Rates of suicidal ideation among HIV-infected patients in care in the HIV Outpatient Study 2000–2017, USA

Publication date: Available online 3 February 2020Source: Preventive MedicineAuthor(s): Marcus D. Durham, Carl Armon, Jonathan D. Mahnken, Richard M. Novak, Frank Palella, Ellen Tedaldi, Kate Buchacz, the HOPS InvestigatorsAbstractBackgroundSuicidal ideation (SI) refers to an individual thinking about, considering or planning suicide. Identifying and characterizing persons with HIV (PWH) at greater risk for SI may lead to better suicide prevention strategies and quality of life improvement.MethodsUsing clinical data gathered from medical chart abstraction for HIV Outpatient Study (HOPS) participants from 2000 to 2017, we assessed SI frequency among PWH in care and explored factors associated with the presence of SI diagnoses using linear mixed models analyses of case-matched participants.ResultsAmong 6706 participants, 224 (3.3%) had a charted diagnosis of SI. Among those with SI, median age (interquartile range [IQR]) was 43.4 years [IQR: 38.7–50.3], median (IQR) CD4 count was 439 cells/mm3 (IQR: 237–686), 71.4% were male, 54% were men who have sex with men (MSM), 25.4% heterosexual, and 13.4% persons who inject drugs. In multivariable analysis, persons at increased risk for SI were more likely to be:
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