Depression and drug use impact health status among marginally housed HIV-infected individuals

Elise D. Riley, Albert W. Wu, Sharon Perry, Richard A. Clark, Andrew R. Moss, Johanna Crane, David R. Bangsberg

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A representative sample of HIV-positive homeless and marginally housed individuals completed SF-36 health surveys and responses were analyzed for associations with sociodemographic, health, health care, and drug use variables. Among 330 respondents, 83% were male, 43% were African American, and the median age was 39 years. Negative associations were found between female gender and vitality as well as physical functioning; older age and physical functioning; drug use or drug treatment and role-emotional, social functioning, body pain, as well as vitality; health care utilization and depression with all scales. It appeared that depression and drug-related variables were associated with multiple dimensions of health status in this population. Interventions to treat depression and addiction may improve the health status of HIV-infected HMH.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)401-406
Number of pages6
JournalAIDS patient care and STDs
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 1 2003

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Infectious Diseases


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