Depression and HIV Disease in Injection Drug Users: A Spanish Language Feasibility Study

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A mood management intervention was developed and a pilot test performed to assess its feasibility and effect on mood, drug use, and high-risk behaviors related to human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in Spanish-speaking injection drug users. Ss were 35 Latino patients at a San Francisco methadone maintenance clinic, 11 of whom agreed to participate. From pretest and posttest interview data, difference scores were computed and analyzed between the participating and nonparticipating comparison groups. The study demonstrated the feasibility of short-term cognitive–behavioral interventions with this Spanish-speaking sample. The results suggested that the intervention moderated the depressive symptoms of the participants, including the HIV-positive patients. No significant changes were found in drug use and HIV-related high-risk behaviors.

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