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Sentient Research’s Taking Care of Me Included in CDC’s Compendium of Evidence-Based Interventions and Best Practices for HIV Prevention


Taking Care of Me is a brief video intervention developed by Sentient Research under a CDC contract that is designed to improve HIV treatment initiation, medication adherence, and retention in care for several different target audiences living with HIV, including Black and Latino gay and bisexual men and Black women.

The results of the study evaluating Taking Care of Me were published in the October 5, 2018 issue of the premiere open access peer-reviewed journal PLoS One. The results showed that a brief treatment-focused video in HIV clinic waiting rooms can be effective at improving treatment initiation and may help patients achieve viral suppression.

These results led to CDC including Taking Care of Me in its Compendium of Evidence-Based Interventions and Best Practices for HIV Prevention. The Compendium includes select interventions that are both evaluated against explicit a priori criteria and have shown sufficient evidence that the intervention works.

In the study, 2,023 patients attending two HIV clinics from June 2016 to March 2017 were exposed to Taking Care of Me, a theory-based, 29-minute video depicting persons overcoming barriers to starting treatment, taking medication as prescribed, and keeping medical appointments. Among patients exposed to the video, there was an overall 10% increase in treatment initiation and 6% improvement in viral suppression.

This feasible, low resource-reliant video intervention may be appropriate for adoption by other clinics treating persons with HIV.

For more information, visit CDC’s Compendium of Evidence-Based Interventions and Best Practices for HIV Prevention: Taking Care of Me intervention page

Effects of a brief video intervention on treatment initiation and adherence among patients attending human immunodeficiency virus treatment clinics. Neumann MS, Plant A, Margolis AD, Borkowf CB, Malotte CK, Rietmeijer CA, Flores SA, O'Donnell L, Robilotto S, Myint-U A, Montoya JA, Javanbakht M, Klausner JD. PLoS One. 2018;13(10):e0204599.

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