Depression and fatigue in chronic hepatitis c patients with and without HIV co-infection
Depressive Disorder, Major
Hepatitis C, Chronic
Our study confirms high prevalence of fatigue and depression in CHC. HIV-positivity was associated with lower rates of MDD and clinically significant fatigue, arguably due to support systems for people living with HIV. Higher rates of depression in methadone users might be due to intrinsically higher rates of psychopathology in this group. Being on hepatitis treatment was associated with higher rates of fatigue, probably due to the adverse effects of interferon. Our findings emphasize the importance of routine screening and evaluation of depression and fatigue in CHC populations.