Are Diabetes and High Blood Pressure to Blame for Unemployment in the HIV/AIDS Community?
October 28, 2011
According to a French study, the probability HIV-positive people will leave their job within five years of being diagnosed is 35 percent -- and not for reasons you might think. Researchers analyzed 622 patients who received HIV care between 2004 and 2010, and found that complications to HIV/AIDS and side effects to medicines were not major factors in unemployment. But other health issues, such as diabetes, high blood pressure and depression, play a large role in why people living with HIV are leaving the workforce.
"Our results provide evidence for the existence of a phenomenon of work cessation starting after the very first months following HIV diagnosis and persisting during the five subsequent years," comment the investigators. "Comorbidities frequently associated with HIV disease including diabetes, hypertension and depression substantially affect the chances of maintaining employment."
The mean unemployment duration was 20 months after entering the study.
It's pretty well understood that employment and financial stability influence health outcomes. For example, being able to pay rent is more than just having a roof overhead. Having a stable living situation means having a place to house AIDS meds. And without that security, someone living with HIV/AIDS may not be able to adhere to medications, hence worsening their health overall. The study's authors recommend that these issues be addressed in clinical settings, among employers and social workers as a means to prevent people living with HIV/AIDS from leaving the workplace.
Have you had to leave the workforce because of similar ailments?
Kellee Terrell is the former news editor for TheBody.com and TheBodyPRO.com.
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