Mental illness rates high among hard-to-reach people with HIV/AIDS in B.C.: Study (BC CfE - Dr. Robert Hogg)

Addressing the underlying mental health issues of harder-to-reach people with HIV/AIDS is important for treatment, a British Columbia researcher says.

The B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS (BC-CfE) studied 916 participants in its drug treatment program from 2007 to 2010 and found that more than half (54 per cent) reported having a mental health disorder at some point in their lives.

The rate of mental illness among people with HIV is two to 10 times higher that the general population’s, according to previous research.

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