How Texting Reminders Helps HIV-Positive Youth

January 2, 2017 | Back to the Blog


The Tragedy

To say HIV is a terrible thing would be the understatement of the century.

And for HIV-positive youth, the situation is especially tragic. They have their whole life ahead of them and yet their condition holds them captive, always looming, never going away.

The Hope

But there is hope! In this day and age treatments have improved and technology has advanced. Though life will certainly be more difficult, it will not be impossible. We have modern conveniences and medicines that people didn’t have even a decade ago—and advancements constantly improve!

How can text messages help?

The Study

One study investigated the effectiveness of texting reminders in order to get youth to stick to their HIV medication. The results were promising!

The study compared a control group who received no texting reminders to a group of people who received reminders both before and after their scheduled times to take medication. The messages also invited responses from participants and held a personalized and motivational tone.

The Results and Conclusions

The results? The article explains, “The study found a significantly greater proportion of intervention participants with medication adherence at or over 90 percent than the comparison group when evaluated at three months and six months after the start of the trial.”

So what was the conclusion? The article quotes Robert Garofalo, the study’s lead author: “The text messaging intervention is a practical and inexpensive tool that can be implemented in primary care and HIV clinics across the country. … It is well-suited for supporting the treatment of conditions managed over extended periods of time.”

How wonderful that a simple tool like texting reminders can help improve the health of youth suffering from a devastating diagnosis!

This is the power of texting—messages come to your personal phone and you can’t ignore them. The implications are staggering.

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