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Strengthen Connections With HIV-positive Patients

The health of patients living with HIV depends on strict adherence to lifelong HIV therapy. The US Department of Health and Human Services Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-1-Infected Adults and Adolescents specify that stronger relationships between healthcare professionals and HIV-positive patients are essential in helping to facilitate long-term treatment adherence and potential improved long-term health outcomes. You may be able to foster stronger connections with the HIV-positive patients in your care by implementing a few supportive care strategies.

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Reference:
Guidelines for the use of antiretroviral agents in HIV-1-Infected adults and adolescents. AIDSinfo website. https://aidsinfo.nih.gov/guidelines/html/1/adult-and-adolescent-arv-guidelines/30/adherence-to-art. Published July 14, 2016. Accessed March 16, 2017.

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