HIV positive patients are at high risk of schizophrenia
A recent study has found that patients who are HIV positive are at a higher risk of being schizophrenic.
HIV, or Human Immunodeficiency Virus, affects the immune system.
The study claims that HIV patients are six times more likely to have schizophrenia, compared with those who are not affected by the virus.
Researchers say that more study is needed on this topic.
The study was done on people with HIV and those without. Data was analysed along with medical histories of the research participants to understand their mental condition.
Most of the cases were reported from males.
Researchers say that people who have schizophrenia, but not HIV need to be monitored for the virus.
People affected by both need better care and psychiatric help.
Schizophrenia is a mental disorder that affects the social behaviour of the person. It also makes it difficult for patients to understand the difference between reality and imagination.