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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...

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Men Who Have Sex With Men

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...

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Endocrine/Sexual Dysfunction

Self-Reported Sexual Difficulties and Their Association With Depression and Other Factors Among Gay Men Attending High HIV-Caseload General Practices in Australia

In the current study, the researchers investigated gay men's self-reports of several sexual problems. While it is known that sexual expression affects physical, mental, and social well-being, there is a lack of understanding of sexual dysfunction in ...

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Antidepressants Can Significantly Reduce Viral Load by Improving Adherence Among Homeless or Marginally Housed Patients, Study Says

In this interview, Alexander Tsai, M.D., Ph.D., discusses the results of his study exploring the effect of antidepressant use on HIV viral load.

My name is Alexander Tsai. I'm a physician at Langley Porter Psychiatric Institute at UCSF [the Univers...

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Dealing With Disclosure

We sat down with Luna Luis Ortiz, who has worked with at-risk and HIV-positive youth for 20 years, to discuss how disclosure issues affect his work.

When I was diagnosed with HIV at the age of 14, I dealt with it and had an optimistic attitude. I fo...