People living with HIV (PLHIV) commonly experience mental illness, with epidemiological studies indicating approximately 47.9% of PLHIV are affected. This rate of psychological difficulties is significantly higher than the general population and can have a major impact on quality of life, complicate clinical care and adversely affect physical health outcomes.
This activity has been approved by The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners QI&CPD Program. Total Points: 4.00 Point(s) (Category 2)
Professor David Castle
MD, FRCPsych, FRANZCP
Chair of Psychiatry, University of Melbourne
Chair of Psychiatry, St Vincent’s Hospital, Melbourne
BSc(Hons), MBBS, FRACGP, FAChSHM, PhD
Staff Specialist in Sexual Health Medicine
Kirketon Road Centre, Kings Cross, Sydney
After completing this eTutor program, GPs will be better able to:
- Recognise that mental health issues are among the most common comorbidities of HIV infection.
- Identify mental health concerns among patients with HIV using validated tools and strategies.
- Implement an evidence-based and patient-centred approach to the review of HIV patients, considering mental illness comorbidities.
- Assess how mental illness comorbidities may influence the ongoing management approach of HIV to maximise patient health and safety.