Health literacy: Impact on the health of hiv-infected individuals

Andrew J. Wawrzyniak, Raymond L. Ownby, Katryna McCoy, Drenna Waldrop-Valverde

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Health literacy is known to affect vulnerable communities such as persons living with HIV/AIDS. The purpose of this review was to provide a current summary of research on the impact of health literacy on the health of persons living with HIV/AIDS and to address future areas of need. Contemporary studies focused on expanding the reach of health literacy in HIV/AIDS to retention in HIV care, use of technology for assessing and intervening to improve health literacy, and health literacy across the globe, for example. A number of studies did not find health literacy to explain health behaviors whereas other studies supported such a relationship. Future issues relevant to health literacy in HIV/AIDS include the aging of the HIV population and associated comorbidities, studies to understand the role of health literacy in specific populations affected by HIV/AIDS, and the continued need to refine the definition and measurement of health literacy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)295-304
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent HIV/AIDS Reports
Issue number4
StatePublished - Dec 2013


  • Aging
  • AIDS
  • Disparities
  • Global literacy
  • Health literacy
  • Health literacy measures
  • HIV
  • Technological interventions
  • Treatment adherence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Virology
  • Infectious Diseases


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