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Resistance Training as an Intervention for People Living With HIV/AIDS

Quiles, Norberto EdD, CSCS, RCEP1; Ortiz, Alexis PT, PhD, CSCS, FACSM2

Strength and Conditioning Journal: August 2017 - Volume 39 - Issue 4 - p 64–70
doi: 10.1519/SSC.0000000000000312
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ABSTRACT PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS ARE LIVING LONGER DUE TO THE ADVANCEMENT OF ANTIRETROVIRAL MEDICATIONS BUT ARE NOW EXPERIENCING OTHER COMORBIDITIES AS SIDE EFFECTS OF THESE MEDICATIONS AND DISEASE PROGRESSION. MUSCLE WASTING IS ONE OF THE TOP COMORBIDITIES FACED BY THESE INDIVIDUALS WHICH MAY DECREASE THEIR ABILITY TO ENGAGE IN ACTIVITIES OF DAILY LIVING AND PARTICIPATION IN SOCIETY. RESISTANCE EXERCISE HAS SHOWN TO BE A SAFE AND EFFECTIVE MODALITY IN COUNTERACTING THE EFFECTS OF MUSCLE WASTING AND ENHANCING THE HEALTH OF THESE INDIVIDUALS. EXERCISE PROFESSIONALS ARE IN A DESIRABLE POSITION TO AID INCREASING THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF THIS POPULATION.

1Department of Family, Nutrition and Exercise Sciences, Queens College, CUNY, Queens, New York; and

2School of Physical Therapy, Texas Woman's University, Houston, Texas

Address correspondence to Norberto Quiles, Norberto.quilesgonzalez@qc.cuny.edu.

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

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Norberto Quiles is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Family, Nutrition, and Exercise Sciences at Queens College CUNY.

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Alexis Ortiz is a Professor at the School of Physical Therapy of Texas Woman's University in Houston Texas.

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