Principal Investigator: Seth S. Himelhoch, M.D., M.P.H.
Funded by: R34DA032411-01
Sustained medication adherence is critical to reducing HIV-related morbidity and mortality. Individuals who use drugs have greater difficulty adhering to Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy (HAART) compared to non-drug users. The goal of this study is to use the stage model of behavioral therapy research to adapt, further develop, and test a smart phone based intervention called HEART (Helping Enhance Adherence to Retroviral therapy using Technology) to HAART, to enhance, promote and improve long-term adherence to HAART among HIV infected drug users in the non-methadone maintenance setting. If shown to be acceptable and effective, HEART to HAART will introduce a fundamentally new method of HAART medication self-management and provide a tailored, potentially sustainable, and less cost-intensive intervention that can increase adherence among HIV infected drug users over the long term.