Health and wellbeing of HIV-positive Australians: findings from the third national HIV Futures Survey Academic Article uri icon

abstract

  • The aim of this paper is to characterize the health and well being of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in Australia. The HIV Futures 3 Survey was a self-complete anonymous questionnaire distributed through multiple sites. Data were collected on health, clinical and social variables. There were 894 responses, 6% of the known HIV-positive population. Respondents were aged between 20 and 77; 79% were homosexual men. In all, 58% reported a viral load of <500 copies/mL, and 81% a CD4 count of over 250 cells/microL. In all, 38% reported another major health condition, and 26% a mental health condition. A total of 72% were using antiretroviral therapy. About 48% were in a regular relationship, and 42% of regular partners were HIV-positive. In all, 55% had stopped working because of HIV and 31% were living in poverty. While the overall picture for PLWHA in Australia is optimistic, there remain clear patterns of health and social disadvantage that require ongoing policy vigilance and service provision.

publication date

  • December 2005