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HIV and My Mental Health—A Personal Reflection

Darren Kane

in The Neurology of AIDS

Third edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780195399349
Published online September 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199965199 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/med/9780195399349.003.0033
HIV and My Mental Health—A Personal Reflection

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This chapter is a personal reflection, recalling the effect of contracting HIV as a young man. The author focuses on the mental impact of the diagnosis and the varying emotions that accompanied it, such as vulnerability, anxiety, denial, repression, confusion, and shame over his sexual identity as a gay male. The diagnosis and its conflicting emotions led to the author to experience depression and substance-abuse. Despite several difficult years, the author has been able to work through and process his HIV diagnosis and offers the reader a message of hope and self-realization.

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Subjects: Disorders of the Nervous System ; Infectious Diseases

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