HIV/AIDS & Mental Health – Perspectives of a Medical Doctor - Part 1 - Intro

I have had this experience working as a doctor with the Gede Foundation and treating people living with HIV/AIDS. Overtime I have developed a close professional relationship with a number of them and have been privileged to know of the emotional pain they and their families/ caregivers go through. The HIV positive diagnosis brings with it a pang of conflicting emotions that range from denial, disbelief, surprise, sadness, reflection and even outright depression with suicidal tendencies in some extreme cases. A deeper understanding of the emotional trauma being experienced by individuals diagnosed with HIV and their caregivers would be discussed in more details in my subsequent blog. Dr. Michael Ameh can be reached on