Kate Merrill, PhD and colleagues examined the relationship between past-year violence victimization and viral load (VL) failure among a sample of adolescents and young adults in Zambia. They found that past-year violence victimization was associated with VL failure when considering the frequency, type, and perpetrator of violence. These findings provide evidence that programs addressing violence among youth living with HIV may be critical to improving viral suppression and preventing onward transmission.
Merrill KG, Campbell JC, Decker MR, McGready J, Burke VM, Mwansa JK, Miti S, Frimpong C, Kennedy CE, Denison JA. Past-Year Violence Victimization is Associated with Viral Load Failure Among HIV-Positive Adolescents and Young Adults. AIDS Behav. 2021 May;25(5):1373-1383. doi: 10.1007/s10461-020-02958-3. PMID: 32761474; PMCID: PMC8052241.