According to research published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (AIDSMAP) HIV-positive gay and bisexual men are ten times as likely to suffer from anxiety disorders.

The research further revealed that gay and bisexual HIV-positive men are more likely to admitted to hospital as a result of mood and anxiety disorders. The research further found a correlation between substance abuse and mortality.

“Substance use was listed as the cause of death in 42 percent of deaths in the HIV-infected cohort previously hospitalized (for disorders),” note the authors. “This supports previous literature which has documented a high frequency of comorbid psychiatric and drug dependence disorders in HIV-infected and gay and bisexual men cohorts.”

Participants to the study originated from two cohorts or men living in Sydney, Australia. One consisted of 557 HIV-positive men while the other comprised 1882 HIV-negative men.


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