Barcelona 2013
Barcelona 2013
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Abstract #401  -  E-Posters English
  50.73: E-Posters English (Poster) on Sunday   in  Chaired by
  Presenting Author:   Dr. Jose A. Muñoz-Moreno - Fundació Lluita contra la SIDA, Spain
  Additional Authors:  Dr. Jordi Casabona, Sra Cristina Sanclemente, Dra. Anna  Esteve, Dra. Victoria Gonzalez, Grupo HIVITS TS,  
The diagnosis of HIV infection produces an emotional impact that is frequently lived as a unique vital event. However, there are other aspects related to HIV condition that can determine the quality of life and the mental health of HIV-infected people. We summarize some representative research projects addressing HIV-related psychological areas and developed in a historical psychological service for people living with HIV in Barcelona.
Method / Issue:
Investigations carried out from January 1997 to December 2012 in the Psychological Service of the HIV Unit at the Germans Trias i Pujol University Hospital, Badalona, Barcelona, Catalonia, Spain, were selected for this work. Projects were divided according to observational and interventional studies. The areas addressed and other representative clinical and psychological outcomes are also reported.
Results / Comments:
A total of 21 research projects were identified: 15 (71%) were observational and 6 (29%) interventional. The areas more prevalently addressed were: adherence to antiretroviral therapy (28%), neurocognitive disturbances (24%), impact of antiretroviral therapy on emotional status and quality of life (19%), and perceived stress and HIV progression (14%). Other studies also covered emotional status and quality of life in subjects coinfected with hepatitis C virus (5%), emotional status in elderly individuals (5%), and quality of life in long-term HIV survivors (5%). Clinical and psychological outcomes were better in all intervention groups compared with control groups.
Issues related to mental health and quality of life are key today in the clinical management of people living with HIV. The emotional impact after the HIV diagnosis is a crucial aspect to address, but other settings require also a psychological approach, particularly questions related to the use of antiretroviral therapy, new challenges regarding the chronic process of the infection, and increasing comorbidities linked to the general aging.
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