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Revista da Sociedade Brasileira de Medicina Tropical

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CARMO FILHO, Aureo do et al. Factors associated with a diagnosis of major depression among HIV-infected elderly patients. Rev. Soc. Bras. Med. Trop. [online]. 2013, vol.46, n.3, pp.352-354. ISSN 0037-8682.


Acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) is being increasingly reported among the elderly and major depression (MD) may be associated with suboptimal adherence to treatment.


Cross-sectional study on factors associated with MD among 72 HIV-infected elderly individuals.


Twenty (27.7%) patients were found to have MD. The female gender (odds ratio [OR] = 10.65; p = 0.00586), a low CD4 count during the study (OR = 1.005247; p = 0.01539), and current smoking status (OR = 12.89; p = 0.01693) were independently associated with MD.


Our data underscore the need to attentively search and treat MD among HIV-infected elderly patients.

Keywords : Aging; Elderly; HIV infection; Major depression.

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