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23 Sep 2013

Mental health problems prevalent in those with HIV

Three-quarters of people living with HIV are suffering mental health problems, and this can reduce their adherence with drug treatment, a new survey has shown. Positively UK – the charity behind the report, States of mind: improving mental wellbeing in the HIV community – has called for greater support for people with HIV.

Of the nearly 200 people who completed the detailed survey, 75% said that in the past 12 months they had experienced mental health problems; 68% had suffered depression during the year. A third of those who had suffered depression said that it had had ‘a huge impact’ on their lives.

Women with HIV were more likely than men to report having depression, anxiety or ongoing emotional distress over the past year (70% vs. 48%). The rate of these mental health problems was similar among heterosexual and homosexual people with HIV (60% vs. 50%).

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