-markers-of-adherence-in-pregnant-women-in-rural-south-africa
#19
Maria L Alcaide, Shandir Ramlagan, Violeta J Rodriguez, Ryan Cook, Karl Peltzer, Stephen M Weiss, Sibusiso Sifunda, Deborah L Jones
Antiretroviral (ARV) adherence is essential to prevent mother-to-child transmission of HIV. This study compared self-reported adherence versus ARV detection in dried blood spots (DBS) among N = 392 HIV-infected pregnant women in South Africa (SA). Women completed two self-reported adherence measures [visual analog scale (VAS), AIDS Clinical Trials Group Adherence (ACTG)]. Adherence was 89% (VAS), 80% (ACTG), and 74% (DBS). Self-report measures marginally agreed with DBS (VAS: Kappa = 0.101, Area under the ROC curve (AUROC) = 0...
March 30, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361453/the-benefits-of-psychosocial-interventions-for-mental-health-in-people-living-with-hiv-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#20
REVIEW
Sanne van Luenen, Nadia Garnefski, Philip Spinhoven, Pascalle Spaan, Elise Dusseldorp, Vivian Kraaij
In this systematic review and meta-analysis we investigated the effectiveness of different psychosocial treatments for people living with HIV (PLWH) and mental health problems. Additionally, characteristics that may influence the effectiveness of a treatment (e.g., treatment duration) were studied. PubMed, PsycINFO and Embase were searched for randomized controlled trials on psychosocial interventions for PLWH. Depression, anxiety, quality of life, and psychological well-being were investigated as treatment outcome measures...
March 30, 2017: AIDS and Behavior
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