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Spring 5-6-2013

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Abstract and Research Question

What are the factors and barriers that lead to levels of adherence for those receiving treatment for those in the HIV/AIDS community through AIDS Project Worcester?

Over the last few decades, the HIV/AIDS epidemic has undergone a visible shift. In particular, the demographics of HIV/AIDS infected persons have transitioned from mostly gay affluent, white males to women and men of various minority populations with lower resources and socioeconomic statuses. This trend has also been true for the Worcester community. Based in Worcester, Massachusetts, this research project seeks to identify patterns between the recent change in client demographics and the relation between client adherence at AIDS Project Worcester (APW). A group of student researchers from Clark University examined the barriers to complete adherence within HIV positive clients at APW. Qualitative research within APW revealed that self-efficacy combined with the ability and knowledge to navigate the mechanics of the health care system are the necessary antidote for clients to achieve 100% adherence.


AIDS, AIDS Project Worcester, APW, Worcester, Health Care, Treatment

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