Factors contributing to clients defaulting anti-retroviral treatment at Matoks Capricorn District, Limpopo Province

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dc.contributor.advisor Ramathuba, D. U.
dc.contributor.advisor Tugli, A. K.
dc.contributor.author Ratshihume, Phumudzo Terrence
dc.date 2018
dc.date.accessioned 2018-05-24T10:56:34Z
dc.date.available 2018-05-24T10:56:34Z
dc.date.issued 2018-05-18
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/11602/1067
dc.description MPH
dc.description Department of Public Health
dc.description.abstract Background: The provision of antiretroviral treatment for people living with HIV/AIDS has encountered many challenges associated with poor adherence in South African and other countries in Africa as a whole including globally. Taking ARVs Properly has shown to reduce viral load to a level where the virus becomes undetectable and these results in an increase of CD4 count cells. These decreases chances of oppotunistic infections but it requires a proper adherence and compliance to treatment which seems to be difficult to most patients on ART. Purpose: The study investigated factors contributing to clients defaulting antiretroviral treatment. Methodology: A qualitative explorative cross-sectional study design was conducted at Matoks in Capricon District, in the months of May, June and July 2017. A purposive sampling method was used to select 19 respondents whom where willing to voluntrily participate in the study from a population of People Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHV). An indepth face to face interview was used to collect data, guided by a central question and probing. It was then analyzed by the use of eight steps of Tesch. Results: The findings revealed that women were more defaulters than men. Shortages of antiretroviral treatment and most clients were unable to collect ART on time due to lack of transport to the clinic and the long distance from their perspective homes to the clinic. Socio economic conditions and indegenious health beliefs were some of factors identified. Recommendations: extensive health education and promotion should be intensified to reach all community members of Matoks and PLWHA in terms of HIV/AIDS care and consistent taking of treatment that clients who live far away from the clinic will be able to collect the ARV treatment nearer to their place of residents. en_US
dc.description.sponsorship NRF en_US
dc.format.extent 1 online resource (v, 79 leaves : color illustrations, color maps)
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.rights University of Venda
dc.subject Challenges en_US
dc.subject Defaulters en_US
dc.subject Anti-retroviral factors en_US
dc.subject HIV/AIDS en_US
dc.subject.ddc 616.97920968256
dc.subject.lcsh AIDS (Disease) -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh HIV infections -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh AIDS (Disease) -- Patients -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.subject.lcsh AIDS (Disease) -- Prevention
dc.subject.lcsh HIV-positive persons -- South Africa -- Limpopo
dc.title Factors contributing to clients defaulting anti-retroviral treatment at Matoks Capricorn District, Limpopo Province en_US
dc.type Dissertation en_US

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