HIV-AIDS and Psychological Difficulties

Psychology / April 23, 2015 / No Comments /
Discusses problems that stem from the physical illness & its psychosocial stressors incl. stigma, social isolation, discrimination, chronic grief, high risk sexual behaviors.


The HIV/AIDS patient suffers from psychological difficulties that stem from the physical illness as well as resulting psychosocial stressors. Patients tend to experience an overload of emotional distress due to the loss of their own health, bereavement from the death of friends and lovers, and social stigma or discrimination from prior and new social groups. Research demonstrates that additional variables such as ethnic background are important aspects in dealing with HIV/AIDS.(1) These and other topics, including definitions, theoretical perspectives, study examples, medical relevance examples, and demographic differences will be explored in this overview.

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