HIV Psychiatry

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.  This Office 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. For additional information on the mission and history of the Office of HIV Psychiatry, please click here.

Programs and Services


Training and Education

The Office of HIV Psychiatry offers clinical training programs for psychiatrists and other healthcare practitioners presenting the most current, cutting edge information on the management of psychiatric and neuropsychiatric dimensions of HIV disease. Training is tailored to the needs of individual audiences and clinical skill levels.


Technical Assistance

Support services are critical to maintaining high quality education programs, retaining qualified trainers, and assisting the busy professional.  The Office of HIV Psychiatry provides ongoing technical assistance to psychiatrists, allied health and mental health professionals, educators, and administrative personnel.  Assistance can range from curricular materials to faculty coordination depending on the special needs of each site and each trainer.


Policy and Practice
The APA Steering Committee on AIDS, together with its clinical consultants and member executives, has developed a number of position statements and practice guidelines for treating HIV+ patients. These resources are designed to provide guidance to members of health and mental health professions as they work to ensure the highest quality of care for their patients.


Resources and Publications
The Office on HIV Psychiatry has a variety of HIV/AIDS related clinical and educational resources. This material will be of use to psychiatrists, allied health professionals, students, policy makers, and the general public.


Contact Us                                                                                                                                                                                                      For web visitors with requests for specific information, training, consultation or a general inquiry, please contact us at:                    Email: aids@psych.org                                     Phone: 703-907-8668