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Addressing Patient Fears About Treatment

In 2014, UNAIDS launched global 90-90-90 treatment targets for 2020: 90 percent of people living with HIV (PLWH) knowing their status, 90 percent on antiretroviral therapy (ART), and 90 percent virally suppressed.1 In the United States, ART is recommended for all PLWH, regardless of CD4 count, to reduce morbidity and mortality associated with HIV and to prevent HIV transmission.2 However, healthcare professionals (HCPs) must acknowledge and address patient fears, misconceptions, and other barriers to ART in order to optimize adherence.

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References:
1. Ending AIDS: progress towards the 90-90-90 targets. UNAIDS website. http://www.unaids.org/sites/default/files/media_asset/Global_AIDS_update_2017_en.pdf. Published July 20, 2017. Accessed May 7, 2018.
2. Guidelines for the use of antiretroviral agents in adults and adolescents living with HIV. AIDSinfo website. https://aidsinfo.nih.gov/guidelines/html/1/adult-and-adolescent-arv/10/initiation-of-antiretroviral-therapy. Published May 30, 2018. Accessed June 20, 2018.

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