Nydia M. Cappas Marcos Reyes-Estrada Valerie Toro Viviana Hoyos Norma Delgado-Mercado Paulette Soto Greduvel Durán Angela Lozada


People living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA) are more likely to have mental health needs than the general population. Integrating behavioral health services in the primary care scenario has the potential to improve the physical and psychological well-being of PLWHA. However, this integration requires addressing fundamental issues, such as clinicians training, the development of new administrative processes, and addressing infrastructure issues. We describe the Primary Care Psychology Program (PCPP) in Puerto Rico created to address the mental health needs of PLWHA. PCPP provides care in a multidisciplinary and collaborative manner that focuses on HIV, uses behavioral measures to drive clinical decisions, and provides evidence-based treatments. In addition, the article presents preliminary findings from a retrospective chart review that evidenced improvements of CD4 counts, viral load, and depressive symptoms among PLWHA. We conclude that the primary care behavioral health model has the potential to address the complexities in HIV-care and improve the quality of life among PLWHA in Puerto Rico.




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Integrating Behavioral Health Care into HIV/AIDS Care Clinics in Puerto Rico. (2017). Revista Puertorriqueña De Psicologia, 28(2), 284-293. https://www.repsasppr.net/index.php/reps/article/view/368
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Integrating Behavioral Health Care into HIV/AIDS Care Clinics in Puerto Rico. (2017). Revista Puertorriqueña De Psicologia, 28(2), 284-293. https://www.repsasppr.net/index.php/reps/article/view/368