Sumary of Experts develop consensus statement to help improve long-term well-being of people with HIV:
- Since antiretroviral therapy (ART) for HIV was introduced in 1996, AIDS-related morbidity and mortality has declined significantly.
- Despite these advances, those living with HIV often report poor well-being and health-related quality of life.
- Following a rigorous, multi-stage Delphi process, the research team established a diverse panel of experts with expertise in the long-term health needs of people living with HIV.
- The panel reviewed the literature on multimorbidity and stigma and discrimination in order to identify priority issues to incorporate in the Delphi process to develop a consensus statement.
- ” Dr. Diana Romero, Associate Professor Related StoriesThe panel found that multimorbidity, health-related quality of life, and stigma and discrimination continue to be major issues for people living with HIV, including those who have achieved viral suppression and in particular those from marginalized populations.
- “These factors can lead to depression, social isolation and barriers in accessing health and support services,” says Dr. Lazarus, who is also associate professor at the Barcelona Institute for Global Health.