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Year : 2017  |  Volume : 14  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 32-34

Mental health issues in HIV/AIDS

Assistant Professor, PSG College of Nursing, Peelamedu, Coimbatore – 641 004, India

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Jyothi S Sunandha
Assistant Professor, PSG College of Nursing, Peelamedu, Coimbatore – 641 004
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2231-1505.262420

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Mental health and behavioral disorders such as depression, cognitive disorders, personality disorders, and co-occurring conditions such as substance-related disorders are often overlooked in HIV/AIDS. These disorders can have a profound effect on adherence, clinic attendance, and quality of life, which can influence the progression of HIV/AIDS. Given the potential impact of mental health problems on the overall care and support of PLHIV, it is important for a mental health nurse to be aware of the different mental health needs at varying points in the continuum of care, and to design interventions and support services to address those needs. A mental health issue that may impact initiation and management of HIV in the continuum of care is discussed in this article.

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