eHealth to Enhance Treatment Adherence Among Youth Living with HIV

Curr HIV/AIDS Rep. 2018 Aug;15(4):336-349. doi: 10.1007/s11904-018-0407-y.


Purpose of review: Multiple reviews have examined eHealth/mHealth interventions to address treatment adherence, including those focusing on youth living with HIV (YLWH). This review synthesizes results of prior reviews and recent studies (last 5 years) to provide a path forward for future research, acknowledging both lessons learned and gaps to be addressed.

Recent findings: Recent studies provide further evidence for the feasibility and acceptability of technology-based HIV interventions. Formative research of more comprehensive smartphone applications and pilot studies of computer-delivered interventions provide additional guidance on YLWH's preferences for intervention components and show promising preliminary efficacy for impacting treatment adherence. Expanding access to technology among YLWH, in the United States (US) and globally, supports the continued focus on eHealth/mHealth interventions as a means to reduce disparities in clinical outcomes. Future research should lend greater focus to implementation and scale-up of interventions through the use of adaptive treatment strategies that include costing analyses, measuring and maximizing engagement, fostering information sharing between researchers, and building upon sustainable platforms.

Keywords: Adolescents; HIV treatment; SMS; Technology; Youth; eHealth; mHealth.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Anti-Retroviral Agents / administration & dosage*
  • Female
  • HIV Infections / drug therapy*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Smartphone
  • Telemedicine / methods*
  • Treatment Adherence and Compliance / statistics & numerical data*
  • Young Adult


  • Anti-Retroviral Agents