Belief in divine healing can be a barrier to antiretroviral therapy adherence in Uganda

Jane Wanyama, Barbara Castelnuovo, Bonnie Wandera, Patricia Mwebaze, Andrew Kambugu, David Bangsberg, Moses R. Kamya

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Abstract

Although recent data suggest high levels of adherence to expanding antiretroviral therapy (ART) programmes in resource-limited settings, the culture-specific barriers to adherence are poorly understood. In a prospective observational study, we found that 1.2% of patients discontinued ART because of a belief in spiritual healing. Spiritual beliefs should be an important part of ART adherence counselling in resource-limited settings, requiring close collaboration between HIV care programmes and religious leaders to identify common goals and ensure successful treatment.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1486-1487
Number of pages2
JournalAIDS
Volume21
Issue number11
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2007
Externally publishedYes

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Uganda
Spiritual Therapies
Therapeutics
Observational Studies
Counseling
HIV
Prospective Studies

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  • Immunology
  • Immunology and Allergy

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Wanyama, J., Castelnuovo, B., Wandera, B., Mwebaze, P., Kambugu, A., Bangsberg, D., & Kamya, M. R. (2007). Belief in divine healing can be a barrier to antiretroviral therapy adherence in Uganda. AIDS, 21(11), 1486-1487. https://doi.org/10.1097/QAD.0b013e32823ecf7f

Belief in divine healing can be a barrier to antiretroviral therapy adherence in Uganda. / Wanyama, Jane; Castelnuovo, Barbara; Wandera, Bonnie; Mwebaze, Patricia; Kambugu, Andrew; Bangsberg, David; Kamya, Moses R.

In: AIDS, Vol. 21, No. 11, 07.2007, p. 1486-1487.

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Wanyama, J, Castelnuovo, B, Wandera, B, Mwebaze, P, Kambugu, A, Bangsberg, D & Kamya, MR 2007, 'Belief in divine healing can be a barrier to antiretroviral therapy adherence in Uganda', AIDS, vol. 21, no. 11, pp. 1486-1487. https://doi.org/10.1097/QAD.0b013e32823ecf7f
Wanyama, Jane ; Castelnuovo, Barbara ; Wandera, Bonnie ; Mwebaze, Patricia ; Kambugu, Andrew ; Bangsberg, David ; Kamya, Moses R. / Belief in divine healing can be a barrier to antiretroviral therapy adherence in Uganda. In: AIDS. 2007 ; Vol. 21, No. 11. pp. 1486-1487.
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