Effect of Lipodystrophy on the Quality of Life among People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) on Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy

Shenoy, Archana and *, John T. Ramapuram and *, Unnikrishan. B and *, Basavaprabhu Achappa and *, Deepak Madi and Rao, Satish and * , Soundarya Mahalingam (2013) Effect of Lipodystrophy on the Quality of Life among People Living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) on Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy. Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care. pp. 1-5.

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Abstract

Background: Lipodystrophy is a known adverse effect of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). Lipodystrophy resulting in body dysmorphism can lower the quality of life (QoL) among HAART recipients. The main aim of our study was to find the effect of lipodystrophy on QoL among people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) on HAART. Methods: This cross-sectional study was conducted in a tertiary care hospital in south India. The participants were assessed for the presence of lipodystrophy. Their QoL was assessed using HIV-AIDS-targeted QoL questionnaire (HAT-QoL). Statistical analysis was carried out using SPSS version 11.5. Results: Lipodystrophy was present in 21 participants (42%). The QoL among individuals with lipodystrophy was found to be significantly lower in terms of disclosure worries (P ¼ .023) and financial worries (P ¼ .049). Conclusions: Lipodystrophy adversely affects QoL among PLHIV. There is a need for studies analyzing factors that can potentially improve the QoL in such individuals.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: quality of life (QoL), lipodystrophy, HIV
Subjects: Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Paediatrics
Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Community Medicine
Medicine > KMC Mangalore > Medicine
Depositing User: KMCMLR User
Date Deposited: 21 Jun 2013 07:02
Last Modified: 21 Jun 2013 07:02
URI: http://eprints.manipal.edu/id/eprint/136348

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