HIV can be a challenging condition with which to live, and beyond the management of its physiological symptoms often also requires psychological care and support. A patient’s emotional well-being is important to their ability to self-manage their HIV – and that is crucial to their long-term well-being and health. In addition to the self-help and informal support which are part of the fabric of our service, then, we also offer specialist emotional support.
We screen patients for psychological issues and cognitive impairment annually, and maintain a close relationship with each and every patient, providing support for them to call on whenever they require. In particular, we encourage patients to look out for the ‘triggers’ for psychological distress, including commencing ARVs therapy, adherence problems, returning to clinical care or transferring centres, but also personal issues such as relationship break-ups, bereavement, or the experience of stigma.
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