This research study looked at the personal experience of older HIV infected individuals with HAART medications and how the long-term adverse effects of antiretroviral medications have affected their overall health. This study will also explore the older individuals’ experience with HIV specific providers and their HIV treatment as they age. The data collected was used to assess the health and medical literacy of clients and find gaps in the education process for HIV specific medical providers in the New Haven area. AIDS Project New Haven, an HIV specific agency was used to gain access to possible participants for this research. The research was exploratory and looked to observe this phenomenon through qualitative data. It is well documented in prior research that HAART medications have serious negative side effects regarding the cardiovascular, musculoskeletal systems and have a high prevalence of Depression. This research study utilized convenience sampling and in-depth personal semi-structured interviews with HIV positive individuals who adhered to HAART medications in the area surrounding New Haven Connecticut. Data was collected regarding the participant's experiences with HAART medications, HIV specific providers, and the participant's knowledge of medications and HIV. Respondents of this research reported having minimal or no negative side effects from HAART medications.
|Advisor:||Hunnicutt, Christie M., Cretella, Jill|
|School:||Southern Connecticut State University|
|School Location:||United States -- Connecticut|
|Source:||MAI 58/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Adverse side effects, Aging population, HAART medications, HIV positive|
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