Expanding access to antiretroviral therapy through the public sector--the challenge of retaining patients in long-term primary care.

Myer, Landon; El-Sadr, Wafaa Mahmoud

The growing movement to make antiretroviral therapy (ART) widely available in South Africa has spurred discussion on different aspects of delivering HIV treatment services, deliberations that have taken on new importance in light of the national government’s recent announcement of a plan to make ART widely available in the public sector. Yet one critical aspect of delivering ART effectively within HIV care services has received surprisingly little attention, namely the challenge of retaining patients in long-term programmes of primary care. Here we discuss the importance of distinguishing adherence to medications from retention in care, as well as the possible interventions that may be employed to improve long-term patient retention.


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South African Medical Journal

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October 16, 2015