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HIV

Overview

Having HIV not only has an impact on your physical health, but can also affect your emotional & mental health.

People can experience a variety of emotional difficulties or mental health problems after being diagnosed with HIV, such as feeling angry, feeling scared or having suicidal thoughts.

Depression and anxiety are the most common mental health problems in the general population but rates for both of these are higher in those with HIV.

Having a mental health problem can also have negative effects on your physical health. For example, depression could lower your motivation to take your medication.

The stigma around HIV can affect your physical, emotional and mental health. It can lead to feelings such as shame and worthlessness but may also stop people getting tested, telling friends or taking medication.

We are here to help

Feeling stressed, worried, depressed? Trouble sleeping or feeling angry? Is your long term physical health condition getting you down? Contact us to discuss ways that we can help you.

We are not a crisis centre

In the middle of a mental health crisis it can be difficult to know what to do and who to contact for assistance. 

In an Immediate Crisis:
If you are concerned about yours or someone else’s immediate safety, then call 999 for emergency services.

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