Exploring HIV Stigma and Quality of Life for Persons Living With HIV Infection

William Holzemer, Sarie Human, John Arudo, María E. Rosa, Mary Jane Hamilton, Inge Corless, Linda Robinson, Patrice K. Nicholas, Dean J. Wantland, Shahnaz Moezzi, Suzanne Willard, Kenn Kirksey, Carmen Portillo, Elizabeth Sefcik, Marta Rivero-Méndez, Mary Maryland

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Abstract

The purpose of this study was to explore the potential contribution of perceived HIV stigma to quality of life for people living with HIV infection. A cross-sectional design explored the contribution of demographic variables, symptoms, and stigma to quality of life in an international sample of 726 people living with HIV infection. Stigma independently contributed a significant 5.3% of the explained variance in quality of life, after removing contributions of HIV-related symptoms and severity of illness. This study empirically documents that perceived HIV stigma had a significantly negative impact upon quality of life for a broad sample of people living with HIV infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)161-168
Number of pages8
JournalJournal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care
Volume20
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2009
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Advanced and Specialized Nursing

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    Holzemer, W., Human, S., Arudo, J., Rosa, M. E., Hamilton, M. J., Corless, I., Robinson, L., Nicholas, P. K., Wantland, D. J., Moezzi, S., Willard, S., Kirksey, K., Portillo, C., Sefcik, E., Rivero-Méndez, M., & Maryland, M. (2009). Exploring HIV Stigma and Quality of Life for Persons Living With HIV Infection. Journal of the Association of Nurses in AIDS Care, 20(3), 161-168. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jana.2009.02.002