Cyrus Mugo, MBChB, MPH

Nominated From: University of Washington

Research Site: Kenyatta National Hospital

Research Area: Adolescent HIV Care

Primary Mentor: Grace John-Stewart

Research Project

HIV Status Disclosure, Stigma, and Viral Suppression Among Adolescents and Young Adults Living With HIV

Adolescents and young adults living with HIV (ALHIV) have poorer adherence and viral suppression than adults. There is mixed evidence regarding the influence of social processes (including how one knew their HIV status [disclosure], stigma, and social support) on viral suppression in ALHIV. Previous studies have demonstrated that improving HIV literacy improves adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART), but there is no evidence on whether it impacts viral suppression. In this study, we will assessing the impact of HIV literacy, stigma and disclosure on viral suppression.

Research Significance

This research will fill in gaps in our understanding of causes of viral non-suppression which is prevalent among adolescents and young adults living with HIV. This is important in designing interventions aimed at improving treatment outcomes.


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