STD clinic patients' awareness of non-AIDS complications of HIV infection

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Participants were recruited from a sexually transmitted disease (STD) clinic in Florida and were assessed regarding the knowledge and awareness of non-AIDS conditions associated with HIV infection. Questionnaires were administered before and after a brief information session on non-AIDS conditions associated with HIV infection. Participants included men (n = 46) and women (n = 51). Prior to the information session, at baseline, only 34% of the participants were worried about HIV infection. Most participants (82%) agreed that HIV could be treated with antiretroviral therapy (ART), while only 38% were aware that HIV-associated conditions cannot be easily treated with ART. After the information session, almost all participants reported they were concerned regarding the risk of HIV infection. High-risk patients may have limited knowledge about the consequences of HIV infection beyond the traditional AIDS-associated conditions. Increased awareness of these less known consequences of HIV infection may decrease the potential for complacency regarding acquiring HIV infection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-210
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of the International Association of Providers of AIDS Care
Volume14
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - May 4 2015

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Sexually Transmitted Diseases
HIV Infections
HIV
Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome
Therapeutics

Keywords

  • AIDS
  • HIV
  • non-AIDS defining

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Immunology
  • Dermatology
  • Infectious Diseases

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