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Expectations From Life

Shining a light on the life expectations of people living with HIV in Europe

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Four strangers with HIV meet for the first time and discover how their expectations from life and experience of living with HIV differs. Find out what they learnt from each other and what advice they would give to their younger selves

About

The HIV is: Expectations from Life survey explored the hopes and aspirations of people living with HIV (PLWHIV) compared to the general population in three areas: health and quality of life; love, sex and relationships; and, professional life and financial planning.

The HIV is: Expectations from Life survey, commissioned by Gilead Sciences Europe, surveyed 3,245 adults with and without HIV in France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK to uncover whether the expectations from life of people living with HIV differed from those without.

The survey was fielded between November and December 2016 on behalf of Gilead by independent market research company Censuswide. A multi-national steering committee of PLWHIV, along with experts in HIV, financial planning and relationship psychology, were consulted in the analysis of the survey results.

The HIV is: Expectations from Life survey is intended to help shed a light on some common misunderstandings about HIV today and encourage PLWHIV to discuss their life expectations with their doctor by visiting www.goingbeyondundetectable.eu

For more information about the survey view the Key Findings section below

Key Findings

Click on the map and flags below to find out whether advances in HIV prevention, treatment, care and increased life expectancy have impacted the aspirations of and life expectations of PLWHIV, and whether these vary between different populations and across different countries.

Take the Quiz

Take the HIV Is: Expectations from Life Quiz and test your understanding of the impact of HIV on the life expectations and aspirations of people living with HIV.

The quiz is based on the ‘HIV is: Expectations from Life’ survey which took place between November and December 2016, was fielded in France, Italy, Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom, and was completed by over 3,245 people, 522 of which were living with HIV.

Questions

1

What percentage of people living with HIV in Europe* describe their health as "poor"?

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2

Which of the following do people living with HIV across Europe* prioritise the most?

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3

What percentage of people living with HIV in Europe* say that their HIV has impacted their decision to have sex with a partner?

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4

What percentage of people living with HIV in Europe* say that their HIV has impacted their decisions to go on dates / meet potential partners?

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5

What percentage of people living with HIV in Europe* say that their HIV has impacted their decision to have a family naturally?

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6

What percentage of people living with HIV in Europe* say that their HIV has been a barrier to starting a new career?

Results

The Expectations from Life survey shows that that the expectations from life of people living with HIV are still lagging behind the general population, indicating a disconnect between the advances in HIV treatment and the aspirations of people living with HIV

Through appropriate treatment and management to preserve long-term health and allaying uncertainties about future health, people living with HIV can expect to grow old and an HIV diagnosis should no longer limit their expectations from life. Greater awareness about the medical reality of HIV today is needed, particularly in relation to undetectable viral load and transmission risk

Gilead hopes that the HIV is: Expectations from Life survey will help shed a light on some common misunderstandings about HIV today and encourage people living with HIV to discuss their life expectations with their doctor or healthcare provider by visiting www.goingbeyondundetectable.eu/

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*France, Germany, Italy, Spain and UK

DISCLAIMER: No personal data are required for this quiz

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