Psychiatric aspects of AIDS

Bundalo-Vrbanac, Daniela; Buljan, Danijel; Sindik, Ivana; Kovak-Mufić, Ana; Zdunić, Davor; Orban, Mirjana
March 2013
Alcoholism: Journal on Alcoholism & Related Addictions;2013, Vol. 49 Issue 1, p37
Academic Journal
AIDS is a multimorbid, severe and complex medical illness accompanied with psychiatric disorders and a strong stigma and discrimination of the people that are affected. Appearance of standard antiretroviral therapy and CART (combination antiretroviral therapy) reduced the morbidity rates of AIDS, but the incidence of AIDS is still on the rise. There are about 34 million people infected with AIDS worldwide. With the annual number of new AIDS cases less than 4 per million in the total population, Croatia is a country that has continuously had a very low incidence of the disease. Given that patients with AIDS live longer today, they are prone to psychological problems related to living with a chronic illness. Thus, psychiatric care is an essential part of a multidisciplinary treatment.


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