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Peripheral Neuropathy and Quality of Life of Adults Living with HIV/AIDS in Lubumbashi, Democratic Republic of Congo

Introduction: People living with HIV (PLHIV) have a higher life expectancy and therefore brings considerable health problems that concerns not only therapy but also the quality of life. The aim of this study is to determine the quality of life of patients infected with HIV presenting peripheral neuropathy (PN).

Methodology: A cross sectional descriptive research design was used. A time constrained method was used to sample 76 adults living with HIV/AIDS, presenting peripheral neuropathy at the center of excellence HIV/UNILU of Lubumbashi University in Lubumbashi city, DR Congo. The world Health organization quality of life scale brief versions were used to collect the data.

Results: The data of physical health and the environment present during this study high scores, essentially 23.76 and 23.48; the reasons used are the correct level of study, good care and economic recovery in our country. Psychological domain has a score of 17.10; the reasons used are the contribution of psychologists and support groups as well as community nurses who assist PLHIV. The social domain presents a low score, 7.5 because of the stigma and discrimination very thorough in our country.

Conclusion: The effectiveness of care is judged by its impact on the quality of life of patients; nowadays the therapy must satisfy the doctors and the patients.


Katabwa Kabongo Joe, Tshibangu Manyonga E, Ntambwe Mwembo A, Wembonyama Stani, Mukendi Kavulu R and Mutombo Lukusa V

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