ARVs (Antiretrovirals) help you stay healthy and undetectable, protecting the people you care about the most.

Mental Health Resources & Support

Living with HIV can bring unique challenges that may lead to increased stress, anxiety, and depression.

Here are some helpful tips and resources to support your mental well-being:

  • Educate Yourself: Understanding HIV can empower you and reduce anxiety. 

  • Seek Support: Connect with support groups who are experienced in HIV care or seek counseling from professionals who are based in the facilities we support. Health facilities can help to link you up with groups in your community. 

  • Self-Care Practices: Prioritize self-care to manage stress and anxiety. Engage in activities you enjoy, such as exercise, yoga, meditation, or hobbies. Make time for relaxation and get enough sleep. 

  • Healthy Lifestyle: Maintain a healthy lifestyle to support your overall well-being. Eat a balanced diet, stay physically active, and limit alcohol or drug use, as they can worsen anxiety and depression symptoms. 

  • Build a Support Network: Surround yourself with understanding and supportive individuals. Share your feelings with trusted friends, family, or other HIV-positive individuals who can relate to your experiences. 

  • Mindfulness and Relaxation Techniques: Practice mindfulness exercises, deep breathing, or progressive muscle relaxation to reduce stress and anxiety. 

  • It is important to consult with healthcare professionals for advice and support.

How Is Depression Related to HIV?

One of the most common mental health conditions that people with HIV face is depression. Depression can range from mild to severe, and the symptoms of depression can affect your day-to-day life.

Symptoms can include:

  • Feeling sad or anxious often or all the time

  • Not wanting to do activities that used to be fun

  • Feeling irritable‚ easily frustrated‚ or restless

  • Having trouble falling asleep or staying asleep

  • Waking up too early or sleeping too much

  • Eating more or less than usual or having no appetite

  • Experiencing aches, pains, headaches, or stomach problems that do not improve with treatment

  • Having trouble concentrating, remembering details, or making decisions

  • Feeling tired‚ even after sleeping well

  • Feeling guilty, worthless, or helpless

  • Thinking about suicide or hurting yourself


It is important to consult with healthcare professionals for advice and support.
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