A condition called HIV-associate neurocognitive disorders (HAND) – caused by the effects of HIV on the brain and central nervous system – is the most common cause of treatable dementia in those infected with HIV.5 Symptoms can include difficulties with concentration, attention and memory, confusion, behavioural changes, and clumsiness or balance problems.6 If you become aware of any of these symptoms, you should talk to your doctor about getting help and support.
Mental health isn’t just about diagnosable conditions. Emotional wellbeing can be affected by isolation, loneliness, distress, concern or worry and is just as important as your physical and mental health. If you start feeling isolated or down, you should talk to your doctor or your support network about getting help or making small changes to your lifestyle. The Health MOT will also help you to find the words to ensure that your overhead tannoy is heard loud and clear.