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Indian J Sex Transm Dis AIDS. 2010 Jul;31(2):75-80. doi: 10.4103/0253-7184.74971.

Quality of life in HIV/AIDS.

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Department of Dermatology, Venereology and Leprosy, JSS Medical College, JSS University, Mysore, Karnataka, India.

Abstract

Given the longevity achievable with current prophylactic and therapeutic strategies for persons with HIV infection, quality of life (QOL) has emerged as a significant medical outcome measure, and its enhancement has an important goal. This review highlights the relevance and complexity of physical, psychological, and social factors as determinants of health-related quality of life in HIV-infected persons. Existing data suggest that physical manifestations, antiretroviral therapy, psychological well-being, social support systems, coping strategies, spiritual well-being, and psychiatric comorbidities are important predictors of QOL in this population. Consequently, the impact of HIV infection on the dimensions of QOL, including physical and emotional well-being, social support systems, and life roles, has emerged as a key issue for persons infected with HIV.

KEYWORDS:

AIDS; HIV; antiretroviral therapy; anxiety; coping; depression; psychosocial; quality of life; social support

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