Recent Advances (2011-2012) in Technology-Delivered Interventions for People Living with HIV
Technology is rapidly advancing and becoming a cost effective option for intervention delivery particularly for isolated and hard to reach populations, such as people living with HIV/AIDS. A systematic review was conducted to identify recent technology based interventions for people living with HIV. The review yielded 12 studies that were grouped by the health behavior that it addressed and then the type of technology utilized. The majority of studies reviewed focused on medication adherence and used several different technologies to deliver the intervention including SMS/text messaging, cell phones and computers. This review identified several gaps in the literature particularly the lack of technology-based interventions focusing on engagement and retention to care as well as sexual risk reduction. Suggestions for future research based on these findings are provided.
KeywordsHIV/AIDS HIV management Technology Technology intervention Technology-based intervention Secondary prevention Systematic review Sexual risk reduction People living with HIV (PLWH)
Preparation of this article was supported by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) training grant T32-MH074387 and research grant R01-MH82633 and the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) grant R01-DA033067.
J. A. Pellowski: training grant from National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) ; S. C. Kalichman: none.
Papers of particular interest, published recently, have been highlighted as: • Of importance •• Of major importance
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