Original Research

Support needs of young adults on antiretroviral therapy in Capricorn District, Limpopo province

Tumisho Mokwele, Dorricah Peu, Moeta Mabitja
Health SA Gesondheid | Vol 28 | a2125 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.4102/hsag.v28i0.2125 | © 2023 Tumisho Mokwele, Dorricah Peu, Moeta Mabitja | This work is licensed under CC Attribution 4.0
Submitted: 04 August 2022 | Published: 31 July 2023

About the author(s)

Tumisho Mokwele, Department of Nursing Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Dorricah Peu, Department of Nursing Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa
Moeta Mabitja, Department of Nursing Science, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa

Abstract

Background: Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has been a major focus of our healthcare system. Over time, treatment policies have been changed to improve the lives of people living with HIV, which led to the introduction of the universal test and treat policy. People living with HIV require support to ensure that they are not lost to follow-up and that they adhere to antiretroviral therapy (ART).

Aim: This study aimed to explore and describe the support needs of young adults on ART in Capricorn District, Limpopo province.

Setting: The study was conducted at a public clinic in Capricorn District, Limpopo province.

Methods: A qualitative, explorative, descriptive research and a convenience sampling method was used. Data were collected face to face using unstructured interviews from 20 young adults, who were selected using inclusion and exclusion criteria. Data analysis were done using Teschs’ method of analysis.

Results: This study indicated that the family played a major role in ensuring that their loved one adhered to a medical regimen and attended their follow-up care. The importance of continuous counselling and education by healthcare workers (HCWs) was of importance as they encourage adherence.

Conclusion: Support is an important factor required to ensure that young adults on ART remain in care and attend follow-up care.

Contribution: The study informs the family and HCWs about the support needs of young adults on ART, which when met, can contribute to a positive outcome of treatment adherence.



Keywords

adherence; antiretroviral therapy; needs; support; young adults.

Sustainable Development Goal

Goal 3: Good health and well-being

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