Risk factors and true outcomes for lost to follow-up individuals in an antiretroviral treatment programme in Tete, Mozambique

  • Caluwaerts C
  • Maendaenda R
  • Maldonado F
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Abstract

Scale-up of antiretroviral therapy (ART) in sub-Saharan Africa is a major public health priority, but ensuring long-term adherence to treatment is a growing concern. The objectives of this retrospective study were to determine risk factors and true outcomes for individuals lost to follow-up in a routine HIV/AIDS care programme in Tete, Mozambique. Between May 2002 and August 2007, 2818 individuals were initiated on ART and 594 (21%) considered lost to follow-up were actively traced. Risk factors for being lost to follow-up were: age between 16 and 35 years [odds ratio (OR) = 1.4, P = 0.009]; CD4 count

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  • AIDS
  • Highly active antiretroviral therapy
  • Medication adherence
  • Risk factors
  • Sub-Saharan Africa
  • Treatment outcome

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Authors

  • Caroline Caluwaerts

  • Rosa Maendaenda

  • Fernando Maldonado

  • Marc Biot

  • Nathan Ford

  • Kathryn Chu

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