RCT to Reduce Stigma and Improve Treatment Adherence in HIV+ Women in Botswana
Funded by: Fogarty International Center and National Institute of Mental Health
Project dates: July 2018 - April 2021
Principal Investigator: Yang, Lawrence

This study utilized the ‘what matters most’ approach to develop a culture-specific intervention to decrease stigma of HIV and enhance adherence to antiretroviral treatment among pregnant, HIV+ women in Botswana.

Abstract on NIH RePORTER
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