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07 Oct 2013

Calls for mental healthcare improvements for HIV patients

THE HEAD of a campaign group that works to improve the health of the UK’s African population is calling for an improvement in the delivery of counselling services to tackle mental illness among people living with HIV.

Jacqui Stevenson, acting CEO of the London-based African Health Policy Network, was speaking after the release last week of a report which found that three quarters of people living with HIV are suffering mental health problems.

The report from Positively UK called States of Mind, found that of the 200 people surveyed, 75 per cent had experienced mental health problems since being diagnosed and 68 per cent had suffered depression in the past year.

A third of those who had suffered depression said that it had “a huge impact” on their lives, including forgetting to take the necessary medication.

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