Adherence to antiretrovirals among US women during and after pregnancy

Academic Article


  • BACKGROUND:: Antiretrovirals (ARVs) are recommended for maternal health and to reduce HIV-1 mother-to-child transmission, but suboptimal adherence can counteract its benefits. OBJECTIVES:: To describe antepartum and postpartum adherence to ARV regimens and factors associated with adherence. METHODS:: We assessed adherence rates among subjects enrolled in Pediatric AIDS Clinical Trials Group Protocol 1025 from August 2002 to July 2005 on tablet formulations with at least one self-report adherence assessment. Perfectly adherent subjects reported no missed doses 4 days before their study visit. Generalized estimating equations were used to compare antepartum with postpartum adherence rates and to identify factors associated with perfect adherence. RESULTS:: Of 519 eligible subjects, 334/445 (75%) reported perfect adherence during pregnancy. This rate significantly decreased 6, 24, and 48 weeks postpartum [185/284 (65%), 76/118 (64%), and 42/64 (66%), respectively (P < 0.01)]. Pregnant subjects with perfect adherence had lower viral loads. The odds of perfect adherence were significantly higher for women who initiated ARVs during pregnancy (P < 0.01), did not have AIDS (P = 0.02), never missed prenatal vitamins (P < 0.01), never used marijuana (P = 0.05), or felt happy all or most of the time (P < 0.01). CONCLUSIONS:: Perfect adherence to ARVs was better antepartum, but overall rates were low. Interventions to improve adherence during pregnancy are needed. © 2008 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.
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    Pubmed Id

  • 28513493
  • Author List

  • Bardeguez AD; Lindsey JC; Shannon M; Tuomala RE; Cohn SE; Smith E; Stek A; Buschur S; Cotter A; Bettica L
  • Start Page

  • 408
  • End Page

  • 417
  • Volume

  • 48
  • Issue

  • 4