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Hiv And Mania

Here's a taste of what has to offer on this topic:
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

HIV Risk Behavior Among Patients With Co-occurring Bipolar and Substance Use Disorders: Associations With Mania and Drug Abuse

The researchers note that bipolar and substance use disorders often co-occur, and "both are associated with impulsivity, impaired judgment and risk-taking." In this study, the team set out to describe the rates of HIV sexual and drug risk behaviors... Read more »
Seattle Treatment Education Project

Marijuana Mania

It's Legal; Now What? For thousands of years , marijuana has been a recreational, ceremonial, or medicinal substance. Queen Victoria took it to ease her menstrual cramps. It's been used as a painkiller, sedative, anti-inflammatory, muscle... Read more »
U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration

A Clinical Guide to Supportive and Palliative Care for HIV/AIDS

Introduction There are significant direct consequences to the invasion of HIV into the nervous system that may present as neurological, neuropsychiatric, and/or psychiatric syndromes and disorders. In addition, as the immune system deteriorates,... Read more »
Ask the Experts


Does hiv cause mania/hypomania?...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
There are cases of new onset mania reported in people with HIV infection. In some cases the mania may be caused by medications, such as corticosteroids, which are used in the course of treating some complications of AIDS.I have also seen a case of... Read more »

3TC and Mania

Hi, I recently read a brochure from the Australian Federation of Aids Organisations (AFAO)that there is a link between the use of 3TC and mania. I am interested to know your thoughts on this. I have recently noticed (as have others) dramatic mood...
Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Response from Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Psychotherapist and Author
I have never before heard about or read about mood swings associated with 3TC. What's more I have been on this drug for over 4 years and have never experienced any mood swings. None of my patients have reported this side effect either. I am... Read more »


I am a 41 yr old male with HIV and toxoplasmosis. I recently had a severe single manic episode. Does this mean I only have a few years left to live?...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
No. Toxoplasmosis is a complication of AIDS that is associated with having an impaired immune system (low CD4 count). If you are properly treated for the toxoplasmosis, and you return to an effective HAART regimen, then there is no reason that you... Read more »

Early signs of mania

Dear Dr Howarth,I am a Bipolar mixed affective type and am noticing early signs of mania within myself. I am very compliant to my meds. I take Lamotrogine 75mg 3 times daily, Trazadone 400mg at night and 15mg Zoplicone. I was diagnosed HIV on the...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
Lamotrigine is very effective, but the blood level sometimes needs to be monitored to get the appropriate dose. Have your doctor arrange for a blood level. If the level is too low, then the dose needs to be increased. Alternativel, another... Read more »
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My gosh

Posted by PVS
I came to this board looking for feedback on my HIV fears and concerns. At that time, there were just the regulars like Gary, mc and CRneg. They were great folks who just gave me their 2 cents which made me feel a whole heck of a lot better. In... Read more »

question about testing and the CDC

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
I have seen and checked into the CDC information on HIV and the "window" period. If you read their booklets on HIV they tell you HIV could go undetected for years, but if you call the hotline they tell you symptoms and test reactions will show up... Read more »

26 years AIDS survior

Posted by AaronK, 3 Replies
I had AIDS for many years now and was the lucky one's to surive... the clinical studies.... long term side effects... and the worst isolation. I'm 26 years old and i was dianosed in 1988 when i was five years old. My parents didn't know why i had a... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies
This post is not by any way intented to scare those of you not sure about your HIV status. It is intended to inform you about the real risks of HIV. Joel Gallant, Rick Sowadsky, and the people over at The Body, no one simple fact, not all people... Read more »