Managing mentally and physically challenged HIV patients

J Natl Med Assoc. 2009 Dec;101(12):1283-6. doi: 10.1016/s0027-9684(15)31140-8.


Management of mentally and physically challenged patients is complex, as it can involve ethical, social, and medical issues, and adding the provision of human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) care further complicates management. There continues to be limited information in the literature in caring for these types of patients. We provide 2 unique HIV cases--one who is mentally challenged and the other who is blind--and how management was approached. A list of select resources to aid both providers and patients is provided.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Blindness
  • Disabled Persons / psychology*
  • HIV Infections / physiopathology*
  • HIV Infections / psychology*
  • HIV Infections / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Intellectual Disability
  • Male
  • Mentally Ill Persons / psychology*
  • Middle Aged
  • Patient Compliance
  • Treatment Refusal