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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 32  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 22-28

Clinico-epidemiological and socio-behavioral study of people living with HIV/AIDS


Institute of Cytology and Preventive Oncology (ICPO), Noida, New Delhi, India

Correspondence Address:
M A Khan
Division of Behavioral Oncology, Institute of Cytology and Preventive Oncology (ICMR), 1-7, Sector-39 Noida-201301
India
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Source of Support: NACO, Govt. of India, New Delhi, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/0253-7176.70523

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Although India is in the grip of HIV/AIDS epidemic, not much information is available on clinico-epidemiological and socio-behavioral aspects of people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA). This study analyzed these features using standard methodologies in 82 HIV sero-positives, AIDS patients attending ART clinic of three major government hospitals of Delhi. Majority of the patients (73%) were found to be young (<40 years) and married (79%). As high as 91.5% came from low socio-economic class and more than 95% acquired HIV transmission through heterosexual routes. A large proportion (63%) of these patients reported an extremely high level of anxiety, moderate level of stress and a borderline level of clinical depression. While most of the patients (72%) were well-adjusted with the ART, the rest of the patients reported difference in making adjustment with the treatment schedules. The study suggests that counseling and supportive therapy could play a pivotal role in controlling anxiety, stress, depression and rehabilitating people with HIV/AIDS.


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