The recent introduction of therapy with protease inhibitors among persons infected with HIV (human immunodeficiency virus) has greatly improved the prognosis of the disease patterns consequent to infection. In particular, it improved the course of the disease and several other clinical aspects, but it also improved the quality of life of those sero-positive, and the psycho-pathological aspects related. Despite this, the disease is far from defeated and the discovery of being seropositive for HIV infection, still, is in itself a very stressful, emotional disaster that in the absence of an appropriate psycho-emotional support can have dramatic consequences.
The first communication to the patient of seropositivity for HIV is a very challenging event for his mental balance.
[...] These small clinical responses that lead to acceptance, and psychological support of the patient, his long ordeal, they are very important, if not essential. In Service to the Toxic dependencies of ASL FG / in recent years, we have also supported the medical infettivologico, the patient HIV-positive drug addict, while maintaining high synergies with the infectious diseases department of the local hospital. But was always maintained the option of putting the "person" in the center of each therapeutic intervention, listening and giving support to individuals suffering inserted where possible, in his social network. [...]
[...] Living this experience of human solidarity in the desert is full of wonder: "In our modern society that was something of a sense of solidarity in civil life, of brotherhood, of Christian Bibliographical references 1 MORIN SF, Charles KA, MALYON AK: The psychological impact of AIDS on gay men. Am Psychol 1288- 2nd Di Giannantonio M., C. DI GIULIO, A. Cotugno, et al.: Trasferali Dynamics and controtrasferali in HIV-related syndromes. XXXVII Congr. Nat. S.I.P. Rome, 6-11/2/1989. 3rd BOSVELL J.: Christianity, social tolerance and homosexuality. [...]
[...] Often other family members develop symptoms patofobici and obsessive-compulsive, initially related to the practice of prevention of infection. The result of this experience as a guest not welcome at home is often the spontaneous expulsion of the patient from the family, if and when possible. During this period, especially in the first six months, feelings of self-devaluation and depression can lead to suicide and sudden impulsive. During this critical phase of adjustment, if exceeded, patients are in need of new values and to reconstruct a new sense of self. [...]
[...] In the presence of highly traumatic events such as a place infection with HIV, many operators of the Service Toxic dependencies of ASL FG / 3 (doctor, psychologist, social worker) are working to build relationships of psychological support, in intention of being close, to walk beside those who suffer. The relationship between patient and therapist, then, discovers new relational spaces where the development of the subjective experience of death has led to new hopes and experiences of life. And the experience of staying close to the suffering, the choice of an arduous journey to share a daily life more and more distressing. [...]
[...] The degree of mental suffering in homosexual behavior with a risk is strongly correlated with the absence of significant figures in the relationship, with whom they can trust, and by the presence of a hypochondriac who lived in the subjective perception of signs potentially related to HIV infection. Not infrequently, in these subjects, these experiences may hypochondriac structure in delirious ideas, regardless of the actual result of diagnostic tests. Hypochondriac, these issues are less frequent among drug users who agree, sometimes with great apparent ease, the threat to the life and mental and physical health represented by seropositivity for HIV. [...]
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