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mental and emotional impact
May 25, 2001

How does a person with HIV/AIDS cope with the emotions associated with the disease?

Response from Dr. Dieterich

This is good one to answer, not necessarily on this forum, but a valid question nonetheless. The emotional impact of HIV is huge. It can be tempered nowadays by the knowledge that HIV is eminently treatable and that life expectancy of a newly infected patient with more than 200 CD4 cells is in the range of 30 years. Like many of life's crises it is important to share the burden with friends and family and hopefully get some support from them. There are also mental health professionals and many many AIDS service organizations that have support groups. You have to seek them out however. Good luck, we are all pulling for you! DTD

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