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Why do people living with HIV not initiate treatment? A systematic review of qualitative evidence from low- and middle-income countries

Shahira Ahmed, Jessica Autrey, Ingrid T. Katz, Matthew P. Fox, Sydney Rosen, Dorina Onoya, Till Bärnighausen, Kenneth H. Mayer and Jacob Bor

Social Science & Medicine, 2018, vol. 213, issue C, 72-84

Abstract: Many people living with HIV (PLWH) who are eligible for antiretroviral therapy (ART) do not initiate treatment, leading to excess morbidity, mortality, and viral transmission. As countries move to treat all PLWH at diagnosis, it is critical to understand reasons for non-initiation.

Keywords: Qualitative; Systematic review; Antiretroviral therapy; ART; HIV; AIDS; Treatment refusal; LMICs; Care cascade; Continuum of care (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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