Perceptions of HAART among gay men who declined a treatment offer: preliminary results from an interview-based study

Cooper, V., Buick, D., Horne, R., EDELMAN, NATALIE, Gallaitry, G., Leake, H. and Fisher, M. (2002) Perceptions of HAART among gay men who declined a treatment offer: preliminary results from an interview-based study AIDS Care, 14 (3). pp. 319-328. ISSN 0954-0121

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Abstract

As part of a prospective study of treatment decision making among people with HIV infection, we explored perceptions of HAART in a cohort who declined a treatment offer. This was a qualitative study in which 26 gay men were interviewed in relation to their views about HAART soon after treatment was recommended by their HIV physician. Fifteen themes were associated with the decision to decline HAART. These were grouped under three broad categories: doubts about personal necessity for HAART, concerns about potential adverse effects of taking HAART and satisfaction with the amount of personal control over the decision. These findings provide new insights into the type of beliefs that might inform people's evaluation of their perceived need for HAART and their concerns about HAART. Initiatives to support informed decisions should take account of these perceptions.

Item Type:Journal article
Subjects:A000 Medicine > A300 Clinical Medicine
A000 Medicine > A900 Medicine not elsewhere classified
B000 Health Professions > B600 Health Research
B000 Health Professions > B700 Nursing and Midwifery
DOI (a stable link to the resource):10.1080/09540120220123694
Faculties:Faculty of Health and Social Sciences > School of Nursing and Midwifery
Faculty of Science and Engineering > School of Pharmacy and Biomolecular Sciences
ID Code:595
Deposited By:Converis
Deposited On:29 Nov 2006
Last Modified:14 Aug 2013 04:01

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