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Loneliness linked to missing doses of antiretroviral therapy


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--- Quote ---People living with HIV who report frequent loneliness are more likely to miss doses of their antiretroviral therapy, thus jeopardizing their health, according to a new study presented at the 24th International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2022) in Montreal.

The findings underline the importance of social intervention programs to combat isolation among people with HIV to optimize health outcomes, especially in the COVID-19 era.

In a study of almost 2,000 participants living with HIV, almost half felt moderately to extremely lonely over the course of follow-up, which ran from 2020 to 2021, the first year of the pandemic. There was a strong association between loneliness and treatment nonadherence after adjusting for demographic factors.
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