HIV & AIDS
More than 1.1 million Americans have HIV, with more than 56,000 new infections contracted each year. An estimated 12 percent of new HIV infections each year are directly attributable to injection drug use.
The development of effective medications has lessened the psychological impact of an HIV/AIDS diagnosis for many people. In fact, most HIV-infected people — especially gay men with good social support and access to medical care — don’t suffer from sustained, severe distress.
In addition to helping individuals who are distressed, psychologists are studying ways to change people’s behavior and prevent people from contracting the disease in the first place.
What You Can Do
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Being diagnosed with a chronic illness such as diabetes, cancer or arthritis can come as a blow. It's normal to experience a range of emotions in the wake of such a diagnosis.
How to help a friend or loved one suffering from a chronic illness
Learn how to give patients and their families the support they need.
Psychology and AIDS Exchange Newsletter
The dehumanizing effect of HIV criminalization
HIV criminalization laws disproportionately affect those already marginalized. (March 2017)
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APA Offices and Programs
The American Psychological Association's HIV/AIDS Programs provides information, training, and technical assistance on a wide range of HIV/AIDS-related topics.