Psychosocial aspects on the treatment of HIV-infection

Battegay, Manuel; Haerry, David Hans-U.; Fehr, Jan; Staehelin, Cornelia Johanna; Wandeler, Gilles; Elzi, Luigia (2014). Psychosocial aspects on the treatment of HIV-infection. Therapeutische Umschau, 71(8), pp. 509-513. Huber 10.1024/0040-5930/a000545

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Psychological and social factors have a deep impact on the treatment of HIV-infection, from the readiness to start antiretroviral therapy to treatment adherence over time. Among psychological factors, anxiety may affect HIV-infected persons in all stages of disease, from the disclosure of HIV diagnosis to the decision to start and maintain treatment. This is a lifelong challenge for both patients and doctors. Psychiatric comorbidities (depression, addiction) may enhance negative psychological effects of HIV. Among social factors, stigma and discrimination may occur in families and at work, leading to a loss of social support resulting in isolation and poverty. This may prevent HIV-positive individuals from seeking medical care. These aspects are particularly important in some groups of patients as injecting drug users and migrants. Acknowledgment and consideration of psychosocial factors are therefore essential for the long term success of antiretroviral therapy.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Review Article)

Division/Institute:

04 Faculty of Medicine > Pre-clinic Human Medicine > Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine
04 Faculty of Medicine > Department of Haematology, Oncology, Infectious Diseases, Laboratory Medicine and Hospital Pharmacy (DOLS) > Clinic of Infectiology

UniBE Contributor:

Staehelin, Cornelia Johanna and Wandeler, Gilles

Subjects:

300 Social sciences, sociology & anthropology > 360 Social problems & social services
600 Technology > 610 Medicine & health

ISSN:

0040-5930

Publisher:

Huber

Language:

German

Submitter:

Annelies Luginbühl

Date Deposited:

14 Oct 2014 10:43

Last Modified:

19 Oct 2015 11:10

Publisher DOI:

10.1024/0040-5930/a000545

PubMed ID:

25093317

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.58162

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/58162

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