Personal stories from people living with HIV offer inspiration and insights

Listening to the voices of people living with HIV - sharing and amplifying their aspirations and unmet needs - is an important step in ViiV Healthcare’s ambition to make HIV a smaller part of people’s lives. The Positive Perspectives study, sponsored by ViiV Healthcare and developed in collaboration with an international, multi-disciplinary Advisory Committee, explores these same topics. Results from the Positive Perspectives study, along with the videos below featuring people living with HIV, indicate that open dialogue with healthcare providers about challenges with HIV care and treatment may help improve some aspects of quality of life beyond viral suppression.1 Watch the videos below to learn from Tom, Moritz, Helen and Xiana and visit LiVLife.com to see even more stories from people living with HIV.

Tom is from London and has been living with HIV since 2011. Watch his story to learn how he has educated himself about HIV care and treatment so that he can help educate others.

Moritz lives in Germany and was diagnosed with HIV when he was 22 years old. Watch his story to learn how he gained confidence to speak openly with his healthcare provider and aim for a ‘modern, positive life.’

Helen lives in Belgium and has managed difficult personal challenges with help from healthcare providers and friends. Watch her personal story to learn how she does not let HIV define her.

Xiana is a woman living with HIV in Spain. Watch her story to learn how, with support from friends and healthcare providers, she has become proactive in managing her HIV care holistically.

More videos featuring people living with HIV, resources and information are available on LiVLife.com, supported by ViiV Healthcare.

 

One of the largest, global, HIV patient-reported outcomes studies to date, Positive Perspectives 2 includes input from a diverse group of 2,389 people living with HIV, aged 18 – 84 from 25 countries; the research was developed in collaboration with an international, multi-disciplinary Advisory Committee including PLHIV, HCPs and representatives from HIV support groups. The study investigates how people living with HIV rate their own health, how living with HIV impacts their lives and affects their outlook for the future, examines their interactions and relationships with HCPs and their experiences with antiretroviral therapy. The insights gained from the study can help address the unmet needs and challenges faced by people living with HIV and contribute towards improving quality of life.

References

  1. Okoli C, Brough G, Allan B, Castellanos E, Young B, Eremin A, Corbelli GM, Mc Britton M, Muchenje M, Van de Velde N, de los Rios P. Putting the heart back into HAART: greater HCP-patient engagement is associated with better health outcomes among persons living with HIV (PLHIV) on treatment; Poster PED 0808 Presented at the 23rd International AIDS Conference, July 6 – 10, 2020.