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Mental Health in Hepatitis C: A European Expert Consensus Statement

European Liver Patients Association (ELPA) invited leading psychologists, psychiatrists and hepatologists to an expert conference in 2011. Martin Schaefer MD and his colleagues reviewed the scientific data and discussed their experience in the treatment of hepatitis C related psychiatric problems. The results were first presented at the EASL conference in Berlin in 2011. Since the conference, the recommendations were refined and updated further to include the new antiviral treatments, and will now be published as a “European Expert Consensus Statement“ in the Journal of Hepatology.

Published
09 October 2012
From
European Liver Patients Association
Starting HIV treatment reduces the risk of serious non-AIDS-related diseases

Serious non-AIDS-defining illnesses are common in people recently diagnosed with HIV, Spanish investigators report in the online edition of AIDS. “Clinicians should be aware that during the initial

Published
09 October 2012
By
Michael Carter
Pain and worry common problems for people with HIV receiving palliative care in Africa

People with HIV receiving palliative care have high levels of physical and psychological problems, according to the results of a study conducted in sub-Saharan Africa and published

Published
02 October 2012
By
Michael Carter
Double trouble: daily function and the impact of old age and HIV

Older age exacerbates the deleterious effect of HIV on daily functioning, investigators from the US report in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes.

Published
11 September 2012
By
Michael Carter
Pre-emptive Escitalopram Can Prevent Depression during Hepatitis C Treatment

Taking the antidepressant escitalopram (Lexapro) prior to starting hepatitis C treatment with pegylated interferon reduced the likelihood of depression as well as its severity if it did occur, according to a study described in the July 17, 2012, Annals of Internal Medicine.

Published
24 August 2012
From
HIVandHepatitis.com
Patients with pain have poorer engagement with HIV care

Pain in people with HIV is associated with an increased risk of missed appointments, investigators from the US report in the online edition of the Journal of Acquired

Published
22 August 2012
By
Michael Carter
Living With HIV: Are We "Damaged Goods"?

Discussion of stigma and how it affects people with HIV by HIV+ psychotherapist David Fawcett.

Published
16 August 2012
From
The Body
Long-term methadone treatment can affect nerve cells in brain

Long-term methadone treatment can cause changes in the brain, according to recent studies from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. The results show that treatment may affect the nerve cells in the brain. The studies follow on from previous studies where methadone was seen to affect cognitive functioning, such as learning and memory.

Published
16 August 2012
From
EurekAlert
Tripping the switches on brain growth to treat depression

Depression takes a substantial toll on brain health. Brain imaging and post-mortem studies provide evidence that the wealth of connections in the brain are reduced in individuals with depression, with the result of impaired functional connections between key brain centers involved in mood regulation. Animal experiments with a new protein called fibroblast growth factor-2 or FGF2 show that it can restore the connections that wither away in depression.

Published
16 August 2012
From
EurekAlert
The Global Perspective on HIV/AIDS and Mental Health

HHS is working at the global level to make sure that when addressing health needs, both physical and mental issues are taken into consideration.

Published
29 July 2012
From
AIDS.gov

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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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