Antiretroviral treatment literacy leads to greater HIV testing and treatment and antiretroviral treatment adherence. Among northern Tanzanian subjects, antiretroviral treatment awareness was only 17%. Factors associated with low antiretroviral treatment literacy included having exchanged money or gifts for sex, living in rural areas, having more than 2 children, and having a primary education only. Previous HIV testing was protective against low antiretroviral treatment literacy. These results support refocusing HIV education efforts and increasing synergy between HIV prevention and treatment programs.
AIDS Serodiagnosis • Adolescent • Adult • Aged • Aged, 80 and over • Anti-Retroviral Agents • Directive Counseling • Educational Status • Female • HIV Infections • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice* • Humans • Male • Middle Aged • Questionnaires • Tanzania • diagnosis • drug therapy* • psychology* • therapeutic use*