n CME : Your SA Journal of CPD - HIV and mental health : main article

Volume 24, Issue 8
  • ISSN : 0256-2170



HIV- and AIDS-related psychiatric disorders are common and a full range of clinical presentations are possible. <BR>Medical co-morbidity is very high and both medical illness and its treatment may be implicated in any psychiatric presentation <BR>Patients with AIDS are susceptible to side-effects of psychotropic medication - prescribing by 'starting low and going slow' is best. <BR>AIDS psychosis and mania and HAD are AIDS-defining illnesses and require antiretroviral treatment. <BR>The treatment of mental illnesses in HIV-positive people is important to enhance quality of life and maximise adherence.

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