Industrial Psychiatry Journal

ORIGINAL ARTICLE
Year
: 2012  |  Volume : 21  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 55--60

Psychosocial correlates of human immunodeficiency virus infected patients


Megha Agrawal1, Kalpana Srivastava1, Sunil Goyal1, Suprakash Chaudhury2 
1 Department of Psychiatry, AFMC, Pune, India
2 Pravaara Institute of Medical Sciences, Rural Medical College and Pravara Rural Hospital, Loni, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra, India

Correspondence Address:
Suprakash Chaudhury
Department of Psychiatry, Pravaara Institute of Medical Sciences, Rural Medical College and Pravara Rural Hospital, Loni 413 736, Ahmednagar, Maharashtra
India

Background: Reactions of people to a diagnosis of HIV and its effect on well-being vary greatly. There is paucity of Indian studies in this area. Aim: To assess the level of anxiety, depression and quality of life in HIV seropositive individuals. Materials and Methods: It was a descriptive cross-sectional study with a sample size of 50 seropositive individuals. They were assessed using a specially prepared proforma containing several questions pertaining to their demographic profile, details of HIV status and high-risk behavior, questions on family support and discrimination. In addition, all subjects were evaluated with WHO well-being index, General Health Questionnaire (GHQ), and Hospital Anxiety, and Depression Scale. Results: Anxiety was noted in 54% of the individuals whereas only 30% suffered from depression. GHQ showed psychological morbidity in 44% individuals. WHO well-being index noted poor psychological well-being in 46% of individuals. Conclusion: The high level of anxiety and depression in HIV seropositive subjects reiterates the importance of psychological counseling in HIV afflicted individuals in conjunction with suitable pharmacotherapy.


How to cite this article:
Agrawal M, Srivastava K, Goyal S, Chaudhury S. Psychosocial correlates of human immunodeficiency virus infected patients.Ind Psychiatry J 2012;21:55-60


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Agrawal M, Srivastava K, Goyal S, Chaudhury S. Psychosocial correlates of human immunodeficiency virus infected patients. Ind Psychiatry J [serial online] 2012 [cited 2020 May 29 ];21:55-60
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