HIV-related symptoms reported by older people living with HIV


  • Alejandra Ximena Araya Universidad Andres Bello Facultad de Enfermeria
  • Evelyn Iriarte Facultad de Enfermería Universidad Andrés Bello
  • Kareen Berger


Signos y Síntomas


Introduction: Older people living with HIV experience symptoms that may influence their psychosocial well-being, quality of life and adherence to treatment. Objective: To analyze the symptoms in relation to their frequency and intensity that PMVVIH report with sociodemographic and clinical variables. Material and Methods: A cross-sectional study in 46 elderly people in an ambulatory clinic in Santiago, Chile. Socio-demographic, clinical variables and variables related to HIV were measured. For the analysis of data, descriptive statistics, chi-square and contingency tables were used. Results: The most frequent symptoms were: Fears and/or worries, depression, loss of memory and muscular pain. The symptoms with greater severity were: Fears and worries, prominent veins in lower extremities and gas and / or swelling. Years living with HIV and university education were correlated with a high number of symptoms. Discussion: The largest number of years living with HIV and having a complete university education correlates positively with the frequency of symptoms associated with HIV. It is important to evaluate the amount and intensity of the symptoms of PMVVIH. A better self-management of symptoms associated with HIV can have an impact on the perception of the quality of life of this group of people. Key words: HIV Infections, aged, signs and symptoms


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