ABSTRACT

From an economic point of view, much of the projected cost of HIV disease to the community is associated with the loss of young, productive men. However, further anecdotal clinical evidence suggests that continuing employment also has a significant impact on the quality of life and the clinical progress of an individual with AIDS or AIDS-related complex (ARC) (Rosevelt, 1987). There have been no investigations of the effect of continuing at work on individuals with HIV disease on either their quality of life, the clinical course of the disease, or the interactions of those two variables with the initial disease severity, which may make it difficult to continue work.