Medication and Behavioral Adherence Among HIV+ Older Adults

Tracy Davis, Alice Thornton, David Oslin, Faika Zanjani

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The purpose of this investigation was to explore HIV medication adherence among older adults. In Study 1, 44 HIV+ adults were recruited from the University of Pennsylvania Center for AIDS Research and interviewed about their health behaviors, including medication adherence. In Study 2, 40 HIV+ adults were surveyed about their communication with their physician and HIV medication and behavioral recommendations. Both studies found that a considerable percentage of participants were not completely adherent to their HIV medications. Furthermore, the majority of participants reported good communication with their physician. The findings of these studies have implications for intervention efforts aimed at increasing adherence to both medications and recommended behaviors among HIV+ older adults.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)458-474
Number of pages17
JournalClinical Gerontologist
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 2014

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This research was supported, in part, by a grant from University of Pennsylvania Center for AIDS Research (Penn CFAR) Pilot and Feasibility Grant Program, the National Institute of Mental Health P30 MH66270, and a training grant from NIMH (5 T32 MH19931) awarded to D. Oslin, and another awarded to T. Curry (NIDA 5K12DA014040), and the Research Trust Challenge Grant awarded to the Graduate Center for Gerontology at the University of Kentucky.


  • HIV
  • medication adherence
  • older adults

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Health(social science)
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Gerontology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology


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