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People with HIV Suffer from Depression Caused by Shame, Trauma, Substance Abuse

From women who need to address past trauma to young people addicted to street drugs, all people with HIV need support to fight depression. HIV is still a jarring enough diagnosis to plunge a patient into depression. With a chronic condition like HIV, depression can fuel additional problems, such as failure to take life-saving antiretroviral medications. In a day and age when the disease is manageable, it pains mental health professionals to see HIV-positive patients in the depths of depression. When depression is paired with HIV, the two diseases can feed off of one another.

Published
08 September 2015
From
Healthline.com
High rate of mental health issues found among some PEP users

Researchers in Boston found that people who sought PEP had a high rate of mental health issues. The Boston team strongly encourages healthcare providers who prescribe PEP to screen and treat potential patients for mental health issues.

Published
26 August 2015
From
CATIE
Chemsex in the city - it’s every gay man for himself

Addressing HIV in our communities, starts with brotherhood, caring about our lovers’ well-being, looking out for each other, not just the individual looking out for himself.

Published
05 August 2015
From
GMFA
Schizophrenia and HIV—Study underscores serious issues associated with dual diagnoses

Several studies have found that some people with HIV are more likely to have mental health issues compared to HIV-negative people. Most of these studies have focused on mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.

Published
19 July 2015
From
CATIE
Depression strongly associated with risky sex in UK gay men

HIV-negative gay men who have several symptoms of depression are more likely to report sex without a condom, according to a study presented to the British

Published
02 June 2015
By
Roger Pebody
People who don’t tell anyone else their HIV status have as good health outcomes as other people living with HIV

A large survey of people attending HIV clinics in the UK has found that those individuals who chose not to disclose their HIV status to other people

Published
01 May 2015
By
Roger Pebody
Québec researchers call for interventions to support HIV-positive mothers

A team of researchers at several universities and clinics in Montreal conducted a study to explore issues related to healthcare access and mental health among HIV-positive mothers. In detailed interviews with 100 mothers, the researchers uncovered several issues that affected the women’s mental health. The team made recommendations for doctors, nurses and other care providers, which, if implemented, could greatly improve the mental health and wellbeing of HIV-positive women who have children.

Published
14 April 2015
From
CATIE
Predictors of HIV-related peripheral neuropathy in the modern era

Researchers at major clinical centres in the U.S. have collaborated to study potential causes of peripheral neuropathy (PN) among HIV-positive people in the modern era. They recruited about 500 people who were free from PN and monitored them for an average of two years, performing extensive assessments. Taking into account many issues, statistical analysis found that there were several factors associated with an increased risk for PN.

Published
01 April 2015
From
CATIE
Good mental health associated with excellent adherence among people taking ART for prevention

Good mental health was the only significant factor associated with optimal pill-taking among people taking antiretroviral therapy (ART) for the prevention of sexual transmission of HIV,

Published
23 March 2015
By
Michael Carter
“An unspoken world of unspoken things”: a study identifying and exploring core beliefs underlying self-stigma among people living with HIV and AIDS in Ireland

Despite evidence that high levels of self-stigma exist among PLHIV, and is experienced to a far greater extent than stigma received from the broader community, there is a paucity of research aimed at understanding causes and functions of self-stigma, and an absence of interventions to mitigate its harmful effects. Understanding the core beliefs underlying self-stigma is therefore essential.This pilot study used a qualitative approach to analyse interviews and written statements to uncover core beliefs underlying self-stigma, the functions thereof, and strategies used to overcome it, among a heterogeneous group of PLHIV in Ireland. See http://www.aidsmap.com/The-diminished-self-HIV-and-self-stigma/page/2657859/, which is based on this project.

Published
18 March 2015
From
Swiss Medical Weekly

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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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