alexa The psychosocial impact of HIV infection in gay men. A controlled investigation and factors associated with psychiatric morbidity.


Virology & Mycology

Author(s): Catalan J, Klimes I, Day A, Garrod A, Bond A,

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Abstract This study aimed to establish the prevalence of psychosocial problems in gay men with HIV infection, and to identify factors associated with psychological morbidity. The study was a cross-sectional controlled investigation, which included 24 HIV seropositive and 25 seronegative gay men. Outcome measures included current psychological status and psychiatric history; coping and health beliefs; and social and sexual functioning. Seropositive subjects had worse scores on the PSE total score, and greater sexual difficulties. There were also differences in health beliefs and coping. Psychological morbidity was associated with hopelessness, previous psychiatric illness, symptomatic HIV disease, and low self-esteem.
This article was published in Br J Psychiatry and referenced in Virology & Mycology

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