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Why some people don’t want to start HIV treatment

Researchers in the European Union and Australia conducted research into perceived barriers to starting ART. A primary barrier for HIV-positive people is not feeling sufficiently unwell or having symptoms. Doctors delayed initiation of ART when they perceived patients to be suffering from depression, if there was substance use or if they believed that patients did not understand the need to adhere to HIV medicines.

Published
19 February 2014
From
CATIE
LGB individuals living in anti-gay communities die early

In the first study to look at the consequences of anti-gay prejudice for mortality, researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health found that lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals who lived in communities with high levels of anti-gay prejudice have a shorter life expectancy of 12 years on average compared with their peers in the least prejudiced communities. "The results of this study suggest a broadening of the consequences of prejudice to include premature death," noted the study's lead author, Mark Hatzenbuehler, PhD, assistant professor of Sociomedical Sciences. The study is online in the journal Social Science & Medicine.

Published
16 February 2014
From
Mailman School of Public Health
‘Not quite normal’ – exploring poor mental health in gay men

Although legal and social equality for gay people is further advanced in the Netherlands than in most other countries, Dutch gay men have much higher rates of

Published
06 February 2014
By
Roger Pebody
My Diagnosis

What's it like to be newly diagnosed today? Guest writer Scotspozlad found out he was HIV-positive in October 2013. Here he tells what happened and how he felt about it.

Published
04 November 2013
From
Positive Lite
One in 10 UK men who call suicide helplines are gay

British charity The Samaritans have revealed how thousands of calls to the listening service are from men confused, depressed or even suicidal over their sexuality.

Published
25 October 2013
From
Gay Star News
Charles Stephens: The Risk of Loneliness

Last week I tweeted, "Thinking about loneliness as a driver for HIV infection among black gay men." I think that the issue of loneliness is perhaps critical to how we think about HIV prevention and treatment issues.

Published
17 October 2013
From
Huffington Post
States of mind: improving mental wellbeing in the HIV community

People living with long-term medical conditions experience higher levels of poor mental health and emotional well-being, and this is exacerbated for people living with HIV. This report, based on a survey of nearly 200 people living with HIV demonstrates the impact of mental health for people living with HIV socially and in managing their medication and highlights the lack of effective support. It concludes with recommendations to improve support and resources for people living with HIV to better manage emotional well-being.

Published
23 September 2013
From
Positively UK
Adult content warning: Gary tells DirtyBOYZ about his Party Times

From a free gay London gay scene magazine: a methamphetamine/mephedrone sx-party user talks frankly about his highs, lows and health worries.

Published
12 September 2013
From
David Stuart
Mental health “blind spot” limits MSM HIV interventions

Gaps in mental health care for men who have sex with men (MSM), a population disproportionately affected globally by HIV, are limiting effective treatment and care for both HIV and mental illness, experts say.

Published
05 August 2013
From
IRIN Plus News
HIV defines me, whether I like it or not

I had convinced myself that HIV would not, had not impacted on my life. I was to carry on living pretty much like I had before. I would not be different because of it. I would the same old me.

Published
29 July 2013
From
Living with HIV (blog)

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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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