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Indian J Psychol Med. 2010 Jan;32(1):22-8. doi: 10.4103/0253-7176.70523.

Clinico-epidemiological and Socio-behavioral Study of People Living with HIV/AIDS.

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Institute of Cytology and Preventive Oncology (ICPO), Noida, New Delhi, India.

Abstract

Although India is in the grip of HIV/AIDS epidemic, not much information is available on clinico-epidemiological and socio-behavioral aspects of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). This study analyzed these features using standard methodologies in 82 HIV sero-positives, AIDS patients attending ART clinic of three major government hospitals of Delhi. Majority of the patients (73%) were found to be young (<40 years) and married (79%). As high as 91.5% came from low socio-economic class and more than 95% acquired HIV transmission through heterosexual routes. A large proportion (63%) of these patients reported an extremely high level of anxiety, moderate level of stress and a borderline level of clinical depression. While most of the patients (72%) were well-adjusted with the ART, the rest of the patients reported difference in making adjustment with the treatment schedules. The study suggests that counseling and supportive therapy could play a pivotal role in controlling anxiety, stress, depression and rehabilitating people with HIV/AIDS.

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Antiretroviral treatment; commercial sex workers; counseling; people living with HIV/AIDS; willingness to participate

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