Social support can improve HIV care retention among youth

The Sustainable East Africa Research in Community Health (SEARCH) Collaboration has tested and linked hundreds of people to HIV care for the first time. In a new publication, SEARCH researchers analyze the retention rate among patients they have linked to care in Kenya.

While young adults (15-24) have the lowest retention rate, the study also reveals a promising way to improve it. Young adults living with another HIV-positive household member had a 9% higher retention rate. The SEARCH and FACES teams are exploring more ways to harness the power of social support to improve care linkages and outcomes.