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J Health Care Poor Underserved



Young Same-Gender-Loving Men (SGLM) Living with HIV Continue to Experience Symptoms that May Impair Their Retention in Care.


Bortner AC, Lee M C, Karus DG, Lockman K, Brotemarkle R, Carrero-Tagle M, Hossain M B, Henley Y, Raveis VH, Alexander CS
J Health Care Poor Underserved. 2022; 33(1):385-397.
PMID: 35153228.


Over half of HIV infections in the U.S. are among young gay, bisexual, and other same-gender-loving men (SGLM). Symptoms affecting these individuals must be clarified in order to be detected and addressed by health care providers. This report describes the symptom prevalence in young SGLM living with HIV. Study participants in an urban context experienced high symptom burden with a median of 6.2 symptoms despite antiretroviral treatment with viral suppression. Most common symptoms included fatigue (57%), depression (54%), insomnia (53%), anxiety (44%), dizziness (33%), and headache (33%). This study showed that young SGLM with HIV experience a high number of symptoms given their age. Health care providers should work to alleviate this symptom burden that affects patients' quality of life and may influence engagement in care.