Gender Differences in Stigma and HIV-Related Quality of Life People Living with HIV

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We hypothesized that HIV-related stigma would be related to poorer HIV-related quality of life (HIV-QOL) in people living with HIV (PLWH), and that this relationship would be stronger in women living with HIV (WLWH) than in men living with HIV (MLWH). 105 PLWH completed an online survey including measures of demographics, HIV-related stigma, and HIV-QOL. Results suggest that higher levels of HIV-stigma were associated with poorer HIV-QOL, and that in some cases, this relationship was stronger for WLWH than for MLWH. It is possible that WLWH have unique HIV-related experiences affecting their quality of life that are not shared by MLWH.


Washington, D.C.