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Chronic Pain Is a Huge, Underrecognized Problem for People With HIV

Living with chronic pain not only drags down quality of life, but it is also linked to poorer HIV-related health outcomes.

12 October 2018
How the myth about opioids and chronic pain affects people living with HIV

What are the benefits of long-term opioid use for people living with HIV, and what are the harms? To shed light on these issues, Jessica Merlin, MD, PhD, joins BETA from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. Dr. Merlin is an infectious disease physician, an addiction specialist, and she runs a chronic pain clinic for people living with HIV.

09 October 2018
BETA blog
Appropriate pain management may have role in key HIV treatment outcomes, suggests US research

Chronic pain was reported by a quarter of people living with HIV in an American study published in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. Among people reporting

30 August 2018
Michael Carter
Stigma and empty wallets make HIV positive people carry on despite pain

Up to three quarters of people living with HIV suffer from pain. The Conversation Africa spoke to Antonia Wadley about research that measured activity and resilience among people living with HIV and pain.

03 October 2016
The Conversation
Free new tool for health providers to assist physical rehabilitation in people living with HIV

The free website, entitled "How Rehabilitation Can Help People Living with HIV in Sub-Saharan Africa: An Evidence-Informed Tool for Rehab Providers", was adapted from a Canadian resource and is also downloadable for use on paper. It's designed to be a one-stop resource for physiotherapists, occupational therapists and other health workers who can quickly and easily research the most common HIV-related disabilities, and find evidence-based rehabilitation solutions

02 December 2015
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Nurse-led palliative care can be successfully integrated into routine HIV services in Kenya

Integrating nurse-led palliative care into routine HIV services has positive effects for the psychological wellbeing of patients taking antiretroviral therapy (ART), investigators report in The Lancet HIV. The study

09 July 2015
Michael Carter
Long-Term Painkiller Use Linked to Higher Death Risk Among HIV-Positive Individuals

Long-term opioid use conferred a 40% higher death risk in a prospective study of U.S. veterans with or without HIV. The heightened risk ran to 46% in veterans with HIV compared with 25% in those without HIV. Long-term benzodiazepine use also inflated death risk in this population.

17 June 2015
The Body
Medical cannabis company donates $1 million to explore plant’s healing potential

Medical marijuana producer National Green Biomed Ltd. has committed $1 million to the University of British Columbia to allow researchers to study the therapeutic effects of cannabis. The company has made an application and is awaiting approval from Health Canada to produce and sell medical marijuana. The contribution will support research by assistant professor of medicine M-J Milloy, who is studying marijuana’s potential to treat HIV, and alleviate pain and nausea caused by acute illness and medications used to combat HIV and AIDS.

09 June 2015
University of British Columbia press release
Uganda: women and girls bear burden of HIV caregiving

James Odong explores how the burden of caregiving falls heavily on girls, affecting their quality of life and education opportunities, as well as bringing added vulnerabilities.

07 April 2015
Key Correspondents
How does a ‘human rights based approach’ work out on the ground? Lessons from South Africa

While international rhetoric on HIV and AIDS frequently invokes human rights, putting these ideas into practice in specific settings remains challenging, according to a process evaluation of

29 October 2014
Roger Pebody
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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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