Short Message Service (SMS)-Based Intervention to Improve Treatment Adherence among HIV-Positive Youth in Uganda: Focus Group Findings

@inproceedings{Rana2015ShortMS,
  title={Short Message Service (SMS)-Based Intervention to Improve Treatment Adherence among HIV-Positive Youth in Uganda: Focus Group Findings},
  author={Yashodhara Rana and Jessica E Haberer and Haijing Huang and Andrew Ddungu Kambugu and Barbara Mukasa and Harsha Thirumurthy and Peter Wabukala and Glenn J Wagner and Sebastian Linnemayr},
  booktitle={PloS one},
  year={2015}
}
This paper presents one of the first qualitative studies to discuss programmatic barriers to SMS-based interventions for HIV-positive youth and discusses pathways through which youth perceive them to work. We conducted six focus groups with 20 male and 19 female HIV-positive youths in two clinics in Kampala, Uganda. We find that youth commonly use SMS as over 90% of this study's youths knew how to read, write and send messages and almost three-fourths of them had phones. Youth strongly felt… CONTINUE READING
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