15701 - HIV INFECTION AND INJECTION DRUG USE The Importance...

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Unformatted text preview: HIV INFECTION AND INJECTION DRUG USE: The Importance of Gender 1 Amy B. Wisniewski, Ph.D. 2 Adrian S. Dobs, M.D., MPH Departments of Pediatrics 1 and Medicine 2 OBJECTIVES • To determine the impact of gender on depression , quality of life (QOL) and cognition in HIV infected, injection drug using populations IMPORTANCE • By considering gender in the natural history of HIV and IDU, personalized treatments can be developed to optimize outcome BACKGROUND • Most studies that describe mental health and cognition in HIV/AIDS and IDU have focused solely on men • The National Academy of Sciences recommends that health research include men and women • Researchers should analyze their data for sex differences • Depression, poor QOL and cognitive impairment are known consequences of HIV/AIDS • Women, in general, report more depressive symptoms than men STUDY DESIGN Men and Women matched by • Age • Race • Education • SES • IDU Outcome Measures • Depression – CESD • QOL – MOS-HIV • Cognition – Verbal memory – Perceptual speed PARTICIPANTS...
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