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HIV and Mental Health Care

Pointers on Depression Care in People With HIV: An 'Opportunity for Movement'

An Interview With Brian W. Pence, Ph.D.

    Brian W. Pence, Ph.D.
    Brian W. Pence, Ph.D., associate professor, Department of Epidemiology, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill
    Dr. Pence has become a leading researcher on mental health and behavioral issues in people with HIV infection. His recent work includes the randomized SLAM DUNC trial assessing the impact of measurement-based antidepressant therapy and a study of psychiatric comorbidity and consequences in HIV-positive people with depression. With Kathryn Whetten, Dr. Pence coauthored the second edition of You're the First One I've Told: The Faces of HIV in the Deep South (Rutgers University Press, 2013), integrating qualitative findings from the first edition with quantitative findings on more than 600 HIV-positive people in the US Coping With HIV/AIDS in the Southeast (CHASE) longitudinal cohort. He holds an M.P.H. in epidemiology from Columbia University and a Ph.D. in epidemiology from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill.
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    "To me that's the main difference between HIV patients with depression and a typical primary care patient population: People with HIV often have additional psychiatric diagnoses that can complicate the response to treatment."
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    "One of the big gaps in primary care and other nonpsychiatric management of depression is that an antidepressant may be started, but it may be many months before there's any sort of assessment of whether it's helping."
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    Mark Mascolini

    Mark Mascolini writes about HIV infection.

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