Academic journal article South African Journal of Psychiatry

HIV/AIDS and Depression in Africa

Academic journal article South African Journal of Psychiatry

HIV/AIDS and Depression in Africa

Article excerpt

Depression is the most common mental health problem for people living with HIV/AIDS in Africa, according to a new report 'HIV/ AIDS and depression in Africa' from the World Federation for Mental Health (WFMH) Africa Initiative.

From multiple studies in different countries high levels of depression among people living with HIV have been found. For example, in a study in Kwalombota, Zambia, 85% of HIV-positive pregnant women had major depression and suicidal thoughts, and in a clinic run by The AIDS Support Organisation (TASO) in Mulago Hospital in Kampala, Uganda, 54.3% of attendees were judged as meeting the criteria of major depression.

In Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town, 38.1% of black and coloured female HIV-positive outpatients met the diagnostic criteria for depression.

The report, which was released on World AIDS Day (1 Dec.) 2009, continues that only a fraction of those with HIV/AIDS receive mental health care, and it urges that in the light of the mutually reinforcing relationship between HIV/AIDS and mental illnesses, mental health should be integrated into all HIV/AIDS interventions in African countries. …

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