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Poverty, disease progression and employment among people living with HIV/AIDS in Australia

By D. Ezzy, R. de Visser and M. Bartos

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A national survey of 925 people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) in Australia is used to examine the relationship between disease progression, employment status, poverty and economic hardship. While disease progression has some impact on economic hardship, employment status is found to be the strongest determinant of both poverty and economic hardship. The most commonly cited reasons for leaving work were psychosocial (71%), with declining health cited by half of respondents. It is therefore argued that psychosocial issues are at least as important as changes in health in causing unemployment and therefore poverty and economic hardship among PLWHA in Australia

Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Year: 1999
DOI identifier: 10.1080/09540129947785
OAI identifier: oai:sro.sussex.ac.uk:14068
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