A first look at how HIV-positive, aging adults living in rural South Africa are doing in treatment cascade

A doctor drawing blood from a woman

Aging, HIV-positive adults in South Africa are a growing segment of the population. A study by HAALSI researchers, including project director and lead author, Julia Rohr, PhD, takes a first look at how this understudied population is progressing along the care continuum known as an HIV treatment cascade (a popular, step-by-step model of care that tracks an patient starting with initial diagnosis all the way to the achievement of viral suppression). Findings point to the important role that biomarkers (e.g., blood spots) play in getting an accurate picture of a patient’s progress through the cascade, as opposed to relying on self-reports.