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Frequency of Suicide Ideation and Attempt in HIV infected patients referred to behavioral health counseling center of Rafsanjan (RUMS) and Kerman University of medical sciences (KUMS) in 2012

Ahmadreza Sayadi Anari, Reza Bidaki, Hossein Soltani, Hossein Zolala, Razie Asadi, Zahiraddin Khajekarimaddini, Masoud Sabouri Ghannad, Mohammad Hossein Salehi Shahrbabaki, Mohammad Asadpour, Ali Shafee, Ali Riahy

Background: Suicidal behavior and HIV/AIDS are considered as significant public health concerns. HIV infection has been associated with elevated risk of suicidal ideation.

Methods and Materials: Cross-sectional and descriptive research design was used to record socio-demographic data of the study. The suicidal ideation scale BECK was used to determine and measure the frequency of suicide ideation and attempt in HIV infected (HIV+) persons referred to behavioral health counseling center of Rafsanjan University of medical sciences (RUMS) and Kerman University of medical sciences (KUMS) in 2012.

Results:   Men had more suicidal ideation than women after the diagnosis of infection with HIV. More cases of  HIV positive persons  with duration  of  less  than 10  and  more   than   14 years, and  most cases of less  than 40 years-old  had suicidal ideation. There was no significant difference between suicidal ideation in HIV-infected individuals and factors such as gender, age, and duration of HIV-infection (p >0.05).

Conclusion: Suicidal ideation and attempt is common in HIV infected patients which needs more assessment and prevention.

Suicidal ideation; Suicide attempt; HIV; Health centers; Frequency

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