This study has been conducted specifically
to explore the experiences of people living with HIV/AIDS and taking
antiretroviral medications in Nairobi. This study specifically sought to:
describe individuals’ feelings before and after initiation of antiretroviral
medications; ascertain whether there is stigma associated with taking
antiretroviral medications; Identify support mechanisms available for people
taking antiretroviral medications; describe challenges individuals face as a
result of taking antiretroviral medications, and establish coping mechanisms
available for antiretroviral medication related challenges.
This study was a cross sectional
qualitative inquiry that used in-depth interviews to explore the experiences of
people on antiretroviral medications in Nairobi. The results showed that before
taking antiretroviral medications, participants were feeling hopeless, sad and
frustrated. However, when they started the antiretroviral medications, their
feelings changed positively to feelings of hope and courage. Family support is crucial
for good adherence to antiretroviral medications; though these medications pose
the greatest challenge of treatment side effects. In summary, this study showed
that antiretroviral medications are a greatest investment in the physical,
medical and psychosocial welfare for people living with HIV/AIDS.
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