AIDS and Behavior

, Volume 22, Supplement 1, pp 76–84 | Cite as

Symptoms of Depression in People Living with HIV in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam: Prevalence and Associated Factors

  • Truc Thanh ThaiEmail author
  • Mairwen K. Jones
  • Lynne M. Harris
  • Robert C. Heard
  • Nancy K. Hills
  • Christina P. Lindan
Original Paper


This cross-sectional study investigated the prevalence and correlates of symptoms of depression among 400 people living with HIV/AIDS (PLHIV) from two HIV clinics in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. Based on the Center for Epidemiologic Studies—Depression scale, 36.5% of participants were classified as likely to be clinically depressed. Factors independently associated with symptoms of depression included self-report of poor or fair health (aOR 2.16, 95% CI 1.33–3.51), having a low body mass index (aOR 1.85, 95% CI 1.13–3.04), reporting recent problems with family (aOR 1.97, 95% CI 1.21–3.19), feeling shame about being HIV-infected (aOR 1.90, 95% CI 1.20–3.00), and reporting conflict with a partner (aOR 2.21, 95% CI 1.14–4.26). Participants who lived with family (aOR 0.48, 95% CI 0.25–0.90) or who received emotional support from their families or supportive HIV networks (aOR 0.45, 95% CI 0.25–0.80) were less likely to experience symptoms of depression. Screening for and treatment of depression among Vietnamese PLHIV are needed.


CES-D Depression HIV/AIDS Outpatient Vietnam 



The authors would like to thank the people living with HIV who participated in this study, as well as the individuals and institutions that made this research possible: Dr Tran Thinh, Dr Nguyen Hoang Tam, Dr Van Hung from Ho Chi Minh city Provincial AIDS Committee; Dr Bui Thi Thu Phuong and Dr Pham Thanh Hieu from the HIV outpatient clinics; Associate Professor Do Van Dung, Mr Tran Nhat Quang, Mr Hua Thanh Liem, Ms Van Thi Thuy Duong, Ms Kim Xuan Loan from the Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy; Ms Bui Thi Hy Han from the Ho Chi Minh City Institute of Public Health; and Drs. John Nguyen and Jeffrey Mandel from the University of California, San Francisco.


This work was supported by The Representative Office of Abbott Laboratories S.A. in Vietnam in collaboration with Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine and Pharmacy HAND AWARENESS program. No Abbott products were used or were recommended to be used during the study and no trademark of Abbott appeared in the study. Travel for field work was funded by the Australia Award Scholarship. Protocol development and manuscript writing was supported by CDC-PEPFAR Vietnam, the University of California, San Francisco’s International Traineeships in AIDS Prevention Studies (ITAPS) program (U.S. NIMH, R25MH064712), and the Starr Foundation.

Compliance with Ethical Standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflict of interest.

Ethics Approval

All procedures performed in studies involving human participants were in accordance with the ethical standards of the Human Ethics Committee at Ho Chi Minh City Provincial AIDS Committee, Vietnam (Approval number: IRB-03-2013, dated 17/10/2013) and the University of Sydney, Australia (Approval number: 2013/859, dated 15/11/2013) and with the 1964 Helsinki declaration and its later amendments or comparable ethical standards.

Informed Consent

Informed consent was obtained from all individual participants included in the study.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Truc Thanh Thai
    • 1
    • 2
    Email author
  • Mairwen K. Jones
    • 2
  • Lynne M. Harris
    • 3
  • Robert C. Heard
    • 2
  • Nancy K. Hills
    • 4
  • Christina P. Lindan
    • 4
  1. 1.Faculty of Public HealthHo Chi Minh City University of Medicine and PharmacyHo Chi Minh CityVietnam
  2. 2.Faculty of Health SciencesUniversity of SydneySydneyAustralia
  3. 3.Discipline of Psychological SciencesAustralian College of Applied PsychologySydneyAustralia
  4. 4.Global Health Sciences and Department of Epidemiology and BiostatisticsUniversity of California, San FranciscoSan FranciscoUSA

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