One of the main outcomes of the Ageing with HIV Project of the EATG (2016-2018, https://www.ageingwithhiv.com/) was the identification of mental health as a key neglected area, and its importance for the quality of life for People living with HIV. This finding is also supported by scientific evidence, which suggests that mental health problems are one of the most significant areas of comorbidity for people living with HIV worldwide and are more prevalent among people living with HIVthan the general population.
The HIV & Mental health project aims to explore the existing knowledge about the interplay of mental health, well-being and HIV and translate it into practical recommendations for both community organisations and healthcare professionals in the European context. The recommendations advise on how to develop a supportive and integrated framework within the HIV care setting, which provides people living with HIV with access to prevention, screening, treatment and care for mental health problems. This framework will take into consideration the specific needs of vulnerable populations and address the issue of substance use. A European network bringing together the different stakeholders in the field of mental health and HIV will beformed and a platform for them to interact will be established.
The project is mainly addressed to: 1) community, people living with HIV as well as persons working in community HIV organisations at the local, regional or international level in the European context and 2) healthcare professionals who provide prevention, treatment and care services for people living with HIV. Other key stakeholders are national/EU-level decision-makers and agencies in the health sector and international organisations working in the mental health field. Researchers/academia and industry working in the HIV field will also be closely linked to during the project.
The main activities of the project are:
The expected specific outcomes of the project are:
|EATG contact person(s):||Marina Cognée – firstname.lastname@example.org|
Anton Basenko – email@example.com
|Duration of the project/initiative:||March 2020 to December 2021|
|Project/initiative Main Partner(s):||n/a|
|Main Funding Sources:||Gilead Sciences, Merck Sharp and Dohme (MSD), ViiV Healthcare Europe Ltd|
|Communication Disclaimer:||The HIV & Mental health project has been developed by the EATG, and was made possible through a grant from Gilead Sciences, Merck Sharp and Dohme, and ViiV Healthcare Europe Ltd. EATG acknowledges that the sponsors had no control or input into the structure or the content of the initiative.|
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