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04.07.2016 | Original Paper | Ausgabe 1/2017

AIDS and Behavior 1/2017

Relationship of Stigma and Depression Among Newly HIV-Diagnosed Chinese Men Who Have Sex with Men

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AIDS and Behavior > Ausgabe 1/2017
Autoren:
Jun Tao, Lijuan Wang, Aaron M. Kipp, Han-Zhu Qian, Lu Yin, Yuhua Ruan, Yiming Shao, Hongyan Lu, Sten H. Vermund
Wichtige Hinweise
Jun Tao and Lijuan Wang have contributed equally to this work.

Abstract

Little is known about the relationship between HIV stigma and depression among newly diagnosed HIV-infected men who have sex with men (MSM). We measured HIV-related stigma and current depression using standard scales among 367 Chinese MSM who had been diagnosed very recently with HIV infection, analyzing key associations with multivariable ordinal logistic regression. Current depression prevalence was 36 %. Median scores for felt, vicarious, and internalized stigma were 17, 2, and 5, respectively, each on a 0–30 scale. A one-point increase in the total stigma score was associated with a 4 % increase in the odds of current depression [adjusted odds ratio (aOR) = 1.04, 95 % confidence interval (CI) 1.03–1.05]. Internalized stigma had the strongest association with depression (aOR = 1.09, 95 % CI 1.07–1.12). Effective interventions to address coping with HIV-related stigma immediately following HIV-diagnosis might help reduce depression, improve long-term mental health, and improve engagement in their care.

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