Acta Scientific Neurology (ASNE) (ISSN: 2582-1121)

Short Communication Volume 6 Issue 3

Mental Health in HIV: Stigmatization and Discrimination

Daryus Heydari1*, Cagdas Kaya2 and Ayli Heydari2

1Department of Neurology, Private Afiyet Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey
2Faculty of Medicine, Maltepe University, Istanbul, Turkey

*Corresponding Author: Daryus Heydari, Department of Neurology, Private Afiyet Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey.

Received: October 11, 2022; Published: February 05, 2023


For about 2 years many factors such as social distancing, quarantine, school closures and less face-to-face communication have affected human mental health. Self-isolation, extra care for hygiene, fear of getting infected and lack of face-to-face contact created a world that is totally “online”. It is a fact that SARS-CoV-2 has an inevitable impact on the nervous system, but we should not forget mental health while thinking about the pathophysiology of the disease [1].

Keywords: COVID-19; HIV; Stigmatization; Mental Health


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Citation: Daryuş Heydari., et al. “Mental Health in HIV: Stigmatization and Discrimination". Acta Scientific Neurology 6.3 (2023): 16-17.


Copyright: © 2023 Daryuş Heydari., et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


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