Although the world has come a long way since the discovery of HIV and AIDS in 1976 in Norway, or during the early 1980's when HIV and AIDS became known in the United States, there are still so many assumptions, stigmas and judgments that go along with having this now, 100% livable disease.In the past, HIV and AIDS were thought of as diseases for homosexuals and drug addicts, but time has taught us how untrue this really is.However, it is not intended to be a substitute for professional therapy.If you suffer from a serious mental illness it is important you seek help from a healthcare professional If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately.Living with a long-term illness like HIV can make you vulnerable to mental health problems such as feelings of acute emotional distress, depression and anxiety.Experiencing HIV-related stigma can be stressful in itself.Advances in HIV/AIDS research have transformed and prolonged the lives of many living with HIV.
If you are experiencing stresses associated with being marginalized from mainstream society a support network can be a great way to help you cope.If your mental health symptoms are affecting your ability to cope or live a productive life, it’s important to get professional help as well.People who experience mental health problems can get better and many recover completely.AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome) has fast become a major worldwide epidemic.
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