This World Aids Day, we strive for a holistic HIV response, which includes provisions for physical, social and mental wellbeing for all. Social provisions include education, employment, and reform of punitive laws (e.g decriminalising sex work) which impact a person’s Quality of Life (QoL).
The QoL concept should be at the centre of future global HIV policy and clinical practice. The facts are clear: investing in the health and wellbeing of all people living with HIV is the key to ending the epidemic and reducing the burden on healthcare systems. A key element of QoL is the ability of a person living with HIV to achieve U=U, which will have transferable benefits to wider public health. QoL and U=U provide the justification for the idea that what benefits people living with HIV benefits everyone.
Read more about STOPAIDS’ work on QoL here.