Living with HIV in New Zealand: Balancing health and quality of life

Show simple item record Grierson, J. en Pitts, M. en Whyte, M. en Misson, S. en Hughes, A. en Saxton, P. en Thomas, M. en 2009-08-19T04:28:06Z en 2009-08-19T04:28:06Z en 2004 en
dc.identifier.citation New Zealand Medical Journal 117 (1200), 2004 en
dc.identifier.issn 1175-8716 en
dc.identifier.other eid=2-s2.0-16544365082 en
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dc.description An open access copy of this article is available and complies with the copyright holder/publisher conditions. en
dc.description.abstract Aim: This paper characterises the health and wellbeing of HIV-positive people in New Zealand. Methods: The HIV Futures New Zealand Survey is a self-complete anonymous questionnaire distributed in a variety of ways. Data were collected on health, clinical, and social variables. Results: There were 226 responses, estimated to be approximately 25% of the HIV positive population. Respondents were aged between 18 and 68, and 56% were homosexual men. Most (68%) reported a viral load on most recent test of below 500 copies/mL and 59% had a CD4 lymphocyte count on most recent test of over 250 cells/?L. However, 28% reported a major health condition in addition to HIV and 21% had a mental health condition. Most respondents (64%) were currently using antiretroviral therapy. Many (84%) knew other people with HIV and had contact with an HIV/AIDS organisation (77%). Forty-two percent of respondents had stopped working because of HIV, and 47% reported their main source of income as a Government benefit. Conclusions: This research has demonstrated that, while the HIV-positive population of New Zealand generally has improved health as a result of antiretroviral therapy, there are still significant social and economic barriers to their quality of life. en
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dc.title Living with HIV in New Zealand: Balancing health and quality of life en
dc.type Journal Article en
dc.subject.marsden Fields of Research::320000 Medical and Health Sciences en
pubs.issue 1200 en
pubs.volume 117 en
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dc.rights.holder Copyright: New Zealand Medical Association (NZMA) en
dc.identifier.pmid 15475987 en
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