School of Public Health
Evaluation of an enhanced standard of care package for adolescents
Retention in HIV care is a critical goal of any antiretroviral treatment (ART) program. Recent studies have shown that adolescents with HIV are at higher risk for loss to followup from ART. Adolescents undergo unique developmental and social changes that are often in conflict with demands of managing a chronic illness such as HIV. In addition, modifiable mental health factors may reduce adherence to care and treatment among HIV-infected adolescents. This project is set at a large clinic in Northern Johannesburg. The study is an evaluation of a strengthened package of care for adolescents with HIV, including a holistic approach covering mental health and psychosocial needs of a cohort of 250-300 children.
Global Health Mentor/PI: Sheree Schwartz, PhD