Depression & HIV: assessment and treatment

STEP Perspect. 1997 Winter;9(1):1-5.


AIDS: Although the advent of protease inhibitors has greatly extended the life expectancy of those living with HIV, they also have introduced the problems of emotionally dealing with a chronic illness. Depression appears to be the most common psychiatric disorder found among HIV-infected individuals. Preliminary evidence suggests that depressive symptoms may be associated with increased mortality. Treatment options are discussed, including psychotherapy and treatment with pharmaceuticals.

Publication types

  • Newspaper Article

MeSH terms

  • Antidepressive Agents / therapeutic use*
  • Combined Modality Therapy
  • Cytochrome P-450 Enzyme System / metabolism
  • Depressive Disorder / complications
  • Depressive Disorder / psychology*
  • Depressive Disorder / therapy
  • Drug Interactions
  • HIV Infections / complications
  • HIV Infections / drug therapy
  • HIV Infections / psychology*
  • HIV Protease Inhibitors / metabolism
  • Humans
  • Psychotherapy*
  • Risk Factors
  • Ritonavir / metabolism


  • Antidepressive Agents
  • HIV Protease Inhibitors
  • Cytochrome P-450 Enzyme System
  • Ritonavir