Patients suffering from HIV/AIDS often experience chronic pain due to the many diseases and infections they pick up as a result of a weakened immune system. It interferes with their quality of life and physical functioning, impacts adherence to antiretroviral therapy and HIV primary care, and is associated with significant psychological/social distress and substance use disorders.
Chronic Pain and HIV addresses all these complex issues that can influence pain care that can influence pain care for the patient with HIV and acts both as a primer and a comprehensive review to define the field of chronic pain management. Using a clear, clinical approach, key topics include the following:
- Musculoskeletal pain in individuals in HIV
- Headache in individuals with HIV
- Psychiatric comorbidities among individuals with HIV and chronic pain
- Potential benefit and harm of prescription opioids in HIV
- Pain at the end of life in individuals with AIDS
- Treatment of chronic pain syndromes in the HIV–infected person.
Edited by an outstanding team with extensive experience in HIV/AIDS and pain/palliative care, every chapter is written by a world–famous expert in their field who provides a thorough review of the relevant literature, including the very latest in management guidelines from the leading international societies.
Perfect for all those in primary care, as well as infectious disease specialists managing patients with HIV/AIDS, Chronic Pain and HIV provides sensible, straightforward clinical advice to ensure the best possible patient management.
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