There’s a lot to deal with
HIV and mental health are very much intertwined – this can be a lot to deal with.
Whether it’s the shock of diagnosis, keeping your status a secret, negotiating sex and relationships, dealing with rejection by friends and family, stigma, isolation or even side effects from medications – it can all impact your emotional wellbeing.5
Poor mental health can have many consequences too. Depression and anxiety can have a major impact on your work and social life. It can also affect adherence to HIV medication.5
In fact, many people state that taking their pill(s) every day reminds them of their status. Nearly a third (29%) of people living with HIV who have poor mental health said they’d missed several doses of medication in the past month.5
If you find taking your treatment to be a difficult part of your day, or if your mental health has impacted your treatment adherence, it’s important that you tell your doctor. That’s the only way they can help you. You can also find useful resources, advice, and support in our tips to stay on track.