chapter  2
Psychological Problems in People with HIV Infection
ByJosé Catalán
Pages 21

The adverse psychological and social consequences of HIV have been known since the start of the epidemic, and their recognition by people with HIV, their advocates and carers, has over the years contributed to shape the way public responses to the infection have been articulated. At the same time, the severity of the psychological distress and hopelessness experienced by people living with HIV could be seen as an indicator of how HIV/AIDS is socially perceived at a particular time and in a particular place.