The Positive Perspectives survey showed that 72% (783/1,085) of people living with HIV who are currently taking antiretroviral medication for their HIV sometimes worry about the long-term effects of their HIV medication. In previous years, the HIV treatment paradigm focused solely on attaining viral suppression, but these data highlight the shift in attitudes and self-awareness seen over recent years, with people living with HIV thinking beyond viral load when considering their treatment.
It is often the case that decisions about important matters related to HIV care are made on behalf of people living with HIV without their consideration or full understanding. People living with HIV need to be both engaged with and listened to more frequently if they are to become empowered, educated and informed stakeholders in important decisions about their HIV treatment. Through Positive Perspectives, we are attempting to realise this aspiration.
For more information I encourage you to read the Positive Perspectives Survey Report which provides further insights into the challenges facing people living with HIV today.