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

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

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Abstract

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
Pages (from-to)295-304
Number of pages10
JournalCurrent HIV/AIDS Reports
Volume10
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2013

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Keywords

  • 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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Health literacy : Impact on the health of hiv-infected individuals. / Wawrzyniak, Andrew; Ownby, Raymond L.; McCoy, Katryna; Waldrop-Valverde, Drenna.

In: Current HIV/AIDS Reports, Vol. 10, No. 4, 01.12.2013, p. 295-304.

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Wawrzyniak, Andrew ; Ownby, Raymond L. ; McCoy, Katryna ; Waldrop-Valverde, Drenna. / Health literacy : Impact on the health of hiv-infected individuals. In: Current HIV/AIDS Reports. 2013 ; Vol. 10, No. 4. pp. 295-304.
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