Use of HAART among young people living with HIV.
- Author(s): Comulada, W Scott
- Swendeman, Dallas T
- Rotheram-Borus, Mary Jane
- Mattes, Kathy M
- Weiss, Robert E
- et al.
Published Web Locationhttps://doi.org/10.5993/ajhb.27.4.11
OBJECTIVE:To examine HAART use. METHODS:HIV+ youth, aged 14-29 (n=253; 71% male; 74% ethnic minority), were recruited in Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York. RESULTS:Almost all youth had been offered HAART (84%); 77% had ever used it, 54% were currently using, and 63% of users adhered to 90% of their medications. Compared to non-users, users were more likely to be female, Latino or African American. Users were also more likely to have the following: AIDS, positive coping styles, social support, and a high quality of life. Users were less likely to: do jail time, perform sexual-risk acts, and use substances. CONCLUSIONS:HIV+ youth self-select to use HAART.