Building the PozQoL website

Image from ViiV Healthcare and Shutterstock’s HIV in View collection

Welcome to the PozQoL website

The PozQoL website was launched in February 2021. Our aim was to pull together all of the information that we had available to us about PozQoL. The purpose of this website is to help clinicians, community and peer workers, and researchers use PozQoL in their own work. The ultimate goal of all of this is to support people living with HIV to enjoy good quality of life and to live their best lives.

We designed this page about building the PozQoL website for transparency and accountability.

Associate Professor Graham Brown — one of the PozQoL Project’s lead investigators — welcomes you to the PozQoL Website. (Transcript below »)


This website is published in English. We have tried to keep the website content as simple as possible.

Where possible, the content is in plain English (Flesch Reading Ease Score of 60+ and Flesch-Kincaid Grade level 9 or below).

We hope this makes it more accessible for everyone (and easier to translate into other languages).

If you have difficulty understanding any of the content on this website, please do not hesitate to let us know.


We are proud to use photos of real people living with HIV who are living happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives. We thank ViiV Healthcare for providing some of these images. We sourced many others from ViiV Healthcare and Shutterstock’s HIV in View collections.

For the pages describing the different language versions of the PozQoL scale, we have tried to find photos of people living with HIV who may speak that language. In other instances, we have used stock images. These stock images are available for use by the public without the need to provide attribution to the photographer. The use of stock photos on the PozQoL website implies nothing about HIV status of the people in them.


The initial development of this website was funded by:

Funding for ongoing maintenance is provided by the Centre for Social Impact UNSW.

ViiV Healthcare have no ongoing role in funding, developing, or reviewing the website or its content.

Dr Duncan Short, Director of Global Implementation Science at ViiV Healthcare, talks about ViiV’s commitment to improving the lives of people living with HIV, and how this underpinned their support of the PozQoL Project. (Transcript below »)

People living with HIV provided valuable feedback and advice on the website’s content, structure, and design. Special thanks to our partners for their time and contribution to this process:

Finally, thank you to everyone else who helped us with creating the content, sourcing images, and refining the PozQoL website.

Video transcripts

‘Welcome to the PozQoL Website’ with Associate Professor Graham Brown, one of the PozQoL Project‘s lead investigators

Hi! Welcome to the PozQoL Website.

I’m Graham Brown, one of investigators of the PozQoL Study.

PozQoL is a short, validated scale to measure changes in quality of life of people living with HIV.

PozQoL is actually a collaboration of community, research, and the health sector. We set out to develop a short, freely available scale that could be easily incorporated into day-to-day practice of health services, community and peer programs, and in research.

On this website you’ll find the scale itself in a range of different languages. You’ll also find details about how we developed the scale, the reliability and validity testing, where we have trialled its use in practice, as well as guides on how to use PozQoL.

We hope you find PozQoL really useful and we look forward to hearing about your experience with it.


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‘ViiV Healthcare on supporting the PozQoL Project’ with Dr Duncan Short, Director of Global Implementation Science at ViiV Healthcare

Hi! I’m Duncan Short from ViiV Healthcare.

Improving the quality of life of people living with HIV is a fundamental driver of our company. And our support of the development and testing of the PozQoL is an important example of this.

ViiV have been involved from the outset. And we’re proud to have supported La Trobe University to lead this initiative — to help clinicians and support workers to assess and understand the needs of people living with HIV.

We’re also delighted to be able to support the development of this website that brings together in one place all of the resources associated with the PozQoL. To make it easier for different healthcare organisations, researchers, community workers, to access and understand what the PozQoL can offer and how it can be implemented.

We really hope you find this website useful, as we all work to improve the lives of those living with HIV.

Thank you.

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