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Assessment of Health-Related Quality of Life among People Living with HIV in Xinjiang, West China

Journal article
Authors R. Maimaiti
Z. Yuexin
P. Kejun
M. Wubili
C. Lalanne
M. Duracinsky
Rune Andersson
Published in Journal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care
Volume 16
Issue 6
Pages 588-594
ISSN 23259574 (ISSN)
Publication year 2017
Published at Institute of Biomedicine, Department of Infectious Medicine
Pages 588-594
Language en
Keywords depression, HIV, quality of life, stigma
Subject categories Applied Psychology


In total, 679 HIV-positive patients from 4 clinics in Urumqi city were given structured questionnaires by the doctors or nurses treating them. Health-related quality of life (HRQL) was assessed using the Chinese Patient-Reported Outcome Quality of Life-HIV questionnaire versions in Mandarin and Uyghur. This tool has been used in other parts of China and several countries. Compared to France, Australia, United States, Brazil, Thailand, Cambodia, Senegal, and Central-Southern China (CS China), the HRQL was significantly lower among HIV-positive patients in Xinjiang, with regard to the dimension of treatment impact and general health score. The health concern was similar to Brazil and Cambodia but lower than other countries and CS China. Our findings showed high stigmatization: 86% of the patients were afraid to tell others they were HIV positive and 69% often felt or always felt depressed. Only 1% of the patients were on antidepressant treatment. © 2017, © The Author(s) 2017.

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