The care paradigm for people with HIV has shifted from managing progressive illness with a poor prognosis to managing a chronic condition. Despite this improvement, people living with HIV continue to experience considerable stresses, so promoting their holistic wellbeing is a key aspect of long-term care.

This book provides an accessible introduction for healthcare professionals who work with people living with HIV. It is designed to help readers understand how care in practice can be more person-centred and psychologically focused, whilst promoting compassion, health and wellbeing. Topics covered include self-awareness, attachment theories and communication as well as key aspects of providing care for people living with HIV, such as stigma in young adults, neurocognitive issues, the sexualized use of drugs, managing neuropathic pain, and the needs of older adults living with HIV.

Invaluable reading for health professionals working within multidisciplinary teams that provide care for people living with HIV, this book is also a core text for those studying in the area.


chapter |5 pages


ByMichelle Croston, Sarah Rutter

chapter 1|24 pages

The good, the bad and the ugly

How do people living with HIV experience care in the health system?
ByIndia Amos, Roland Chesters, Angelina Namiba, Merial Rattue

chapter 2|15 pages

Self-awareness in HIV care

ByCaroline Ridley

chapter 3|19 pages

Seeing the whole person

A biopsychosocial perspective in HIV care
ByGemma Paszek, Kathryn Bourne

chapter 4|16 pages

HIV diagnosis

The impact on mental health and wellbeing
ByJames Meeks, Emma Jones

chapter 5|15 pages

Navigating stormy waters

Difficult conversations in HIV care
ByMichelle Croston, Stuart Gibson

chapter 6|29 pages

Traumatic beginnings, complicated lives

Attachment styles, relationships and HIV care
BySam Warner, Sarah Rutter

chapter 7|20 pages

Chemsex among men who have sex with men

A social psychological approach
ByRusi Jaspal

chapter 8|21 pages

The seemingly intractable problem of HIV-related stigma

Developing a framework to guide stigma interventions with young people living with HIV
ByTomás Campbell

chapter 9|16 pages

Multidisciplinary management of neuropathic pain in HIV care

BySarah Blackshaw, Hoo Kee Tsang, Catherine Heaton

chapter 10|17 pages

The psychological impact of ageing with HIV

ByShaun Watson, Alexander Margetts

chapter 11|23 pages

Neurocognitive issues for adults in HIV care

ByTomás Campbell, Alexander Margetts