HIV-related symptoms and psychological functioning in a cohort of homosexual man

D. G. Ostrow, A. Monjan, Jill G Joseph, M. VanRaden, R. Fox, L. Kingsley, J. Dudley, J. Phair

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Abstract

The authors administered the Center for Epidemiological Studies Depression (CES-D) Scale to 4,954 homosexual men in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study. HIV antibody status at enrollment was a less important predictor of psychological distress than were reported physical symptoms. Multivariate analysis showed an association between a high score on each CES-D Scale component and the number of self-reported possible AIDS- or HIV-related symptoms, perceived lymphadenopathy, and absence of 'someone to talk to about serious problems.' This relationship between self-reported physical symptoms and psychological distress suggests a possible etiologic relationship between perceived AIDS risk and psychological symptoms in men at risk of AIDS.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)737-742
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Psychiatry
Volume146
Issue number6
StatePublished - 1989
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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