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

Rueda, S and Raboud, J and Plankey, M and Ostrow, D and Mustard, C and Rourke, SB and Jacobson, LP and Bekele, T and Bayoumi, A and Lavis, J and Detels, R and Silvestre, AJ (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. ISSN 1090-7165

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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. © Springer Science+Business Media, LLC 2012.


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Item Type: Article
Status: Published
Creators/Authors:
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Rueda, S
Raboud, J
Plankey, M
Ostrow, D
Mustard, C
Rourke, SB
Jacobson, LP
Bekele, T
Bayoumi, A
Lavis, J
Detels, R
Silvestre, AJtonys@pitt.eduTONYS
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, or Units > Center for LGBT Health Research
Date: 1 November 2012
Date Type: Publication
Journal or Publication Title: AIDS and Behavior
Volume: 16
Number: 8
Page Range: 2350 - 2360
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.1007/s10461-012-0257-3
Schools and Programs: Graduate School of Public Health > Infectious Diseases and Microbiology
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 1090-7165
Date Deposited: 12 Jun 2013 21:13
Last Modified: 14 Oct 2017 16:55
URI: http://d-scholarship.pitt.edu/id/eprint/18891

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