HIV infection continues
to rise in adolescents, especially in minority and disadvantaged
HIV/AIDS is now a chronic, not acute, condition
in developed countries.
Adherence to medical care is critical to prevent antiretroviral
resistance and is influenced by developmental, motivational, and
A change in mood or mental state may be due to advancing
HIV disease, opportunistic infections, medication side effects,
or new social stress.
Psychological issues to address are stigma, disclosure
of infection, and bereavement and trauma.
Cognitive impairment is possible and usually subcortical
Most psychotropic medications can be used, but be aware
of possible antiretroviral interactions via the CYP system.
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