Adherence is defined as mutual decision making. The patient understands and agrees in consultation with the health care provider to make behaviour changes that improve his/her health. Without proper adherence, the chances of treatment failure are greatly increased. Additionally, the virus could mutate leading to increased drug resistance and making fewer treatment options available in the population.
Currently, adherence is managed in the following ways:
As we move into the future, the ARV program will be working with various stakeholders to strengthen mechanisms of community-based adherence support.