Bipolar disorder and HIV/sexual appetite response
Feb 11, 2007
This is more of a response, but I have to say it. I was diagnosed as being bipolar 7 years ago, but probably have been for about 10. My question/response is about the woman who asked you about her daughter with HIV and bipolar and she was wondering if the bipolar disorder was a symptom of the HIV. I'm sure you know this already, but during mania, sexual addictions are common in bipolar people. Is it possible the daughter was bipolar 11 years ago and has HIV as a result of her being bipolar, most likely during a manic episode? I've always been told that Bipolar disorder is a genetic disorder. I just had never heard that you could become bipolar because of another disease. Thank you.
Response from Dr. Horwath
Bipolar disorder can be a result of more than one cause. It's true that genetic causes contribute to bipolar disorder, but other factors can contribute as well. We know that HIV can cause the onset of manic episodes in people who haven't had them previously.
However, your point is well taken. We know that when someone is in a manic episode, it can increase their impulsivity and impair their judgment, leading to risky sexual behavior. So it can work both ways. Bipolar disorder can increase the rsik for HIV infection. And HIV can increase the risk for manic episodes.
Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS
- What Percentage Of People Have Hpv?
- What Are The Chances Of Transmitting Chlamydia After One Time?
- What Are The Chances Of Getting Herpes With A Condom On?
- What Are The Chances Of Getting Herpes When No Outbreaks?
- Time Between Tingling And A Break Out With Herpes
- What Is The Best Way To Keep Bacterial Vaginosis Away?
This forum is designed for educational purposes only, and experts are not rendering medical, mental health, legal or other professional advice or services. If you have or suspect you may have a medical, mental health, legal or other problem that requires advice, consult your own caregiver, attorney or other qualified professional.
Experts appearing on this page are independent and are solely responsible for editing and fact-checking their material. Neither TheBody.com nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.