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J Assoc Nurses AIDS Care. 2009 May-Jun;20(3):161-8. doi: 10.1016/j.jana.2009.02.002.

Exploring HIV stigma and quality of life for persons living with HIV infection.

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School of Nursing, University of California-San Francisco, CA, USA.


The purpose of this study was to explore the potential contribution of perceived HIV stigma to quality of life for people living with HIV infection. A cross-sectional design explored the contribution of demographic variables, symptoms, and stigma to quality of life in an international sample of 726 people living with HIV infection. Stigma independently contributed a significant 5.3% of the explained variance in quality of life, after removing contributions of HIV-related symptoms and severity of illness. This study empirically documents that perceived HIV stigma had a significantly negative impact upon quality of life for a broad sample of people living with HIV infection.

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