Apr 29, 2008
What percentage of HIV postive population currently suffers from some form of depression requiring treatment through counseling or medications?
Response from Dr. Horwath
There is a study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry in 2001 that quotes a prevalence rate of depression of 33% among people who are HIV+ (Bing et.al.)
However, the rates of depression vary considerably within the population of people who are HIV+ because it is a very heterogeneous group of people. For example, people who become infected through injection drug use tend to have higher rates of various psychiatric disorders (including depression) than non-drug abusers who become infected through sex. For this reason, it is somewhat oversimplified to quote a single rate and expect it to apply to the whole population of those who are HIV+.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.