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Mental health and HIV

May 4, 2006

I have a few questions about HIV. First of all, can it affect your mental health? Also, if someone has HIV and they are being treated is it enevitable that they are going to develop AIDS and eventually die from it?

Response from Dr. Horwath

1.) Yes, HIV can affect your mental health. People with advanced HIV infection or AIDS are at risk to develop cognitive imapirment (problems with memory and thinking), depression and anxiety.

2.) No, it is not inevitable that HIV develop into AIDS with today's treatments. An effective HAART regimen can help to prevent many of the complications of HIV infection, such as opportunistic infections. We know that HAART prolongs and improves the lives of people with HIV infection.

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