Depression and Drug Use Impact Health Status Among Marginally Housed HIV-Infected Individuals

Riley, Elise D.; Wu, Albert W.; Perry, Sharon; Clark, Richard A.; Moss, Andrew R.; Crane, Johanna; Bangsberg, David R.
August 2003
AIDS Patient Care & STDs;Aug2003, Vol. 17 Issue 8, p401
Academic Journal
A representative sample of HIV-positive homeless and marginally housed individuals completed SF-36 health surveys and responses were analyzed for associations with sociodemographic, health, health care, and drug use variables. Among 330 respondents, 83% were male, 43% were African American, and the median age was 39 years. Negative associations were found between female gender and vitality as well as physical functioning; older age and physical functioning; drug use or drug treatment and role-emotional, social functioning, body pain, as well as vitality; health care utilization and depression with all scales. It appeared that depression and drug-related variables were associated with multiple dimensions of health status in this population. Interventions to treat depression and addiction may improve the health status of HIV-infected HMH.


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