n Southern African Journal of HIV Medicine - Adherence to antiretroviral regimens : adherence

Volume 3, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1608-9693
  • E-ISSN: 2078-6751



The advent of highly active antiretroviral therapies (HAART) in 1995/1996 ushered in a new era in the management of the HIV pandemic, with new drugs, new strategies, new vigour from treating clinicians, and enthusiasm on the part of their patients. Mortality and morbidity figures dropped radically, with associated gains in cost benefits with regard to macro- and microeconomic costs. What soon became evident, however, was the vital importance of patient adherence with prescribed medication in order to garner the benefits that were so rapidly becoming available. As a result, much attention has recently been paid to this aspect of management. Both clinicians and patients are recognising the importance of long-term drug acceptability, availability, and the all-important ability of patients to sustain such challenging regimens.

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