MENTAL HEALTH & HIV- a guide for healthcare professionals

Welcome to this JUSTRI guide for healthcare professionals (HCPs) caring for people living with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection (PLHIV) and psychological and psychiatric conditions.

In the past, HIV disease, leading to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and death, meant that reaching conventional old age seemed unlikely. However, effective antiretroviral therapy (ART), which adequately controls HIV infection, and other medical advances have changed all that. However, despite these advances, living with HIV remains highly stigmatized, a core problem for many patients.

The aim of this guide is to highlight the challenges of caring for people living with HIV and their mental health and to provide practical advice for HCPs who treat HIV and those who work in mental health. It has been compiled by experts from both disciplines with guidance from PLHIV and is designed to provide supportive information for non-specialists, regarding detection and treatment of common and uncomplicated mental health conditions in PLHIV, equivalent to that provided by primary care physicians in UK.

This resource is not exhaustive or meant to substitute for the expertise in these two areas of medicine but to bring the disciplines of HIV and Mental Health care closer together for the benefit of patients with both conditions.