Symptoms and quality of life were assessed among human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-infected individuals initiating their first course of antiretroviral therapy. Symptoms, which were mostly mild or moderate, were common in the first year and significantly affected the patients' quality of life. Quality of life was inversely related to the number of symptoms and in the change in the number of symptoms from baseline.
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Financial support. The National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health (5U01AI042170-10 and 5U01AI046362-03) provided financial support for this work by the Community Programs for Clinical Research on AIDS Adherence Working Group as part of the FIRST study (CPCRA 058). Potential conflicts of interest. All authors: no conflicts.