Thank you for standing in solidarity with Partners In Health / Socios en Salud as we provide medical care and social support throughout the slums of Lima and as people continue to rebuild their flood-damaged homes.
We’re pleased to share with you a piece of our continued work in Peru: helping teens manage HIV. A Partners In Health collaborator in Peru is examining why many teenagers are struggling to consistently take their HIV medication, and working with team members to improve care and support for the vulnerable, often-overlooked patient group. About 130 adolescents receive HIV care and treatment at National Children’s Hospital in Lima, but many of them struggle to routinely take their medication. In the most severe cases, adolescents stay in the hospital until they show steady improvement.
There’s great potential for very positive results: The development and increasing availability of antiretroviral therapy in recent decades means HIV is no longer a death sentence. But taking daily medication is crucial for enabling patients—of any age—to live full lives.
The teen-focused project at National Children’s Hospital is still in its early stages, but PIH is making quick progress. We’ve piloted a support group for affected teens and have submitted a paper for publication in a medical journal. We’re also applying for grants to develop and study interventions to improve teens’ health.
Please click here to read an interview with one of the project’s leaders.
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