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Thoughts of Death and Suicidal Ideation in Nonpsychiatric Human Immunodeficiency Virus Seropositive Individuals

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The present study examines the prevalence of death thoughts and suicidality in HIV infection. Subjects (n = 246) were examined for psychiatric morbidity and suicidality. Compared to high risk HIV seronegatives, HIV seropositives (HIV +) had significantly increased frequency and severity of both suicidal ideation and death thoughts. Two-thirds of seropositives had suicidal ideation at some point; half of the seropositives reported suicide plans and one quarter suicide attempts; and third of seropositives reported current suicidal ideation. Suicidal ideation did not increase with advancing disease. The high prevalence of suicidal ideation suggests inclusion of its assessment in HIV treatment regardless of stage.
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Affiliations: 1: AIDS Neurological Center, Departments of Neurology and Psychiatry, University North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA 2: AIDS Neurological Center, Department of Neurology, University North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA 3: AIDS Neurological Center, Department of Medicine, University North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA 4: AIDS Neurological Center, Departments of Neurology and Medicine, University North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA

Publication date: June 1, 2006

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