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PBS. 2022; 12(1): 32-40

Quality of Life of People Living with HIV Compared with that of The General Population in Turkey: A Cross Sectional Study

Sabri Atalay, Hazal Albayrak Ucak, Kadir Ascibasi, Ufuk Sonmez.


Aim/Background: The aim of this study is to identify health-related quality of life (HRQOL) of people living with HIV(PLWH) in Turkey and to determine the sociodemographic and clinical data affecting HRQOL.

Methods: A cross-sectional comparative study was conducted between August 2019 and March 2020 on PLWH. This study was carried out with the participation of PLWH treated and followed up in a 3rd level hospital in Turkey. 82 patients followed up at the Department Infectious Diseases agreed to participate. Research team consisted of a psychiatrist and infectious disease specialists. All participants were aged 18 years or older, and provided written informed consent. Sociodemographic and Clinical Data Form, Mini-Mental Test, The 36-Item Short Form Health Survey questionnaire (SF-36) were applied to subjects who agreed to participate. Also, data on CD4+ T helper cell and HIV RNA counts were collected. The values from the present study were compared with the published general Turkish values. Univariate analysis was performed to identify the independent factors associated with the HRQOL of PLWH.

Results: Overall, there were 82 participants, 91.4% of whom were male. The mean age was 41.28 ± 12.90 years, with a mean HIV positivity duration of 4.80 ± 3.36 years. In the study, only 3 (3.7%) people had a CD4+ T helper cell count below 200. 74 PLWH (90.2%) was receiving ART treatment while 8 PLWH (9.8%) were not receiving the treatment.The scores of SF-36 role physical (RP) (t=-5,041; p

Key words: PLWH, HRQoL, SF-36, HIV

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