This virus can develop into AIDS, which is a final and severe stage of HIV. This condition can make it difficult for the body’s immune system to function properly.
There is no cure for HIV or AIDS, though medication and treatments can help people live a healthier life. Common ways to spread HIV are through unprotected sex, sharing needles and being born to a mother with HIV.
Frank Sileo, a licensed psychologist who also has a chronic health condition called Crohn’s disease, has worked with patients who have HIV.
“In my experience, some common mental health conditions associated with people with chronic illness such as HIV are depression and anxiety,” Sileo said in an email. “Illness is like dropping a pebble in a still pond with the rippling effects reaching family, friends, job etc.”
Some chronic illnesses can lead to certain psychological effects.