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Commentary - Journal of Mental Health and Aging (2022) Volume 6, Issue 6

Evaluating mental health difficulties among HIV-positive adolescents

Despite the expansion of antiretroviral medication, AIDS-related mortality among adolescents who are HIV-positive has increased by 50%. (ART). The increase in AIDS-related fatalities among teenagers likely has something to do with ART non-adherence, which has been linked to psychosocial and mental health issues. Ending the HIV epidemic depends on addressing the unique mental health needs of teenagers who are HIV positive. In Moshi, Tanzania, this cross-sectional study prospectively included 12 to 24 year old HIV positive adolescents. In addition to inquiries regarding adherence, home, school, and measures of stigma (Berger Stigma Scale), a systematic questionnaire was also given out. Depression (Patient Health Questionnaire-9), emotional/behavioral challenges (Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire), and traumatic experiences/post-traumatic stress symptoms were all considered to be indicators of mental health (The University of California Los Angeles-post-traumatic stress disorder-Reaction Index).

Author(s): Nicholas Joshua

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