Peer-led Program Helps Individuals with HIV Adhere to Treatment

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“Perhaps, the belief that only those living with HIV can truly understand what it’s like to live with the disease contributes to the meaningful connections between the educators and the patients struggling to adhere to treatment.”

From medicalnewstoday.com

A nursing researcher at the University of Missouri has developed a peer-led intervention that helps individuals with HIV adhere to their treatment plans that can improve their quality of life.

“Being ‘peered’ is different from being doctored, nursed or counseled,” said Maithe Enriquez, an associate professor in the MU Sinclair School of Nursing. “The peer educators in the intervention also have HIV, which gives them insider perspectives. Perhaps, the belief that only those living with HIV can truly understand what it’s like to live with the disease contributes to the meaningful connections between the educators and the patients struggling to adhere to treatment.”

Peer educators work with HIV patients to identify barriers…

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