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People with HIV still expect a lower quality of life than their negative peers, European survey finds
Gus Cairns, 2017-10-27 13:10:00
A study commissioned by the drug company Gilead Sciences and conducted
in five European countries has found that, compared with their HIV-negative
peers, people with HIV still expect to die sooner and think they are less likely to achieve a long-term relationship.
The results were announced yesterday during the 16th European AIDS
Conference (EACS 2017) in Milan, Italy.
The survey found that 54% of HIV-positive people considered
HIV to be a barrier to sex with others, and of them 87% (47% of the whole
group) said that they feared transmitting the virus to others.
This could be seen as a rational or well-informed fear, as this
was a relatively young group of people with HIV and just under two-thirds of them
were actually on antiretroviral therapy (ART), with under half with a reported undetectable
However, whether people were virally suppressed or not in fact
made little difference, with 38% of those with an undetectable viral load
fearing transmitting the virus to others, and 43% who were detectable.
Similarly nearly half said their HIV would be a barrier to having
a family naturally if they wanted children, with 73% of those (35% of all HIV-positive
people) saying that they would be afraid to transmit their HIV either to their
partner or, in the case of women, to their unborn child.