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Clínica y Salud

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LADERO, Lucía; OREJUDO, Santos  and  CARROBLES, José Antonio. Social Support and Adhesion to Anti Retroviral Treatment in HIV+ Patients on a Methadone Maintenance Program: A Longitudinal Study. Clínica y Salud [online]. 2010, vol.21, n.1, pp.21-33. ISSN 2174-0550.

The present study examined the dynamics of IDUs social support and adherence to treatment regimens over time. The participants were 100 HIV+ patients on a methadone maintenance program in Madrid (Spain). The data were elicited using a structured, interviewer- administered questionnaire and were followed for one year. We investigate the following 4 groups of patients: those who continued the treatment, those who refused the treatment, those who started the treatment and the patients where there was treatment failure. Conclusions: social support is an important variable in the start, continuation and also in ultimate failure of medical treatment.

Keywords : adherence; HAART; social support; drug addict; methadone maintenance program.

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