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Mental Health

There are many things you can do to help manage the emotional challenges that HIV can present.

Depression and anxiety are experienced more commonly by people with HIV, and often symptoms are not obvious.

Talking to a counsellor can help or there are organisations that offer courses to help you develop coping skills, including on-line courses.

Each time you see your doctor, try talking about how you are feeling. Your doctor can discuss support services and treatment options with you.

Your local AIDS council or PLHIV organisation can help you find the best support service for your situation.

A good social support network is also important.

Now that treatments are so effective, HIV-related dementia is rare among people who are on treatment.

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This page was published on 19 September, 2011

This page was reviewed on 23 December 2015