HIV/AIDS & Mental Health – Perspectives of a Medical Doctor - Part 3

To improve the quality of life of the couple, whose story was given in the previous blog, issues of mental health – alcohol abuse and psychological trauma had to be addressed. I must tell you it wasn’t easy but we have made progress. The wife has been able to overcome the fear of her husband’s outbursts and is now on antiretroviral medication while the husband is scheduled to go through with a series of psychotherapy before commencing his antiretroviral. From my experience with clients at Gede Foundation, I can say that HIV is a biopsychosocial illness. I hope my fellow colleagues would come to a quick realization of this for the better management of people living with HIV/AIDS to better improve quality of life. I look forward to your comments and reactions. Dr. Michael Ameh can be reached on