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Year : 2016  |  Volume : 57  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 49-53

Quality of life among human immunodeficiency virus-1 infected and human immunodeficiency virus-1/hepatitis C virus co-infected individuals in Iranian patients


1 Department of Psychology and Educational Sciences, University of Allameh Tabataba'i, Tehran, Iran
2 Department of Infectious Diseases, ian Research Center for HIV/AIDS, Tehran University of Medical Sciences;Digestive Diseases Research Institute, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran

Correspondence Address:
Hossain Jabbari
Department of Infectious Diseases, Iranian Research Center for HIV/AIDS, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran
Iran
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0300-1652.180560

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Background: The aim of this study was to compare the quality of life (QOL) of people infected with both hepatitis C virus (HCV) and human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). The study design was a cross sectional descriptive survey, using self administered questionnaires. Materials and Methods: A convenience sample of 242 patients (131 of them HIV/HCV), Iranian adults (aged 18–57) living with HIV/AIDS, was recruited from outpatient referring to Imam Khomeini Hospital behavioral counseling center in Tehran city, Iran. The instruments included the Multidimensional QOL HIV (MQoL HIV) and a demographic section. Results: The majority of the samples were male and single. The mean age was 36.52 years (standard deviation = 8.5). HIV mono infected patients reported higher scores in social support and physical functioning, but lower scores in physical health compared with HIV/HCV co infected individuals. There was no significant difference in overall MQOL HIV score between HIV and HIV/HCV patients. Conclusion: Future studies will need to explore the impact of HCV on HIV infected individuals' QOL.


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