AIDS/HIV and Suicide

AIDS/HIV and Suicide

AIDS/HIV Infection, Comorbid Psychiatric Illness, and Risk for Subsequent Suicide: A Nationwide Register Linkage Study

Suicide risk is increased in individuals with AIDS/HIV infection particularly those with a recent diagnosis, more intensive and frequent hospital care, or comorbid psychiatric illness. The findings call for improvement of clinical capacities to address psychosocial and existential needs in the treatment of patients with AIDS/HIV infection.

Depression and HIV

Depression can lead people not stay engaged in their care, to miss appointments or doses of their medications. It can increase high-risk behaviors that transmit HIV infection to others. Overall, depression can make HIV disease progress faster. It also interferes with your ability to enjoy life. A study in 2012 showed that patients with depression, especially women, were more likely to stop receiving care and to not achieve undetectable viral load

International Association for Suicide Prevention (IASP)

Various articles about AIDS & Suicide.

People with HIV Suffer from Depression Caused by Shame, Trauma, Substance Abuse

HIV is still a jarring enough diagnosis to plunge a patient into depression. With a chronic condition like HIV, depression can fuel additional problems, such as failure to take life-saving antiretroviral medications.

Suicide Mortality Among People Accessing Highly Active Antiretroviral Therapy for HIV/AIDS in British Columbia: A Retrospective Analysis

Suicide rates have been reported at elevated levels among people living with HIV/AIDS. We sought to characterize longitudinal suicide rates among people living with HIV/AIDS who are accessing free highly active antiretroviral treatment (HAART) in British Columbia and evaluate the sociodemographic, clinical and behavioural factors associated with suicide in this population.