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Text Messages Aid HIV Patients in Rural Areas
  Monday March 2, 2009
Healthcare professionals at the University of Virginia Infectious Disease Clinic have found a modern way to improve contact with HIV patients who live in rural areas. According to a report on, HIV patients in rural settings missed appointments and had treatment disruptions more often than their urban counterparts. So the clinic's personnel, as part of a pilot program, gave cell phones to rural patients. The phones can only receive text messages, call healthcare workers, or call emergency contacts.
The study, which will run through 2009, is hoping to prove the phones are a good way to remain in better contact with rural patients, who would benefit by keeping up with appointments and treatments.
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