Journal article

Association of Depression, Anxiety, and Suicidal Ideation With High-Risk Behaviors Among Men Who Inject Drugs in Delhi, India

Gregory Armstrong, Anthony F Jorm, Luke Samson, Lynette Joubert, Amenla Nuken, Shalini Singh, Michelle Kermode

JAIDS-JOURNAL OF ACQUIRED IMMUNE DEFICIENCY SYNDROMES | LIPPINCOTT WILLIAMS & WILKINS | Published : 2013

Abstract

BACKGROUND: Sharing of needles and syringes and unprotected sex remain a common practice among people who inject drugs (PWID) in India and are important drivers of new HIV infections. Whether engagement in risk behaviors among PWID is associated with symptoms of common mental disorders in India is unknown. METHODS: We analyzed the data collected in April and May of 2012 from a community-based sample of 420 PWID in Delhi using time location sampling. Self-report symptom scales were used to measure the severity of symptoms of depression (Patient Health Questionnaire 9) and anxiety (Generalized Anxiety Disorder scale 2) within the preceding 2 weeks. We assessed the presence of suicidal thoughts..

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