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Summary

  • People with HIV are at some risk of experiencing a range of emotional and mental health problems, including distress, unhappiness, anxiety and depression.
  • There are things you can do to look after your emotional and mental health.
  • Help is available if you are having emotional or mental health problems.
  • Treatment and support services are available if you suffer from mental health problems.
  • Some anti-HIV drugs can have side-effects which include mental health problems. These may be temporary and can be dealt with.
  • HIV can cause dementia and other conditions, but these problems are now very rare with effective HIV treatment.

HIV, mental health & emotional wellbeing

Published December 2014

Last reviewed December 2014

Next review December 2017

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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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This content was checked for accuracy at the time it was written. It may have been superseded by more recent developments. NAM recommends checking whether this is the most current information when making decisions that may affect your health.

NAM’s information is intended to support, rather than replace, consultation with a healthcare professional. Talk to your doctor or another member of your healthcare team for advice tailored to your situation.