February / March #99 : Do Single HIVers Die Faster? - by Andrea Rudd

POZ - Health, Life and HIV
Subscribe to:
POZ magazine
Join POZ: Facebook MySpace Twitter Pinterest
Tumblr Google+ Flickr MySpace
POZ Personals
Sign In / Join

Back to home » Archives » POZ Magazine issues

Table of Contents

Daring to Declare

Old Drugs, New Tricks




Go, Girl!


Tribute: Greg Smith

Service With a Smile

Karma Chameleon

That ’80s Show

Criminal Neglect



In Memoriam

The Great Depression


Getting Down

Norvir up by 400%

Guidelines Re-revised

Genital Hospital

Immune Up

Do Single HIVers Die Faster?

More than 50 percent

Growing Up Positive

Gum Up

Quick Study: Vitamins & Minerals

Editor's Letter


Unhappy Meal

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

email print

February / March 2004

Do Single HIVers Die Faster?

by Andrea Rudd

A recent report would have you believe that when it comes to affairs of the HAART this Valentine’s Day, single HIVers face killer loneliness. A Swiss study—the first ever to make a love connection with hard clinical outcomes in HIV disease—presented at the Ninth European AIDS Conference in Warsaw in October followed 3,736 HIVers on HAART for five years. Researchers said that subjects with partners were half as likely to die during the study and more likely to have a CD4 increase of 100 cells compared to single people. They concluded that stable relationships were associated with slower progression to AIDS and death in HIVers on HAART.

Before you post that personal ad, beware: Like the dream date who forgets to mention he’s married, the researchers neglected to report a few important details. Such as? Twenty-five percent of all participants were injection-drug users (some might have died of an overdose); only one question was asked to determine the nature of a “stable relationship”; and viral loads didn’t vary between solo and coupled participants, refuting the researchers’ contention that single HIVers were more likely to be depressed and consequently non-adherent to treatment.

It’s true, being single can suck. But, trust us, you’ll live.

[Go to top]

Facebook Twitter Google+ MySpace YouTube Tumblr Flickr Instagram
Quick Links
Current Issue

HIV Testing
Safer Sex
Find a Date
Newly Diagnosed
HIV 101
Disclosing Your Status
Starting Treatment
Help Paying for Meds
Search for the Cure
POZ Stories
POZ Opinion
POZ Exclusives
Read the Blogs
Visit the Forums
Job Listings
Events Calendar
POZ on Twitter

Ask POZ Pharmacist

Talk to Us
Has a pet helped you deal with your HIV?


more surveys
Contact Us
We welcome your comments!
[ about Smart + Strong | about POZ | POZ advisory board | partner links | advertising policy | advertise/contact us | site map]
© 2016 Smart + Strong. All Rights Reserved. Terms of use and Your privacy.
Smart + Strong® is a registered trademark of CDM Publishing, LLC.