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Best AIDS-Related Movies To Watch While You’re Quarantined

 

 

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The recent upsurge of Novel Coronavirus has induced so much fear and anxiety among people living with AIDS. They are among those who belong to the group with existing illnesses that are most vulnerable to infection, particularly to this devastating virus surrounding the whole world today. They are strongly advised to stay at home – no matter how young or old they are – to stay healthy and safe.

With all the negative emotions going on in their hearts and minds right now, it is only right that we offer them this article dedicated solely to them – the best inspirational AIDS-related movies that will keep their hopes up while they’re quarantined at home.

Angels In America

A lot of the early films about AIDS did not usually put so much art in them. They were raw and bravely done to portray the real stories of the failure of the government and humanity as well. This was one of those films produced in 2003. An Emmy Award miniseries category winner, Angels in America, successfully depicted the AIDS epidemic with powerful scenes, adding historical characters and an inspiring script that has captured so much positive audience response, even from those who knew very little about the disease.

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How To Survive A Plague

This extensive documentary film was nominated and praised worldwide when it was released in 2012. It provided a clear explanation and portrayal of AIDS during those times that people claimed it was the film to beat because others were not successful in their attempts to clarify the misconceptions that people had about the disease. In addition, because of this documentary, filmmakers in the United States decided to form groups such as the AIDS Activist Movement and the ACT UP, which encouraged people with AIDS to stand up and show the world what they can do despite their illness. This is a must-see.

Philadelphia

This film, which stars the talented and reputable Tom Hanks, is probably in everyone’s top ten inspiring movies of all time. It practically changed the way AIDS was pictured – with rage, fear, judgment, and insensitivity. This is one of Hanks’ most powerful portrayals, and it impacted the world in 1994, as it was obvious with how it made in the movie industry – a whopping $200 plus two Academy awards. The stigma that was shown in the movie hit some strings among the majority of people who knew in their hearts that they were guilty of discriminating AIDS victims from society. Denzel Washington explaining to his wife about homophobia in the movie, also made such an impact. Philadelphia is heart-wrenching and inspiring in so many ways.

An Early Frost

This is a television movie that was broadcasted in 1985 by NBC. It became so popular because it was the first film to expose the AIDS crisis in the United States. An Early Frost revolves around a young lawyer who was diagnosed with AIDS and decided to tell his parents about it. At the time when prejudice and stigma were extreme in America, its television audience reached more than 30 million. It successfully encouraged more public awareness of AIDS and HIV with its thoughtful and dramatic portrayals.

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The Normal Heart

This HBO produced movie is an excellent complement to the 2012 movie How to Survive a Plague in its thorough exposure of the AIDS crisis and the creation of activist groups. The Normal Heart is based on the play that was created by Larry Kramer, the ACT UP founder. The movie relived the rage and the urgency that hit the strings of the audience on stage. The conversations felt as if they were done by an individual who completely understood and carried with him the burden of the AIDS crisis during the 80s. When you’re done watching this, you might as well follow it up with Larry Kramer in Love and Anger.

 

 

How Chatbots Help Increase HIV Awareness

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The much-anticipated 2019 HIV Care Summit finally came with a successful beginning and end to it. The collaboration of Aidsfonds and UNAIDS Indonesia resulted in an exchange of valuable information about artificial intelligence and utilizing it to help more people who are diagnosed with AIDS to be encouraged to seek help online. AIDS being a global problem, is something that almost every country in the world finds challenging to face, and the organizers of the summit brought together brilliant minds to discuss current and updated measures to improve mental treatments for HIV and STIs. Among what was considered was the use of chatbots or automated chat services.

Chatbots And HIV

Today, successful technology companies are modifying the way they look into and interact with health news and information through the use of chatbots. What are chatbots? These are messaging devices that operate by text or voice and are created to act like a real human capable of conversing or interacting. When you are talking to one, it will feel like you are interacting with a real person.

Bots have acquired their current momentum by utilizing messaging platforms, even beating the existing social network use. Another means is the development of artificial intelligence natural language processing, and machine learning, which are the foundation of efficient chatbot interactions. All these allow bots to increase human conversations. The use of Facebook Messenger and other third-part applications have also made it easier and more affordable for people to create and test chatbots.

There is a significant potential for using chatbots for HIV awareness. Some of these examples are:

  • Assisting patients for clinic appointments and schedules
  • Helping users look for details about a website or page more easily
  • Improving current mobile apps by providing customer service

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Chatbots have been making a tremendous positive impact on health care, and this includes applications that assist in providing quick diagnoses, finding better health care solutions, and increasing awareness of various issues, including HIV.

 

 

Dietary Tips For HIV/AIDS Patients

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Having HIV/AIDS entails that there is now a virus in your system that will practically never go away. Your body will be battling it every day, even though there is no chance of winning against the disease. Still, you should stop eating fast foods and make healthy dishes to boost your immune system to give HIV/AIDS a great fight.

Not knowing what to cook and not having the time to prepare are very lame excuses for eating unhealthy stuff. If you have time to get your hair and nails done in the salon, if you have time to go to a bar with your friends after a day of work, then you surely can find the time to prepare healthy meals for yourself. As for what you can cook, you can go to any search engine to look for recipes. 

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Of course, salads should always be a part of your day, and you can change it up by adding fruits and vegetables so that your palate will always have a new taste to experience. Salads are great because they give you energy while helping you stay fit. Lots of doctors suggest having this food every day. You can also bake, steam, or grill your vegetables and some white meat. 

How To Embrace Healthy Eating 

The reason why a lot of people do not eat healthy stuff is that they become overwhelmed by the common belief that anything healthy tastes bland. The truth is, they can be as tasty as regular foods. If you are a fan of steak, bacon, and other meat products, you can always add them to your vegetarian dish, but only have them grilled. If you want eggs, only add egg whites. If you want chicken, boil or bake it. You cannot have white rice, white bread, or any forms of sweets all the time because they increase your carb content, but you can have brown rice, whole wheat bread, and brown sugar. Remember that you do not have to limit yourself with dull food; there is a healthy alternative for everything you eat.

Dietary Tips 

  • Choose ingredients that are free from fats, cholesterol, and sugar.
  • Do not use a lot of oil.
  • If you wish to fry something, use olive oil.
  • Always cook white meat instead of red meat.
  • Some dairy products like butter and cheese can make you fat.
  • Hotdogs and other processed foods are not suitable for your diet.
  • Say no to junk foods.
  • Stir-fry or grill your vegetables instead of frying them.

 

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Final Thoughts

The things mentioned above are just some of the basic ideas that you should know. There are many more, and you need to search for them on the internet. You also have to find the time to learn how to cook meals in a less fattening and healthier way. Just a rule of thumb, for your dish to be considered healthy, there should be more vegetarian items there than non-vegetarian ones. Always have fresh fruits and vegetables in your fridge, eat them whenever you get hungry, and you will be surprised by the difference that it will make on your weight and overall well-being after several weeks. 

Clinical Depression Increases Death Risk Of HIV-Infected Patients According To Psychologists

A study by psychologists emphasized the high depression rate among individuals living with HIV. According to them, 60 out of every 100 patients have clinical depression. Yes, sadness and grief are normal emotions whenever people find out that they have HIV. However, morphing this into a full-blown clinical depression is a serious story. It has turned into an epidemic that’s rapidly growing across genders and races. The illness affects the quality of life of the afflicted, and their whole world crashes and burns.

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Causes Of Clinical Depression In HIV Patients

There are various reasons why patients experience clinical depression. Contrary to popular belief, HIV infection does not necessarily translate to depression mainly because there are several “crisis points,” which a person with HIV can enter.

Some of these crisis points start with the initial HIV testing and diagnosis. Even if patients have not confirmed yet whether they are positive or not, they get paranoid and anxious. Some also do not pursue their testing because of the emotional crisis they are experiencing. Once these people know that they are HIV-infected, it adds to the burden they are carrying.

“It is important for practitioners treating HIV-infected individuals to be aware of the high likelihood of co-morbid mental health conditions, have a basic understanding of the diagnosis and treatment of these conditions, and be prepared to partner with mental health professionals in the treatment of affected individuals,” writes David J. Moore, PhD, and Carolina Posada, BA.

Another common crisis point is when these people are deciding whether to share this sensitive information to their family and friends. Keeping this information is another stress trigger for them. They feel that disclosing that they are HIV-positive will not only lead to disgust and judgment from other people but will also be a reason for their loved ones to abandon them.

“Rejected LGB youth were 8.4 times more likely to have tried to commit suicide, 5.9 times more likely to report high levels of depression, 3.4 times more likely to use illegal drugs, and 3.4 times more likely to have risky sex,” writes Perry N. Halkitis, PhD, MS.

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Other patients also feel more unstable whenever it is time for them to return to their regular lives. After finding out this big news, it is harder for them to make their way back to their routine – waking up in the morning, having breakfast, driving to work, having lunch with workmates, and driving by the road late at night. They feel more stressed out, knowing that it will never be the same for them after finding out their disorder.

“These studies showed that people with HIV preferred to hide their HIV identity as they thought that it impeded their progress towards returning to a ‘normal’ life,” Esther C. L. Goh, PhD, finds.

Lastly, they get pressured whenever they are in the medical setting. Some crisis points in this environment include the introduction of new medication, presence of physical illness, recognition of depression symptoms, and hospitalization. The higher the exposure to these kinds of things, the higher the chance that they spiral into depression.

Symptoms

If you have been tested positive of HIV, make sure to go for medical visits regularly. Doing this is the best way to control the infection. Outside these physical examinations and treatments, you should also ask your doctor to conduct a mental health assessment. Make sure to choose a clinician who is comfortable with you as sometimes they hold back information so that they will not insult a patient.

Your doctors are not the only ones responsible for tracking your symptoms. You should also know the signs which can translate to depression.

  • Suicidal thoughts
  • Feeling of self-guilt
  • Unable to sleep well
  • Problems in sustaining attention and concentration
  • Loss of pleasure and interest
  • Substance abuse
  • Disturbance in psychomotor
  • Pessimistic attitude
  • Challenging behavior in the medical setting
  • Persistent agitation
  • Constant changes in fatigue and energy level
  • Lower sex drive
  • Feeling sluggish all day
  • Inability to make decisions related to HIV infection treatments

Higher Death Risk

According to experts, HIV is not the only reason why these people die. Clinical depression also has a significant role in why there is a higher death risk among them. A study by the HIV Medicine tested the link between HIV, clinical depression, and mortality.

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“Our findings reinforce the need to assess and treat depressive symptoms and major depressive disorder in patients with and without HIV infection to potentially reduce mortality risk,” shares co-author Kaku So-Armah, Ph.D., a Medicine assistant professor at Boston University School of Medicine.

The data came from the study of 129,140 veterans in 13 years – from 2003 to 2015. According to the survey, among these veterans, 30 percent of them were affected by HIV. Out of these 30 percent, more than half receive a diagnosis of depression. From here, the researchers found out that there is a 23 percent increased risk of death for those who are HIV-positive as associated with their depressive symptoms.

Treatment

There are several ways to treat depression, even if you have HIV. For one, you have to attend your medical checkups. Make sure not to stop taking both your depression and HIV medications unless your doctors tell you too. There are also different types of therapies you can go to, such as traditional counseling, stress management, acupuncture, and massage.

Raising Awareness At The 2016 Los Angeles HIV/aids Surveillance Program

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The 2016 Los Angeles HIV/aids Surveillance Program successfully achieved its goal to raise more awareness about HIV/aids and the possibility of treatment. In the program, one of the speakers mentioned that in 2014, almost 50% of the one million Americans who were diagnosed with HIV experienced viral suppression, meaning that their virus was effectively managed. This is one of the primary goals of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention because viral suppression greatly improves the lives of HIV patients and dramatically decreases their risk of contaminating others of their infection.

The speakers also emphasized the importance of campaigning and organizing events to empower Americans and people across the globe who are infected with HIV/aids to live hopefully and learn to open up in order to help others as well. Some activities that are simple yet effective include:

The Use Of Social Media. Using Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram are powerful ways of promoting awareness about many things. One can either create content and involve other netizens by providing a survey for them to answers. He may also want to include links in his post on topics about HIV/Aids. “The use of social media websites as research tools can bring new insight and possibly enhance understanding of how health-related communities meet different needs,” Samy A. Azer, MD, PhD, says.

Engaging The Community. If you’re a community leader, you can effectively help the young and old to know more about how to avoid HIV and other sexually transmitted diseases by holding symposiums and inviting speakers to talk about the importance of taking care of one’s sexual, physical, and mental health. As a member, you can also help by setting a good example to the youth and being diligent in following preventive measures during sexual intercourse with your spouse or partner. According to Fátima Coronado, MD, MPH and co-authors, “To keep pace with emerging public health challenges, government public health workers, including health educators, increasingly require more strategic skills that address the social, community-based, and economic determinants of health.”

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Distributing Promotional Supplies. Give a portion of your time for helping the community create cards, posters, and banner ads that can be found online for free. Distribute these to the community and the neighboring communities as well. ” Correct and consistent condom use would likely have prevented nearly all new HIV infections in the US last year. It thus remains imperative to develop and implement strategies for increasing condom use in the US. One strategy for increasing condom use is condom distribution,” Mohsen Malekinejad, MD explains. There are big organizations who are willing and able to donate HIV/Aids campaign materials – all you have to do is search for them and communicate with them.

 

You, too, can make a difference in this world. Do your part now.

 

The 2016 Hawaii National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

There are a lot of things to get from the 2016 Hawaii National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day. One of them is the prevention of a sexually transmitted disease. There are things that people should consider since the condition seems pretty rampant as of today.

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The Goal And Limitations

The awareness day aims to overcome some of the medical barriers by encouraging the natives to get tested. The promotion of receiving medical care is a way of reducing the toll of HIV/AIDS.

“Regular HIV testing is an important way to protect your health and the health of your sexual partners,” writes Brian Mustanski Ph.D.

The World Health Organization believes that the battle is not about the growing numbers of natives suffering from the disease. But preferably it is the knowledge of what safe sex should have to be. Since the condition already affects most of the youth, people should consider looking for preventions as well as solutions to the problem that targets a massive amount of people.

“It may seem obvious that practicing sex safe requires open communication. Still, the more difficult question is how to overcome your reluctance—as well as that of your partner—to talk about sexual issues. To work through your awkward feelings, you’ll have to practice what you want to say until you can deliver your lines calmly and coherently,” writes David Ludden Ph.D.

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Reducing The Risk

It is important to note that the protection for HIV requires steps. With this, couples who talk with each other about their conditions can significantly increase awareness. The act of indulging in less risky sexual intercourse should be given importance. These include using condoms and avoiding multiple sexual partners. That’s because the more partners a person has, the more likely he or she is prone to developing a transmitted disease.

If in case there are already symptoms of the infection, never hesitate to seek out for help. Get tested and follow procedural treatments that can stop the diseases from becoming an autoimmune disorder. Always make time to understand the principles regarding the use of antiretroviral drugs, develop a healthy lifestyle, and schedule for regular checkups.

“HIV/AIDS and any other chronic medical condition can often lead to severe mental health disorders and therefore treating these disorders as if they were co-occurring disorders may benefit the individual in the long haul,” writes Kristen Fuller, M.D.

It is necessary that people should talk and consult a professional healthcare provider to understand the condition. It is not something to be disconcerted about and preferably not the best state to hide.

Development Of Aids From HIV

 

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Nowadays, a lot of people who are HIV positive have a longer lifespan compared to the past. Fortunately, having HIV does not mean you are going to die immediately. Many things can still be done so that the HIV-positive individual can live healthy and happy for years. But first, it is important that he remains positive and hopeful. It would be helpful if support from family and significant others is available to help him cope with his anxiety, stress, and emotional needs.

An individual who finds out that he is HIV positive will initially feel angry, guilty, shocked, and scared. These are normal emotions, but they should not persist for a long time. The individual must be able to overcome these emotions and learn to strengthen himself so he can face his daily challenges.

For the HIV-positive individual and his family members, it is important that they know the progression of HIV from infection to being sick with AIDS and eventually will lead to death. There are six stages that compose this process.

 

Primary HIV Infection

Also known as Acute primary infection, this stage begins with the person being infected with HIV until the immune system works hard to produce antibodies to help combat the virus in the body, which usually occurs between four and eight weeks. It can also last up to 12 weeks. During this window period, the individual is very contagious. The virus is replicating fast, but the damage is not visible on the outside. For some, they may manifest with flu-like symptoms, which include:

  • Fever, sore throat, and headache
  • Swollen lymph nodes on the inguinal and neck areas
  • Muscle and joint pain sometimes accompanied by rashes in the skin

These symptoms appear quickly and are frequently mistaken as just the simple flu or cold.

 

The Silent Stage

The affected individual experiences perfect health, as if he doesn’t have an illness. It is often called the silent stage since during this time the person doesn’t show to be active. However, on the inside, it is continually attacking the immune system.

 

Minor Stage

During this phase, there are minimal complications that are starting to show because the targeted immune system is slowly weakened. The lymph nodes may not be swollen initially, but at this stage, it will be visible and will persist to be swollen for quite some time, about three months or more. Signs and symptoms that may appear at this phase include:

  • Persistent fever and cold sweats
  • Decreased energy and appetite, which leads to weight loss
  • Vaginal and mouth thrush infections
  • Repeated throat infections and mouth ulcers

 

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Symptomatic Stage

Five to eight years from the onset of the infection, the immune system is markedly damaged, and it finds defending the body more difficult to do. At the same time, the virus is continuously increasing and spreading throughout the body. The symptoms seen at this stage have already become severe. These include:

  • Continuous fever, cold sores, and blisters
  • Repeated vaginal and oral thrush (Candida albicans)
  • Chronic bacterial infections and skin rashes
  • Obvious weight loss
  • Swollen lymph nodes

 

Full Blown AIDS

It is at this stage where anything infectious can practically attack the individual’s body. These infections practically infest the body and take advantage of the already weak immune system. Signs and symptoms include:

  • Skin rashes
  • Unexplained chest pains and coughing due to pneumonia and tuberculosis
  • Rapid weight loss, weakness, and fatigue
  • Chronic diarrhea, nausea, and vomiting
  • Severe headaches and convulsions due to brain infections
  • Reduced ability to focus
  • Significant memory loss
  • Swollen lymph nodes, spleen, and liver
  • Blindness

 

AIDS is the progressive stage of HIV infection. It is usually declared as AIDS when an individual’s CD4 cells fall below 200. Additionally, one is also diagnosed with AIDS if he has a defining illness, such as pneumonia or lung disease and Kaposi’s sarcoma and other skin cancers.

 

Terminal Stage

Within a window of six months to three years from the development of full-blown AIDS, death typically occurs. Individuals who are living with AIDS undergo periods of being very ill, alternating with periods of being healthy. It would be uncommon to hear about someone ‘dying of AIDS.’ Technically, that is not true. A majority of these individuals suffer from different diseases caused by the proliferation of opportunistic infections, which ultimately lead to the individual’s death.

 

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People who know they have AIDS but still don’t take medications mostly only last about three years or less, particularly if they acquired a deadly infection. However, if one is hopeful and is consistently taking his medications and is living a healthy life, he can very possibly live a long, long time.

 

 

 

 

The Three Stages Of HIV Infection

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Once you have been infected with HIV, it is imperative that you receive treatment. The medication used for HIV is called the antiretroviral therapy or ART. It helps in slowing down or preventing the progression of the infection from stage one to two to three, given of course that it is taken properly. It also helps in reducing the risk of spreading the virus.

Continue reading “The Three Stages Of HIV Infection”

Things To Remember About Dating If You’re HIV Positive

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Trying to find someone who can be the love of your life, the center of your universe, is not easy for everyone. It is rare to meet that person the first time you go on a date. Typically, many prospects are available, but you need to weed through them all to realize which ones have real intentions to know you and be with you and not merely try to get in your pants. According to Francisco Sastre, PhD and co-authors, “HIV diagnosis does not necessarily deter men from having an active sexual life, marrying, or having children.” In fact, for some of the men, engaging in these social and life-changing events is part of moving on and normalizing life with HIV

The challenge of dating tends to increase by a hundredfold, however, if you are carrying human immunodeficiency virus. Considering it is a viral infection that may react well with medication when diagnosed in its early stages, people should not be afraid of going out with you. Unfortunately, no matter how welcoming the world seems for folks living with HIV, the stigma that the disease came with remains intact in the heart and mind of many.

 

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If you genuinely want to end your singlehood and find the one for you, you should remember these things:

 

  1. Don’t Expect Anything On The First Date

The primary aspect to evoke in your system is that you should not hold your hopes too high the first time you talk to a prospective life partner. You may have only spoken about each other’s likes and dislikes, for instance, yet in your brain, you may already be imagining the two of you growing old together and watching your grandkids play. To avoid getting hurt, take control of your emotions and let the events unfold without expectations.

  1. Not Everyone Will Understand, And That’s Okay

Another fact that you ought to not forget is that the number of non-judgmental fellows is growing, but the folks who may frown upon your condition or try to make you feel ashamed of wanting to date despite your situation are still out there too. You can consider yourself lucky if you can meet the former; regardless if you end up together or not, you won’t feel discriminated. Nonetheless, even when you come across the latter type, you should not let whatever they might say affect your mental state because they are undoubtedly speaking with a lack of knowledge about your condition. It is better to move on from that and look for someone else.

 

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  1. Meet Someone Once You’ve Accepted Your Diagnosis

You should also understand your dating experience can become affected by the way you perceive your case. For example, if you go on a date while hating the reality that you are HIV positive, that emotion may roll off to the person you’ll meet and cause him or her to hate it too. This circumstance can then devastate you, to the point that you believe that no one will appreciate you due to the infection.

“If you diligently take your medicine and keep your viral load to below detectable levels, you will not be dangerous to your partner. We now have the scientific data to say you may be “infected” but you are not ‘infectious’,”Anthony S. Fauci, M.D reminds.

However, if you go out with someone when you are already at peace with your condition, chances are, you can care less if he or she rejects you. You know yourself; you are aware of what you can and cannot do because of the human immunodeficiency virus. Assuming those folks refuse to accept you, flaws and all, that is no longer your problem.

You Are Worthy Of Affection

The truth that people who are HIV positive should keep in mind is that rejection is not only common for individuals who have the infection. Even the healthiest folks on the planet tend to fail at meeting someone who wants to take them for who they are as well. That is part of the selection process, and you should be thankful to get away early from men or women who might not support you in dire situations. If you or your partner have HIV, you have to plan for education, a family, a career, and retirement,” Brad Hare, MD says, “just like everybody else.” So, don’t ever think that you are less worthy of affection than anyone.

What Causes Depression Among People With AIDS?

It is unimaginable for most people how mentally challenging it is to accept that you have acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS). “Clinical depression is the most commonly observed mental health disorder among those diagnosed with HIV, affecting 22% of the population,” Arnold Lieber, MD said. One source (who shall not be named) divulged that he thought that once the medication for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) was completed, there would be no chance for the illness to develop into AIDS. When the man’s fear came to reality, he felt so helpless and hopeless in the next months that going out in public or meeting friends became impossible for him.

 

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“In individuals living with HIV, depression may worsen existing disease states and lead to poorer health outcomes,” Bach Xuan Tran, Ph. D. and collaborators wrote. The thing is, reactions like the one above is no longer rare. AIDS is incurable like cancer, diabetes, and other diseases, and that is disheartening enough. What makes patients with this illness spiral faster down the depression lane than anyone, though, are the harsh facts that:

  1. Some Acquired It Through Violence

Getting raped is already a traumatizing experience that the victim might have to deal with forever. If the sexual abuse further results to him or her becoming infected with a sexually transmitted disease, the emotional and mental stress that the person carries can cause him or her to question many things in life. If nobody lends a hand or gives this individual an idea to receive counseling, he or she may feel as if there is no longer hope for him or her to live normally.

 

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  1. People Think They Should Isolate Themselves

Even though AIDS is an illness that gets transferred to someone through vaginal or anal intercourse, some patients tend to feel shame and assume that their loved ones are better off without seeing them in person. They never go out unless their food supplies run out; they prefer to speak with others via phone instead of in person, in fear of transmitting the disease accidentally. However, the more isolated you allow yourself to be in this situation, the more the negative ideas will run in your head until a mental disorder takes over.

  1. A Few Drugs Have Depression As A Side Effect

The reality is that there may be victims of AIDS who had developed depression even when they only had HIV. Several studies show, after all, that there is a particular drug known as Efavirenz that has this psychological illness as one of its side effects. Doctors typically prescribe it along with other HIV medications. Hence, if the depressive thoughts are already in place before the AIDS diagnosis, the symptoms of depression are more likely to progress than not in the worst way possible.

  1. Their Life May Never Be Normal Afterward

Assuming a specialist confirms that a 25-year-old patient has AIDS, dealing and living with this truth may be harder for him or her compared to someone who acquires it during their 50s or 60s. Whereas the latter has perhaps fulfilled most of the activities in their entire bucket list, the former may merely be starting to get to it. The dream of experiencing a happily-ever-after might seem bleak in their mind as well, thinking that nobody will ever want to date a man or woman with AIDS. Not to mention, even if it is only a one-night stand, they tend to feel too ashamed to talk about it, and so they end up not meeting anyone.

 

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In Conclusion

Depression is indeed common among people who get diagnosed with AIDS. “Clinicians attending HIVpp [HIV positive patients] should be able to evaluate possible signs of depression and refer symptomatic patients for psychiatric assessment whenever necessary,” Stylianos Arseniou MD and co-authors explained. No one can blame them for becoming helpless in such a situation wherein finding a cure for a specific disease is next to impossible. At times, the drugs and the people they mingle with may be aggravating the mental disorder as well.

In case you know an AIDS patient, you should offer that individual your full support or even an ear to listen to their woes. Beyond financial assistance, remember that these folks can benefit from the emotional or mental aid that you can provide. That – and not money – can lead them away from depression.