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EPIDEMIOLOGY AND CLINICAL MEDICINE
Luís M. DE MEDEIROS GUERRA, Hunaway A. GALVÃO DE SOUZA, Themis C. MESQUITA SOARES, Joelma GOMES DA SILVA, Dimas A. DA ROCHA MORGAN, Flávia C. MONTEIRO MELO, Humberto JEFFERSON DE MEDEIROS, Arnaldo TENÓRIO DA CUNHA JÚNIOR, Maria I. KNACKFUSS
Department of Physical Education, University of Rio Grande do Norte, Mossoró, Brazil
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the morphological and functional standards and quality of life of people living with HIV/AIDS.
METHODS: This was a quasi-experimental study with 15 people living with HIV/AIDS between 35 and 51 years old. The intervention consisted in a program of resisted exercises. The following parameters were evaluated: BMI, WHR, % G, and scapular and hand strength and the Quality of Life (QoL) was evaluated using the WHOQOL HIV BREFS.
RESULTS: Significant changes were observed in the %G (17.01±2.66 x 15.12±2.25, P=0.031), scapular force (26.16±2.73 x 29.00±2.76, P=0.007), and hand strength (35.45±9.69 x 37.88±10.84, P=0.039). Significant changes were observed in the following areas in the QL domains: environment (12.90±0.52 x 14.10±0.22, P=0.021), spirituality, religion and personal beliefs (15.60±0.88 x 17.06±0.60, P=0.032), and perception of quality of life and overall health (15.33±0.46 x 17.20±0.47, P=0.005).
CONCLUSIONS: The results indicate an improvement in body composition, increasing functional capacity, and improving QL through resisted exercise program.