Quality of life in people living with HIV: an exploratory cross-sectional survey in Belgium

Gert Scheerder, Sandra Van den Eynde, Patrick Reyntiens, Ria Koeck, Jessika Deblonde, Charles Ddungu, Eric Florence, Christina Joosten, Eric Van Wijngaerden, Alexis Dewaele

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This cross-sectional survey explored the quality of life in 505 people living with HIV in Belgium. Several domains of quality of life were impaired: 26% had been diagnosed with depression and 43% had weak social support. HIV-related stigma is still widespread, with 49% believing most people with HIV are rejected and 65% having experienced discrimination due to HIV. The impact of HIV was limited on professional life, but 40% experienced a negative impact on life satisfaction and 41% a negative impact on sexual life. For several domains, people with a recent diagnosis of HIV and long-term survivors had significantly worse scores. This survey also uncovered strengths of people living with HIV, such as positive coping and HIV self-image. Expanding the scope of quality of life in people living with HIV may provide a more complete picture of relevant life domains that may be impacted by living with HIV, but this needs further validation.

Original languageEnglish
JournalAIDS Education and Prevention
Issue number3
Pages (from-to)249-264
Number of pages16
Publication statusPublished - 2021


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