The Body: The Complete HIV/AIDS Resource
Follow Us Follow Us on Facebook Follow Us on Twitter Download Our App 
Professionals >> Visit The Body PROThe Body en Espanol
Ask the Experts About

Mental Health and HIVMental Health and HIV
Rollover images to visit our other forums!
Recent AnswersAsk a Question
  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

Hiv symptoms and mood swings

Aug 3, 2017

Hi.. I'm just wondering if an undiagnosed hiv infection may be causing one's mood swings towards their partner. The person with mood swings believes its some witchcraft attack... but i suspect hiv infection. However they 're not keen on getting tested yet. Thanks

Response from Dr. Fawcett

Thanks for writing. HIV can impact mood, but usually at a more advanced point. Anxiety and depression are common in people living with HIV, both because of some physiological factors that are not totally understood, and (probably mostly) from the psychosocial stressors of living with HIV.

I think it's very possible that mood swings toward you may indicate that the other person has lots on their mind, for example, they may alo have a feeling that they have been exposed to HIV, or have other behaviors or experiences that they are not sharing with you. That stress is more likely to cause mood swings than a possible HIV infection.

I would recommend working on communication and, of course, ultimately getting tested. That is the only definitive way to know and the sooner the better if they are indeed HIV positive.



HIV Positive Husband and wife
The proper answer

  • Email Email
  • Glossary Glossary

 Get Email Notifications When This Forum Updates or Subscribe With RSS



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 nor any advertiser is the publisher or speaker of posted visitors' questions or the experts' material.

Review our complete terms of use and copyright notice.

Powered by ExpertViewpoint