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I Am HIV Positive and I Don't Blame Anybody -- Including Myself

"We are encouraged to think about [HIV] prevention and transmission in terms of responsibility. Someone must be at fault. Culturally, we hunt for secret villains," Kirk Grisham writes. In this Black AIDS Institute article, Grisham argues that this me...

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HHS Secretary Addresses Bullying and Teen Suicide

The problems of bullying and suicide are serious -- and children or adolescents who are, or are perceived to be, LGBT are at particular risk. We would like to note that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Education Secretary Arne Duncan highlighted t...

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Older Adults (Ages 50+)

Loneliness and HIV-Related Stigma Explain Depression Among Older HIV-Positive Adults

Service providers and researchers should "assert more aggressive and innovative efforts to resolve both psychosocial and physical health issues that characterize the graying of the AIDS epidemic in the USA," according to the authors of the current st...

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Holistic Treatments for Depression

Roughly 5 percent to 10 percent of the general population becomes depressed, but up to 60 percent of people with HIV experience depression, according to the New Mexico AIDS Education and Training Center at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences...

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Mental Health in HIV Seronegative and Seropositive IDUs in South Florida

"Injecting drugs are a primary vector for HIV transmission," and approximately one-third of HIV-infected people in the United States have a history of injection drug use, according to the study authors. In South Florida, urban injection drug users (I...

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Women

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 ...

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Antiretroviral Drugs Cut Suicide Rate in Swiss AIDS Patients, a Study Finds

A recent study led by an HIV expert at the University of Bern finds suicides among Swiss AIDS patients declined by more than 50 percent following the introduction of highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) in 1996.

Dr. Olivia Keiser and her tea...

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The Effect of Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder on HIV Disease Progression Following Hurricane Katrina

After any disaster, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a common psychological outcome. The researchers designed the current study to examine the effects of PTSD on disease progression among HIV-positive patients in metropolitan New Orleans, whi...

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Laughing Stock: How Improvisational Theater Helps People With HIV/AIDS

It's called the circus bow: You stand upright, throw your arms out and declare, "Ta-daaaa!" like a ringmaster. But in this case, the people doing it aren't in a circus: They're HIV-positive people participating in an improvisational comedy class offe...

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HIV Stigma and Disclosure: Can Social Support Help?

HIV Stigma and Disclosure One might wonder how much our friends and family influence our lives. Being HIV-positive, we rely on our social network for advice, emotional support, and information. In order to receive this support, we have to disclose ou...