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Viral loads and mental health issues
Apr 2, 2010

I recently had an intake with a psychiatrist who claimed that a high viral load count can cause mental health issues. I mentioned this to my regular dr. and he was not aware of this. Was I being fed a line by the psych so she could just write me more prescriptions or is this a fact? Also, if this is true, why wouldn't my regular dr. know of this.

Response from Dr. Young

Hello and thanks for your post.

I'm not aware of any data that links high HIV viral loads with psychiatric problems. That's not to say that having HIV won't add significant stress, or add to the mental health stress of someone who already had psychiatric illness.

I hope this helps. BY



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