HIV medication and depression


Key take-home messages

The Ontario HIV and Substance Use Training Program offers workshops across Ontario for counselors working in the field. In the past these workshops have advised counselors to consider that someone with HIV may be experiencing depression as a side effect of their HIV medications, not just the HIV diagnosis. In order to ensure the accuracy of the information provided, the program requested a review of the research literature to determine whether HIV anti-retroviral medications result in depression for people living with HIV or AIDS.


The Ontario HIV Treatment Network: Rapid Response Service




  • Population(s)
    • General HIV+ population
  • Engagement and Care Cascade
    • Treatment
  • Mental Health
    • Depression


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