New research by Positively UK, presented in their States of Mind Report, shows that three quarters of all HIV positive people experience mental health issues.
For more about this, see:
Mental Health Today
Mental health can impact on treatment, as people can miss doses of their meds as a result of depression and other mental health issues.
The report highlights the need for mental health support for people living with HIV. However, mental health services are shrinking due to budgetary constraints.
This report may not be telling us anything we don't already know. But as people of African heritage are already over-represented within mental health service users, and HIV is still spreading rapidly in areas where there are large numbers of African people, such as inner-city London, this is something we need to be very concerned about.
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