College of Osteopathic Medicine Faculty Articles

Title

Health literacy: impact on the health of HIV-infected individuals.

ISBN or ISSN

1548-3568

Publication Title

Current HIV/AIDS Reports

Volume

10

Issue

4

Publication Date / Copyright Date

12-1-2013

First Page

295

Last Page

304

DOI Number

10.1007/s11904-013-0178-4

Abstract

Health literacy is known to affect vulnerable communities such as persons living with HIV/AIDS. The purpose of this review was to provide a current summary of research on the impact of health literacy on the health of persons living with HIV/AIDS and to address future areas of need. Contemporary studies focused on expanding the reach of health literacy in HIV/AIDS to retention in HIV care, use of technology for assessing and intervening to improve health literacy, and health literacy across the globe, for example. A number of studies did not find health literacy to explain health behaviors whereas other studies supported such a relationship. Future issues relevant to health literacy in HIV/AIDS include the aging of the HIV population and associated comorbidities, studies to understand the role of health literacy in specific populations affected by HIV/AIDS, and the continued need to refine the definition and measurement of health literacy.

Disciplines

Medical Specialties | Medicine and Health Sciences | Osteopathic Medicine and Osteopathy

Keywords

Attitude to Health, HIV Infections, Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice, Health Literacy, Humans, Patient Compliance, Social Support