HIV and Mental Health Care

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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...

Dealing With Disclosure Img

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...

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Somatic Symptoms: Mental Health Approach and Differential Diagnosis

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Introduction 2. Screening for Somatic Symptoms 3. Assessment, Diagnosis and Management 4. Insomnia

1.  Assessment and Diagnosis
2.  [Management
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Trauma: Frozen Moments, Frozen Lives

The Trauma Continuum Immediate Effects of Trauma Long-Term Effects of Unresolved Trauma Getting Help For Serious Symptoms Trauma and HIV Common Symptoms of Unresolved Trauma

Trauma and HIV Risk Trauma and HIV Health

Trauma Therapy P...

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HIV-Positive People With Depression More Likely to Follow Treatment Regimens When Taking SSRIs, Study Finds

HIV-positive people with clinical depression who take the common antidepressants selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors are more likely to follow their treatment regimens, according to a study published in a recent online edition of the Journal of A...

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Trauma and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder in Patients With HIV/AIDS

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Introduction Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Presentation Diagnosis Management of Survivors of Trauma Acute Stress Disorder (ASD) References Further Reading

I. Introduction

Exposure to a traumatic ...

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Suicidality and Violence in Patients With HIV/AIDS

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Introduction Prevalence and Risk of Suicide and Violence Suicide Violence Assessment of Suicidal and Violent Behavior Detection of Suicidal and Violent Behavior Estimation of Risk for Suicide or Violence...

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Case Studies: Mental Health Case Series

Case #1: Management of Depression in the HIV-Infected Patient

A 46 year-old African-American male co-infected with HIV and Hepatitis C virus (HCV) presents for his routine medical appointment. Incarcerated for the past three years, he often reports ...

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Incarcerated People

Depression in the HIV-Infected Inmate


Mental illness is common among HIV-infected individuals. Outpatient studies of un-incarcerated HIV-infected patients reveal a prevalence as high as 54% for Axis I psychiatric disorders (major depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia ...