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HIV and Mental Health

Summer 2006

In this issue, we examine the intersection of HIV disease and mental health problems. As a nurse who spent 15 years working in mental health and HIV/AIDS, understanding the mental health needs of persons living with HIV is of particular concern to me.

In her article, Dr. Judith Rabkin notes that depression is the most commonly reported psychiatric problem among people with HIV and that its incidence is higher among those living with HIV. Indeed, Dr. Stephen Karpiak notes that ACRIA's study of HIV in 1,000 NYC residents over 50 found that the number of people reporting symptoms of depression was 13 times higher than in the general population.

Recognizing that stigma is a major issue for those facing mental health problems, not to mention the stigma associated with being HIV positive, we also greatly appreciate those who have chosen to speak out and share their "Personal Perspectives" with our readers.

Daniel Tietz is Editor-in-Chief of ACRIA Update.

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This article was provided by AIDS Community Research Initiative of America. It is a part of the publication ACRIA Update. Visit ACRIA's website to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
 

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