Objectives: The aim of the study was to explore factors that may influence mental health status of HIV-infected
patients, and to figure out a method that could effectively classify the patients by evaluating the severity of their mental
Methods: Eighty-five patients were recruited and divided into two groups: the low risk group (LRG, n = 38) and the high
risk group (HRG, n = 47). All patients finished Symptom Check-List 90 Revised (SCL-90-R) which is a multidimensional
questionnaire designed to screen for a broad range of psychological problems.
Results: SCL-90-R scores of HRG were significantly higher than those of the general population and did not differ from
those of psychosomatic outpatients. Scores of LRG were significantly lower than those of psychosomatic outpatients and
did not differ from those of the general population in most subscales. HIV-infected men having sex with men and
unemployed patients had much higher incidence of mental health problems.
Conclusion: Besides undistinguishable group psychotherapy, we call for a clinical screening by psychological
questionnaires at the first step, and then at-risk or high-risk patients should be given corresponding and individualized
treatments. More attention and health care should be given to HIV-infected men who have sex with men and unemployed
Keywords: Distinguishable therapy, men who have sex with men, mental health problems, symptom check-list 90 revised, HIV, HAART, HIV-infected patients, SCL-90-R, MSM, psychological.
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