Multidimensional Quality of Life of HIV/AIDS Patients Who Undergo ARV Therapy in Maccini Clinic Makassar


Background: AIDS is a collection of symptoms caused by a variety of microorganisms and other ferocity due to the decreased resistance/immunity of the patient.GlobalAIDS epidemicshowsthatthereare34millionpeoplewithHIVworldwide.InSoutheastAsia, there are approximately 4 million people with HIV. HIV infection in humans has a long incubation period (5-10 years), and then the patient can be called as people living with HIVHIVcausesimmunedeficiencysothatthepatientsarevulnerabletoopportunistic infection attack. Antiretroviral (ARV) could be given the patients to stop a virus and restoring the immune system, reduce the occurrence of opportunistic infections, improve the quality of life and decrease disability.

Objectives: This study aims to explore the Multidimensional Quality of Life of HIV/AIDS patients in Maccini Clinic Makassar.

Methods:Phenomenological study conducted to explore the experiences of informants related to the quality of life of HIV/AIDS patients who have antiretroviral therapy. Ten informants selected based on inclusion criteria using purposive sampling. Data were collected through interviews and analysis with the aid of N Vivo software version 10.

Results: The results of this study shows that after having antiretroviral therapy, HIV/AIDS patients have increased in physical, psychological, social, functional, environmental, spiritual, and sexual dimensions.

Conclusions: The dimension that gives most inreasing of the quality of life in HIV patients was physical dimension.


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