Determining correlates of default among HIV patients in rural South Africa
I investigated HIV medication adherence in rural Tugela Ferry, South Africa. I visited 15 primary health clinics to try to locate patients that had supposedly stopped picking up their medication at the district hospital. I then compared their demographic and health characteristics to determine the correlates of default. Younger men with lower CD4 counts, higher viral loads and who had been on treatment for shorter amounts of time were most likely to default.
These findings will be used to design future interventions to keep patients on treatment.