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This Week in HIV Research: Disparities Drive the Epidemic

April 25, 2019: stigma and viral load among African-American women; U.S. HIV incidence sans racial disparities; the care continuum is failing young MSM; a moment of reckoning regarding HIV among U.S. youth.

By Barbara Jungwirth and Myles Helfand

Depression Linked to Cognitive Dysfunction in HIV-Positive Women

More research is needed to understand the connections between HIV, mental health, and the neurocircuitry that controls executive function.

By Martha Kempner

As Women of Color Age, What Are Their HIV and Mental Health Needs?

Tonya Taylor, Ph.D., a specialist in sexual health, walks us through the changes and challenges that can affect women of color who are aging with HIV or become positive later in life.

By Candace Y.A. Montague

Many Women Living With HIV Fear Abuse After Disclosure, Lack Access and Support

The British study found that women with HIV often face special concerns regarding their personal safety in sexual relationships -- and that they often don't even feel comfortable disclosing those concerns.

By Ikè Nwankpa

Depression Common in Transition to Menopause

As the body ages, changes in the production of hormones occur. The period when a woman's body begins the transition to menopause is called perimenopause. Women usually enter perimenopause in their 40s and the following changes can occur:

periods bec...

By Sean R. Hosein for Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange

Sexually Transmitted Disease (STD) Diagnoses and Mental Health Disparities Among Women Who Have Sex With Women Screened at an Urban Community Health Center, Boston, Mass., 2007

"A growing body of research documents mental health disparities among women who have sex with women (WSW) compared with women who have sex with men only (WSM)," the authors wrote. However, there is limited research on these indicators in conjunction ...

By CDC National Prevention Information Network

Sexual Minorities More Likely to Seek Mental Health Services, Study Finds

Lesbians, gays and bisexuals are twice as likely as heterosexual men and women to seek help from mental health professionals, according to a new study by the UCLA School of Public Health.

The study, published today in the journal BMC Psychiatry, exa...

By University of California-Los Angeles

Chronically Depressed Women With HIV Almost Twice as Likely as Others to Die From AIDS-Related Causes

A study of 1,716 HIV-positive women who were given blood tests and interviews twice a year for seven years from 1994 through 2001 found that those who met research criteria for chronic depressive symptoms were 2.2 times as likely to die of AIDS-relat...

By John S. James for AIDS Treatment News

Treating Depression Increases Likelihood of HAART Use

Since the early years of the AIDS epidemic, depression has been associated with poorer outcomes in people living with HIV (PLWH). In the pre-HAART era, PLWH with depression experienced a more rapid decline in their CD4+ cell count,1 while in the HAAR...

By Lisa Hirschhorn, M.D., M.P.H.