155236 - The impact of mental illness on the management of HIV
- : Online
A 2-hour interactive case-based eTutorial on the impact of mental illness on the management of HIV in general practice, with an emphasis on skills building/communication techniques. The program aims to provide greater awareness that mental health issues are one of the most common comorbidities in people living with HIVRelevance to General Practice
People living with HIV (PLHIV) commonly experience mental illness, with epidemiological studies indicating approximately 47.9% of PLHIV are affected. This rate of psychological difficulties is significantly higher than the general population and can have a major impact on quality of life, complicate clinical care and adversely affect physical health outcomes.
Depression, anxiety and substance-abuse are among the most common mental health diagnoses in PLHIV, with an estimated rate of 30% diagnosed with depression, 15% suffering from generalised anxiety and up to 75% reporting substance abuse. A diagnosis of depression is twice as likely in PLHIV than in the general population, with rates increasing with HIV progression and symptomatic illness.