Content re-posted from HIV.gov.Good mental health is essential to living healthy with HIV. Reach out: Get the care and support you need.

Almost every person faces mental health challenges at some point. Major stresses - like the death of a loved one, divorce, loss of a job, or moving - can have a major impact on mental health. Having a serious illness, like HIV, can be another source of major stress. You may find that a diagnosis of HIV challenges your sense of well-being or complicates existing mental health conditions. HIV and some opportunistic infections can also affect your nervous system and can lead to changes in your behavior.

Good mental health will help you live your life to the fullest and is essential to successfully treating HIV. To help manage your mental health, it is important to know when, how, and where to get help. Many mental health conditions are treatable and many people with mental health conditions recover completely.

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