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Quality of life of people living with HIV and AIDS and antiretroviral therapy

Authors Oguntibeju O

Received 27 March 2012

Accepted for publication 20 April 2012

Published 6 August 2012 Volume 2012:4 Pages 117—124

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/HIV.S32321

Review by Single-blind

Peer reviewer comments 2


Oluwafemi O Oguntibeju

Oxidative Stress Research Centre, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, Bellville, South Africa

Abstract: The development of antiretroviral drugs has significantly changed the perception of HIV/AIDS from a very fatal to a chronic and potentially manageable disease, and the availability and administration of antiretroviral therapy (ART) has significantly reduced mortality and morbidity associated with HIV and AIDS. There is a relationship between ART and quality of life of people living with HIV and AIDS, and several studies have reported a strong positive association between ART and improved quality of life in different domains among people living with HIV and AIDS in both developed and developing countries. However, a few studies have reported on the negative effects of ART, which directly or indirectly relate to the quality of life and longevity of HIV-infected persons. In this review, the effects and benefits of ART on people living with HIV and AIDS based on studies done in developed and developing countries is examined.

Keywords: benefits, negative effects, oxidative stress, treatment, modifications of desires

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