Using clinic records and interviews with adolescents in treatment, this study found five factors that were significant in retaining adolescents in care. The five factors associated with improved retention (STACK): Stocked with medication, staff with Time for adolescents, Accompanied to the clinic, Cash to get to the clinic safely, health care staff who are Kind. With none of these factors, 3.3% of adolescents reported retention. With all five factors, 69.5% reported retention. This basic package of clinic and community services points to the key interventions needed for adolescent retention in HIV care.
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