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 R. 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

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology
  • Infectious Diseases

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