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REIS, Renata Karina; SANTOS, Claudia Benedita dos; DANTAS, Rosana Aparecida Spadoti and GIR, Elucir. Quality of life, sociodemografic factors and sexuality of people living with HIV/AIDS. Texto contexto - enferm. [online]. 2011, vol.20, n.3, pp. 565-575. ISSN 0104-0707. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0104-07072011000300019.
This cross-sectional study aimed to assess the quality of life of Brazilian HIV/AIDS carriers in a county in São Paulo and its association with socio-demographic variables and sexuality-related factors, using HIV/Aids Targeted Quality of Life (HATQoL). Of the 228 participants, 122 were men and 106 women, with an average age of 39 years. Different variables were associated to worse qualities of life, such as illiteracy, lower educational levels, and having no income or formal job. Concerning the variables related to sexuality, the worst QoL scores were associated to not having an active sexual life and having a partner with HIV/Aids. Living with HIV/Aids influences several domains of quality of life, requiring greater knowledge and comprehension of the different variables that can negatively influence the QoL of these individuals for a better care evaluation and delivery.
Keywords : Quality of life; HIV; Socioeconomic factors; Sexuality.