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HIV Outcomes Could Improve by Integrating Treatment of Comorbid Mental Illness

May 23, 2013

Although individuals with HIV are living longer due to antiretroviral drug therapy (ART), many of them also suffer from psychological disorders such as depression, neurocognitive disorders, and substance use disorders. An international team from the United States, Haiti, Uganda, and Tanzania recently released the first of a five-part policy report on improving HIV patient outcomes by integrating treatment for HIV and comorbid mental illness. According to the authors, some mechanisms link HIV with mental illness. These include social conditions under which patients live, fears about employment and housing, food security, and social stigma. Also, HIV can affect the central nervous system, causing long-term cognitive problems that ART may not help and place the patient at additional risk of contracting other infections.

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