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Dr Marta Boffito, World AIDS Day 2021: The importance of early antiretroviral treatment and the barriers to adherence to treatment

Published Online: November 29th 2021

Here at Touch Medical Media we are supporting World AIDS day (1st December 2021), to raise awareness and help improve health and wellbeing for patients living with HIV and AIDS.

We had the pleasure to talk to Dr Marta Boffito (Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and Imperial College, London, UK) about HIV screening and early initiation of antiretroviral therapy, and what clinicians can do to ensure long-term adherence to therapy and sustained quality of life for people living with HIV.

Questions:
1. Why is early ART initiation important and how can it be achieved in clinical practice?
2. What are the barriers to antiretroviral therapy initiation and how can they be overcome to maximize adherence?
3. How does living with HIV affect quality of life and what factors negatively impact adherence to therapy in the long term?

Disclosures: Dr Marta Boffito has been a speaker/advisor for ViiV Healthcare, GlaxoSmithKline, Gilead, Mylan, and Cipla. Dr Marta Boffito has also received research grants from ViiV Healthcare, GlaxoSmithKline, Gilead, Mylan, Novavax, Valneva, and Roche.

Support: The production of this video was supported by Touch Medical Media.

Other content available in support of World AIDS Day includes:

An interview with Dr Bruno Spire around supporting the needs of patients living with HIV

Prof. Ricardo Diaz talks about the importance of healthcare professional support for people living with HIV, from screening to long-term treatment

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