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Depression More Common Among Women Than Men Living With HIV

By Kellee Terrell

January 13, 2012

It's not a secret that people living with HIV/AIDS are more likely to suffer from depression than the general population -- they are twice as likely, in fact. But a new study, conducted by researchers who are part of the CRANIum Study, sheds even more light on the issue. Researchers found that women living with HIV are more likely to suffer from depression than HIV-positive men.

According to the National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project (NATAP), researchers found the following when analyzing data from more than 2,800 people living with HIV/AIDS:

Of the 2,863 participants, more than 38 percent were women and nearly 79 percent of them had some history of ARV therapy. Also, 86 percent of the male participants were white, compared to 67 percent of the women, and on average the men in the study had been living with HIV for a shorter period (90 months versus 112 months).

In light of their findings, NATAP wrote that the study's researchers recommend there be a "strategy of regular screening for, and clinical management of, anxiety and depression for all female HIV-infected patients.”

These findings were released this month at the 2nd International Workshop on HIV and Women, held Jan. 9 and 10 in Bethesda, Md.

Kellee Terrell is the former news editor for and

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