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AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 23, Issue 2, pp 499–503 | Cite as

The Effect of Partner Serostatus and Relationship Duration on HIV Medication Adherence

  • Luke D. MitzelEmail author
  • Laura E. VanderDrift
  • Michael Ioerger
  • Peter A. Vanable
Original Paper

Abstract

High adherence rates to antiretroviral medications are necessary for people living with HIV/AIDS. The current study focuses on relationship-level predictors of HIV medication adherence by testing whether adherence rates differ by dyadic serostatus (seroconcordant vs. serodiscordant couples) among individuals with HIV in romantic relationships. Results showed a significant interaction between dyadic serostatus and relationship duration on adherence, such that individuals in long-term serodiscordant relationships reported better adherence than short-term serodiscordant relationships or seroconcordant partners in long-term relationships. Future research is needed to understand what relationship dynamics explain differences in adherence rates based on dyadic serostatus.

Keywords

HIV Serostatus Medication adherence Couples Romantic relationships 

Notes

Acknowledgements

This study was supported by the Syracuse University College of Arts and Sciences using research funds for Laura E. VanderDrift.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

All authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethical Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the Syracuse University research committee and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luke D. Mitzel
    • 1
    Email author
  • Laura E. VanderDrift
    • 1
  • Michael Ioerger
    • 1
  • Peter A. Vanable
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PsychologySyracuse UniversitySyracuseUSA

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