Year: 1991 Source: General Hospital Psychiatry, v.13, no.1, (January 1991), p.4-8 SIEC No: 19910467

In a sample of 55 HIV-seropositive pregnant patients, a history of drug abuse was significantly associated with increased psychopathology, particularly depression & personality disorders. Psychiatric disorders preceded the HIV diagnosis in most of the patients. Intravenous drug abuse was also associated with increased prostitution, incarceration, & previous suicide attempts. Psychiatric findings were influenced much less by the HIV diagnosis & much more by the presence or absence of drug abuse.