Stress Management and HIV
May 16, 2015
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Everyone deals with a certain amount of stress every day. But if you are a woman living with HIV (HIV+), stress can become overwhelming. Long periods of high stress can damage your immune system and cause physical and emotional illnesses. Research has shown that stress can speed up the progression of HIV.
In the US, recent studies have shown that HIV+ women are five times more likely to have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and two times more likely to have survived domestic violence than women in the general population who are not living with HIV. In addition, HIV+ women who experienced recent trauma were four times more likely not to adhere to their HIV drug regimens and to have higher viral loads than HIV+ women who did not experience trauma.
You will be able to manage stress better if you recognize the symptoms. Below is a list of common symptoms. It is important that you tell your health care provider if you experience any of these symptoms, since some may have causes other than stress (e.g., side effects of medications or HIV).
What are some of the things that can make you feel stressed?
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