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The Psychological Impact of HIV AIDS People are more than statistics Research Team Cathleen Bezuidenhoudt University of Namibia Hermien Elago Polytechnic of Namibia Evelina Kalenga University of Namibia Salome Klazen Polytechnic University Kadiva Nghipondoka University of Namibia Prof Diane Ashton Facilitator University of Namibia Introduction HIV AIDS is a topic that has been greatly discussed and researched due to its impact on human beings Ever since the HIV AIDS virus was identified people have been trying to find ways of educating others about this virus Many campaigns have been put into place and people have been made aware of the various effects of the virus We must remember that this virus has not only physiological effects but also major psychological effects This paper will focus on the psychological effects of the HIV AIDS virus on people living with HIV AIDS and their caregivers Those living with HIV AIDS will be referred to as infected while the personal caregivers and family members will be referred to as affected We define psychological effects as those thoughts feelings emotions that affect the mental state and well being of the infected and affected persons In the general HIV AIDS research statistics are used to present findings Statistics do not actually explain critical matters of concern such as the psychological manifestations of HIV AIDS This is of concern because the research done then becomes a matter of statistics and the other personal issues that are important are not thoroughly discussed It is in this light that the objective of this paper is to emphasize the importance of awareness of the psychological effects of HIV AIDS such as fear loss grief guilt denial anger anxiety low self esteem depression suicidal behavior and thinking and socio economic issues The psychological or internal challenges a person with HIV AIDS faces vary from individual to individual Not everyone will experience all of the emotional responses or stages of the



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