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The Body Covers: The XIII International AIDS Conference
Self-efficacy: Predictor of Adherence to Antiretroviral Medications

July 13, 2000

A note from TheBody.com: Since this article was written, the HIV pandemic has changed, as has our understanding of HIV/AIDS and its treatment. As a result, parts of this article may be outdated. Please keep this in mind, and be sure to visit other parts of our site for more recent information!

  • Self-efficacy: predictor of adherence to antiretroviral medications (ThPeB4997)
    Authored by Hedge and Stallworthy (United Kingdom)


This study used a battery of tests to assess predictors of non-adherence as well as evaluate the participant's perceptions of their own adherence. More than 90% of the participants judged their adherence to be good, yet less than half reported full adherence to the prescribed regimens. In this study recreational drug use was the factor most associated with missed doses. So what did we learn here? I learned that patients seem to overestimate their adherence to their own medications. Recreational drug use indeed has an effect on adherence (this seems a no-brainer, but has been hotly debated for years).

A note from TheBody.com: Since this article was written, the HIV pandemic has changed, as has our understanding of HIV/AIDS and its treatment. As a result, parts of this article may be outdated. Please keep this in mind, and be sure to visit other parts of our site for more recent information!

See Also
6 Reasons Why People Skip Their HIV Meds
Word on the Street: Advice on Adhering to HIV Treatment
More HIV Treatment Adherence Research
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