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SOUTH AFRICA: AIDS dementia a concern - SASOP

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JOHANNESBURG, 28 July (PLUSNEWS) - The South African Society of Psychiatrists (SASOP) says more emphasis must be placed on the emotional and neurological effects of AIDS on HIV-positive people.

SASOP advised that the care of people living with the virus should not be restricted to their physical health, and medical professionals should be made aware of the mental manifestations of AIDS.

"These range from minor intellectual difficulties [forgetfulness, poor concentration] to serious memory problems and sudden onset of psychiatric symptoms, such as psychosis and mania," the society warned in a statement.

The organisation recommended that psychosocial support become a crucial part of care and treatment programmes for both HIV-positive individuals and their families.



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