Labor force participation and health-related quality of life in HIV-positive men who have sex with men: The multicenter AIDS cohort study

Sergio Rueda, Janet Raboud, Michael Plankey, David Ostrow, Cameron Mustard, Sean B. Rourke, Lisa P. Jacobson, Tsegaye Bekele, Ahmed Bayoumi, John Lavis, Roger Detels, Anthony J. Silvestre

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Abstract

Too many people with HIV have left the job market permanently and those with reduced work capacity have been unable to keep their jobs. There is a need to examine the health effects of labor force participation in people with HIV. This study presents longitudinal data from 1,415 HIV-positive men who have sex with men taking part in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study. Generalized Estimating Equations show that employment is associated with better physical and mental health quality of life and suggests that there may be an adaptation process to the experience of unemployment. Post hoc analyses also suggest that people who are more physically vulnerable may undergo steeper health declines due to job loss than those who are generally healthier. However, this may also be the result of a selection effect whereby poor physical health contributes to unemployment. Policies that promote labor force participation may not only increase employment rates but also improve the health of people living with HIV.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)2350-2360
Number of pages11
JournalAIDS and behavior
Volume16
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Nov 2012

Keywords

  • Employment
  • Health-related quality of life
  • Longitudinal cohort study HIV/AIDS
  • Men who have sex with men

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Social Psychology
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases

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    Rueda, S., Raboud, J., Plankey, M., Ostrow, D., Mustard, C., Rourke, S. B., Jacobson, L. P., Bekele, T., Bayoumi, A., Lavis, J., Detels, R., & Silvestre, A. J. (2012). Labor force participation and health-related quality of life in HIV-positive men who have sex with men: The multicenter AIDS cohort study. AIDS and behavior, 16(8), 2350-2360. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10461-012-0257-3