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Younger, Childless Individuals and Men More Likely to Drop Out of HIV Treatment in South Africa

February 21, 2014

News sources report on a study published in PLOS ONE that examines why HIV-positive people in South Africa drop out of treatment.

Counsel & Heal: Young, Male, Childless Most Likely to Quit HIV Treatment

"Treatment is extremely important for curbing the spread of HIV. However, new research reveals that younger people, men and people without children are most likely to drop out of HIV care in South Africa. ... Researchers analyzed data collected in a previous study that followed 380 HIV-positive people who were eligible for HIV treatment in a rural part of South Africa over a four-year period. Researchers said they wanted to understand factors that increased the likelihood of dropping out of HIV care..." (Hsu, 2/20).

Royal Holloway, University of London: Younger people, men and those without children more likely to drop out of HIV care in South Africa

"Analysis carried out by an academic at Royal Holloway, University of London has revealed that younger people, men and those without children are more likely to stop attending clinics for HIV treatment in South Africa..." (2/21).

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