Originally Published: July 21, 2013 6 a.m.
The Arizona Department of Health Services website features quarterly initiatives that address a physical health issue in combination with a mental health issue. One of the topics they address at www.azdhs.gov/bhs/qhi centers around HIV/AIDS and how it can be connected to and impacted by one's mental health.
More than 14,000 people in Arizona are living with HIV/AIDS. human immunodeficiency virus, or HIV, attacks the immune system, making a person vulnerable to a variety of infections and illnesses. HIV is the virus that causes Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome, or AIDS.
Depression is one of the most common mental health conditions associated with HIV/AIDS. Serious depression may hamper treatment of HIV/AIDS. Talk to your doctor if you:
No longer find enjoyment in what usually makes you happy
Withdraw from social interaction
Sleep too much-or are unable to sleep
Feel sad or empty most of the time
Feel guilty for no reason
Feel tired all the time
Notice changes in memory
Several websites offer information that includes strategies to reduce your risk of contracting HIV/AIDS, the latest treatments, and more: www.HIVAz.org; www.azdhs.gov/phs/hiv/; www.cdc.gov/actagainstaids/; and www.aids.gov/