June 19, 2012
A Queensland University of Technology researcher is asking HIV-positive men who have sex with men to participate in an anonymous online survey about how being diagnosed with the virus affects one's mental health. "If we can get an insight into what factors make these people psychologically resilient, we hope to use that to develop ways to help people cope when they receive the diagnosis," Lauren Stewart said in a statement. She noted that while some patients respond to the diagnosis with depression and withdrawal, others accept it more easily. A goal of the research is to find out how best to tell patients they are HIV-positive.
[PNU editor's note: For more information and to access the survey, visit www.qut.edu.au/about/news/news?news-id=46895.]