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Nurs Clin North Am. 2018 Mar;53(1):1-11. doi: 10.1016/j.cnur.2017.09.003.

Exercise and Positive Living in Human Immunodeficiency Virus/AIDS.

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Department of Health and Sport Sciences, University of Louisville, 2100 South Floyd Street SAC East 104, Louisville, KY 40208, USA. Electronic address:


Evidence would suggest that regardless of disease status, people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)/AIDS can obtain similar health benefits from routine physical activity reported within general populations. Research has shown significant improvements among psychological and physiologic variables within the first 5 to 6 weeks of beginning a routine physical activity program. Daily activity has shown promising results in other clinical populations, but there is still a paucity of research that limits evidence among the HIV population. Additional research is needed to examine the long-term benefits of physical activity, and to discover more practical ways to achieve this lifestyle change.


Exercise; Fitness; HIV; Physical activity; Stress

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