HOLISTIC APPROACH TO IMPROVE QUALITY OF LIFE FOR PLHIV
“In the Positive Perspectives study, polypharmacy was strongly associated with poorer health-related quality of life, independent of the number of existing co-morbidities. However, neither HIV nor HIV medications should hold a person back from maximising life to its full wonderful potential. We need to encourage people living with HIV to aspire to treatments that not only keep the virus undetectable and minimise side effects, but also support overall wellbeing and quality of life, making HIV a smaller part of their lives.”
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- Okoli C, de los Rios P, Eremin A, Brough G, Young B, Short D. Relationship Between Polypharmacy and Quality of Life Among People in 24 Countries Living With HIV. Prev Chronic Dis 2020;17:190359. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.5888/pcd17.190359
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- ViiV Healthcare. Data on File – Positive Perspectives Survey 2017.
- Chen, W. et al. Engagement with Health Care Providers Affects Self- Efficacy, Self-Esteem, Medication Adherence and Quality of Life in People Living with HIV. Journal of AIDS & Clinical Research 2013, 04(11).
*Total number of participants is 2,112 as the figures were calculated before the inclusion of additional data from Russia and South Africa