Abstract
Background

Nigeria has the highest burden of paediatric HIV in the world. HIV infection may result in significant life stressors, on both the infected children and their caregivers.

Methods

This included a hospital-based cross-sectional and comparative study. Subjects and controls who met the inclusion criteria were enrolled consecutively. Their socio-demographic variables were obtained and GHQ-28 was used to assess their psychosocial status.

Results

A total of 154 caregivers of HIV-infected children (subjects) and 154 caregivers of HIV-negative children (controls) were enrolled into this study. In total, 42 (27.3%) and 112 (72.7%) of the subjects were males and females, respectively, compared with 37 (24.0%) and 117 (76.0%) of the controls, respectively. The prevalence of psychosocial disorders among the subjects and controls was 39 and 2.6%, respectively (p < 0.001; odds ratio: 23.936). The patterns of psychosocial disorders among the caregivers of HIV-infected children were somatic symptoms (85%), anxiety/insomnia (80%), social dysfunction (63.3%) and severe depression (48.3%).

Conclusion

There is a high prevalence of psychosocial disorders among caregivers of HIV-infected children.

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