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Indian Journal of Communicable Diseases

Volume  1, Issue 2, Jul-Dec 2015, Pages 93-96


Pain in people with HIV/AIDS: An Update

Nisha Rani Jamwal, Kumar Senthil P.

* Senior Physiotherapist, Department of Physiotherapy, Fortis Super Speciality hospital, Phase-VIII, Mohali, Punjab **Professor & Principal, Maharishi Markandeshwar Institute of Physiotherapy and Rehabilitation (Maharishi Markandeshwar University), M

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This review article addressed the emphasis on pain in people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) through a literature overview. There was a high prevalence of pain in PLWHA, associated with psychiatric comorbidities and post-traumatic stress disorder, thus adversely impacting quality of life. Treatments including anti-retroviral therapy, analgesic therapy when provided along a multidimensional approach, together with alternative therapies would combat pain in PLWHA. The evidence presented in this study included assessment studies that reported about pain in PLWHA and treatments for pain in PLWHA. Despite the under-reporting of HIV/AIDS in palliative care literature, researchers and clinicians need to realize the under-estimation and under-treatment of pain in PLWHA along a multidisciplinary biopsychosocial model to improve their health-related quality of life.

Keywords: Palliative Immunology;  Immuno-anesthesiology; Immuno-analgesia; HIV/AIDS.

Corresponding Author : Kumar Senthil P.