Advertisement
The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
   
Ask the Experts About

Mental Health and HIVMental Health and HIV
          
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
Recent AnswersAsk a Question
  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary


HIV & depression
Jul 5, 2008

Can depression be considered a symptom of HIV? I know that medications such as Sustiva can cause depression but what about the disease itself?

Response from Dr. Horwath

The prevalence of depression is higher among people with HIV/AIDS than in the general population. There are many reasons for this. One is that depression and substance abuse often occur together, and people with substance abuse have a higher risk of HIV. We also know that depression can put people at higher risk of HIV infection (because of its effect on behavior) and is associated with a worse course of illness and higher mortality. As you mentioned, efavirenz (Sustiva) is known to cause psychiatric symptoms like depression as well.

In short, depression is associated with HIV in many ways. HIV can affect the course of depression and depression can affect the course of HIV.



Previous
Recently diagnosed with dementia
Next
ARV and Pregnancy drugs

  
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

 Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS


 
Advertisement



Q&A TERMS OF USE

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.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint

Advertisement