Living long term with HIV/AIDS: An examination of health status, quality of life, and employment concerns
Vetter, Charlene J.
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The present study is an exploratory analysis of employment barriers for people living with HIV/AIDS as a function of health status and quality of life. The purpose of the study was to identify predictors of employment concerns related to living long-term with HIV/AIDS. Self-report instruments were administered anonymously to 91 HIV-positive adults receiving services from AIDS Service Organizations in Western New York. Results of bivariate analysis indicated significant correlations between the independent variables of employment status, and measures of HIV/AIDS-related quality of life and experiences of HIV-related stigma and discrimination. Multiple regression analysis indicated that employment status accounted for 15% of the employment concerns variance. In addition, reported experiences of stigma and discrimination uniquely predicted approximately 10% of the variance and quality of life predicted an additional 5% of the variance in the dependent variable of quality of life.