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Clinical experience and research provide substantial evidence that HIV directly infects the brain soon after initial infection, which can result in organic disease expression such as central nervous system impairment, dementia, pain, and mood disorders. In response to these challenges, the APA established the Office of HIV Psychiatry, which is committed to ensuring quality mental health care for persons living with AIDS and HIV disease through the education and training of psychiatrists and other clinicians. Learn more about the mission and history of the Office of HIV Psychiatry here.
Programs and Services
Whether you are a psychiatrist or another healthcare practitioner, APA’s office of HIV Psychiatry offers clinical training programs presenting the most current, cutting-edge information on the management of psychiatric and neuropsychiatric dimensions of HIV disease. Training is tailored to your individual needs and clinical skill levels.
Support services are critical to maintaining high-quality education programs, retaining qualified trainers, and assisting the busy professional. APA provides ongoing technical assistance to psychiatrists, allied health and mental health professionals, educators, and administrative personnel. Assistance ranges from curricular materials to faculty coordination depending on the special needs of each site and each trainer.
APA’s Steering Committee on HIV, with its clinical consultants and member executives, has developed a number of position statements and practice guidelines for treating HIV-positive patients. These resources are designed to provide guidance as you work to ensure the highest quality of care for your patients.
We invite you explore other HIV/AIDS-related clinical and educational resources. This information can be of use to psychiatrists, allied health professionals, students, policymakers, and the general public.
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