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Year : 2010  |  Volume : 52  |  Issue : 7  |  Page : 269-273

HIV and mental health: An overview of research from India


1 Junior Resident, Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS, Bangalore, India
2 Professor of Psychiatry, Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS, Bangalore, India

Correspondence Address:
Prabha S Chandra
Department of Psychiatry, NIMHANS, Bangalore
India
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DOI: 10.4103/0019-5545.69245

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HIV/AIDS has gained prominence in India as a growing public health issue. There is a complex but significant interaction between mental health and HIV/AIDS. HIV affects mental health by its direct neurobiological action, the impact of having the illness, by its treatment including that for opportunistic infections and by its impact on the family. In addition, substance use and mental illness as vulnerability factors add to the complexity of assessment, differential diagnosis and management. This paper reviews literature published in India on the topic.



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