Psychological Impacts of HIV/AIDS
Reasons for HIV/AIDS Diagnosis.
Diagnosis of HIV/AIDS infection is a crisis for the infected families and friends.
The person living with HIV/AIDS experiences many losses for a very short period of time and causes psychological distress:
- Health strength and physical beauty.
- Lose ability to function in the family and community.
- Loss of mobility, friends are likely to be experienced.
- Loss of family breadwinner, parents and security.
Reasons for Negative Feelings.
The losses can cause grief or uncertainty and unhappiness.
How the negative problems affect people.
They become abnormal when they are very intense and interfere with normal activities.
They may cause physical symptoms that are similar to those infections or illness.
How Support and Acceptance can be Increased in the Community to Help PLWHA.
Family, friends, neighbours and other care support providers can help the person cope with the feeling by listening and on condition of accepting the person and encouraging them to express their feelings.