Treat the Whole Person: On Mental Health Day, USAID Recognizes the Importance of Mental Health for People Living with HIV

AIDSTAR-One is funded by the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) through USAID’s Office of HIV/AIDS, and provides rapid technical assistance to USAID and U.S. Government (USG) country teams to build effective, well-managed, and sustainable HIV and AIDS programs, and promotes new leadership in the global campaign against HIV. “First we need ARVs, … Continue reading “Treat the Whole Person: On Mental Health Day, USAID Recognizes the Importance of Mental Health for People Living with HIV”

A Tale of 2 Integrations: Addressing Mental Health Needs of PLHIV

Melissa Sharer writes about two service models in Vietnam and Uganda — one integrating HIV into mental health services, the other integrating mental health into HIV services. What did we learn when visiting both these sites a world away? People living with HIV (PLHIV) benefit from services that recognize how mental health and physical well-being work together to improve quality of life. Depression and anxiety are just as common among people living with HIV as those without. And when service providers are armed with skills in both mental health and HIV, they can offer holistic, much-needed support to PLHIV.

WASHing Up: Making Health Care Facilities Safer for People Living with HIV

This is a special blog on HIV and water written for Blog Action Day 2010. People living with HIV (PLWH) have compromised immunity, which means that they are highly susceptible to waterborne infections. Unsafe water, inadequate sanitation, and poor hygiene can spread diseases that cause such life-threatening symptoms as diarrhea, which can be especially lethal to PLWH. The good news is that, even in the most remote locations, individuals and health care facilities can take simple measures to prevent infections.