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Wondering at the ‘Special Universe’ of Gay Life in All Its Diversity

When the clinical psychologist Walt Odets began working with gay men in San Francisco in the mid-1980s, much of the therapy focused on trauma and shame. There was the reality of growing up gay in America combined with the catastrophe of the AIDS epidemic, which by 1989 had killed at least 90,000 people, including a number of Odets’s patients. More than three decades later, the gay men Odets now works with live in a markedly different world, one where they can marry and in which sex doesn’t come booby-trapped with the fear of death.

Published
02 June 2019
From
New York Times
UNAIDS survey aligns with so-called fourth 90 for HIV/AIDS

The survey echoes a trend in the community to take notice of mental wellness when thinking of public health interventions to fight HIV/AIDS.

Published
31 May 2019
From
The Lancet (free registration required)
PrEP May Offer Psychological Benefits to Gay, Bisexual Men at Risk for HIV

A new study has identified lower rates of sexual anxiety among gay and bisexual men taking pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP).

Published
24 April 2019
From
American Journal of Managed Care
Switchboard: Homophobia, HIV and hoax calls

Switchboard, the LGBT helpline, took its first call from a tiny office in the basement of a bookshop in King's Cross on 4 March 1974. To mark the 45th anniversary, people have been sharing memories of a charity that's helped millions across the world.

Published
05 March 2019
From
BBC
Older HIV patients struggle with loneliness and depression — and lack of services

Older people with HIV are frequently lonely and depressed, many of them face serious housing and financial hardships, and they have high rates of physical ailments — such as chronic pain, heart disease, diabetes and fatigue — that can diminish their quality of life. All of that’s been known for several years. But services to meet their needs still fall short, say people with HIV and the groups that support them, and simply quantifying their mental and physical health problems has been a challenge.

Published
21 October 2018
From
San Francisco Chronicle
Physical Activity Associated With Cognitive Benefits in Women Living With HIV

Physical activity may protect against cognitive impairment in women living with HIV, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Infectious Disease.

Published
20 September 2018
From
Infectious Disease Advisor
Brotherhood of Man: My Experience at a Spiritual Retreat for HIV-Positive MSM

On a warm weekend in July, 19 gay men living with HIV gathered in the Pocono Mountains in Pennsylvania for a a three-day body-mind-spirit retreat. I was one of them.

Published
28 August 2018
From
The Body
Patients With HIV Who Develop Depression Are Unlikely to Seek Treatment

Pharmacy TimesPatients With HIV Who Develop Depression Are Unlikely to Seek TreatmentPharmacy TimesThe study, published in JAMA Psychiatry, examined the association between the length of time a patient remains depressed and care outcomes among 5927 HIV-positive adult patients. Participants took multiple depressive severity assessments that were ...

Published
10 August 2018
From
Pharmacy Times
Fast Track Cities Quality of Life Survey

We invite people living with HIV in 29 cities to complete a 10-minute online survey that will can assist us in better understanding the quality of life issues that impact urban AIDS responses. Your name will remain anonymous, but through your input you will have a positive effect on the quality of life of the global community of people living with HIV. The 29 cities include Amsterdam, Athens, Atlanta, Bamako, Bangkok, Berlin, Brussels, Bucharest, Buenos Aires, Dar es Salaam, Denver, Durban, Geneva, Kingston, Lisbon, Libreville, Madrid, Melbourne, Miami, Montréal, Nairobi, New Orleans, New York City, Oakland, Paris, Rio de Janeiro, Salvador de Bahia, San Francisco, and Santiago. UK Fast Track cities (Brighton and London) can fill it in by checking "other".

Published
09 August 2018
From
IAPAC
How Are Early Members of ACT UP Adjusting Today?

A new study assesses the long-term impact of AIDS activism, including trauma, loss, posttraumatic growth and a belief in change.

Published
05 June 2018
From
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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