Journal Article

Use of Community-Based, Directly Observed Therapy for HIV Infection: Lessons Learned for Treatment of Hepatitis C Virus Infection

Timothy P. Flanigan, Lynn E. Taylor and Jennifer A. Mitty

in Clinical Infectious Diseases

Published on behalf of Infectious Diseases Society of America

Volume 40, issue Supplement_5, pages S346-S348
Published in print April 2005 | ISSN: 1058-4838
Published online April 2005 | e-ISSN: 1537-6591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1086/427451
Use of Community-Based, Directly Observed Therapy for HIV Infection: Lessons Learned for Treatment of Hepatitis C Virus Infection

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Directly observed therapy (DOT) is an effective approach for the treatment of tuberculosis among substance users. We have adapted this model to treat human immunodeficiency virus infection. Our experience suggests that community-based, modified DOT should be explored further as a means to treat infectious diseases and chronic medical illnesses for persons with drug dependence; it may be especially pertinent for the treatment of hepatitis C virus infection. DOT can both optimize adherence and provide a way to offer psychosocial support and linkages to social, addiction, psychiatric, and other services, to help address many of the challenges faced by persons with substance abuse disorders.

Journal Article.  2150 words. 

Subjects: Infectious Diseases ; Immunology ; Public Health and Epidemiology ; Microbiology

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