Depression Among HIV-Positive Individuals in Botswana: A Behavioral Surveillance
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- Lawler, K., Mosepele, M., Seloilwe, E. et al. AIDS Behav (2011) 15: 204. doi:10.1007/s10461-009-9622-2
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This study examined incidence of depression in HIV-positive individuals in Botswana. One hundred and twenty HIV-positive individuals were administered a measure of daily activities and two measures of depression. Twenty four to 38% were diagnosed with depression, suicidal ideation ranged from 9 to 12%, with a positive correlation between scores on the two depression measures. Depression was associated with greater impairment in activities of daily living, especially the ability to take medication. These instruments can diagnose depression in persons living with HIV in developing countries, which will help to target those at risk for poor adherence, and will enable better allocation of limited resources.