Two hundred two people living with HIV (PLWH) selected from outpatients at the Infectious Disease Institute, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS, in Rome (Italy) were consecutively enrolled from May to July 2021. We used an anonymous telephone questionnaire to investigate opinions of PLWH about combined antiretroviral (ARV) therapy and long-acting (LA) formulations of ARVs. All invited participants completed the questionnaire (100%). We found that most PLWH evaluated taking HIV pills for the rest of their life as a continuous, but undemanding commitment (61.4%; n = 124), although they were willing to stop the daily intake of HIV drugs (78.2%, n = 158). Moreover, most PLWH were unaware of the existence of LA therapies at the time of the investigation (60.4%, n = 122). Almost half the PLWH evaluated the need for injections in the hospital as an obstacle (51.4%, n = 104). Regarding the preference between monthly injections and taking pills everyday, most PLWH (68.8%, n = 139) stated that the injection was more advantageous than pills even if they had some pain/swelling at the injection site. The concern about LA therapy indicated most by PLWH was the possible lower efficacy of the drug (83.7%, n = 169). Regarding the possible benefits of LA therapy, those reported most by PLWH were feeling freer because they did not have to remember to take pills everyday (68,8%, n = 139). In conclusion, to date, PLWH in our cohort seem willing to accept LA therapy, but still show some concern about the efficacy of the new therapy and the obligation to come to the hospital to receive it. Thus, clinicians must take into account the needs of their patients and help them overcome their concerns to facilitate the transition to this new therapeutic modality. Clinical Trial Registration Number ID: 2424.

Massaroni, V., Delle Donne, V., Borghetti, A., Ciccullo, A., Lombardi, F., Giuliano, G., Farinacci, D., Visconti, E., Tamburrini, E., Di Giambenedetto, S., Use of Long-Acting Therapies for HIV Care in Italy: Are People Living with HIV Prepared for Change? A Cross-Sectional Study, <<AIDS PATIENT CARE AND STDS>>, 2022; 36 (5): 178-185. [doi:10.1089/apc.2022.0030] [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/211043]

Use of Long-Acting Therapies for HIV Care in Italy: Are People Living with HIV Prepared for Change? A Cross-Sectional Study

Delle Donne, V.;Borghetti, A.;Lombardi, F.;Giuliano, G.;Farinacci, D.;Visconti, E.;Tamburrini, E.;Di Giambenedetto, S.
2022

Abstract

Two hundred two people living with HIV (PLWH) selected from outpatients at the Infectious Disease Institute, Fondazione Policlinico Universitario A. Gemelli IRCCS, in Rome (Italy) were consecutively enrolled from May to July 2021. We used an anonymous telephone questionnaire to investigate opinions of PLWH about combined antiretroviral (ARV) therapy and long-acting (LA) formulations of ARVs. All invited participants completed the questionnaire (100%). We found that most PLWH evaluated taking HIV pills for the rest of their life as a continuous, but undemanding commitment (61.4%; n = 124), although they were willing to stop the daily intake of HIV drugs (78.2%, n = 158). Moreover, most PLWH were unaware of the existence of LA therapies at the time of the investigation (60.4%, n = 122). Almost half the PLWH evaluated the need for injections in the hospital as an obstacle (51.4%, n = 104). Regarding the preference between monthly injections and taking pills everyday, most PLWH (68.8%, n = 139) stated that the injection was more advantageous than pills even if they had some pain/swelling at the injection site. The concern about LA therapy indicated most by PLWH was the possible lower efficacy of the drug (83.7%, n = 169). Regarding the possible benefits of LA therapy, those reported most by PLWH were feeling freer because they did not have to remember to take pills everyday (68,8%, n = 139). In conclusion, to date, PLWH in our cohort seem willing to accept LA therapy, but still show some concern about the efficacy of the new therapy and the obligation to come to the hospital to receive it. Thus, clinicians must take into account the needs of their patients and help them overcome their concerns to facilitate the transition to this new therapeutic modality. Clinical Trial Registration Number ID: 2424.
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Massaroni, V., Delle Donne, V., Borghetti, A., Ciccullo, A., Lombardi, F., Giuliano, G., Farinacci, D., Visconti, E., Tamburrini, E., Di Giambenedetto, S., Use of Long-Acting Therapies for HIV Care in Italy: Are People Living with HIV Prepared for Change? A Cross-Sectional Study, <<AIDS PATIENT CARE AND STDS>>, 2022; 36 (5): 178-185. [doi:10.1089/apc.2022.0030] [http://hdl.handle.net/10807/211043]
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