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Depression can occur along with HIV/AIDS diagnosis

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/