Unless mental health issues are regularly screened for and detected, adherence to antiretroviral therapy and maintenance of undetectable viral load can be affected.
A Swedish study underscores the need to screen HIV-positive people for mental health issues and offer treatment.
Researchers found that some smokers were more likely to have a "moderate-to-severe" degree of depression and engage in the use of street drugs and were less likely to have an undetectable viral load.
Text messaging, cognitive behavioral therapy, and supporter interventions improved antiretroviral adherence or viral suppression in a worldwide 85-trial meta-analysis.
Longer time with HIV infection -- but not older age -- predicted a higher prevalence of self-reported symptom distress, depression and anxiety, in a UK study.
Four months of cognitive behavioral therapy for depression and antiretroviral adherence significantly improved adherence and depression scores among people living with HIV.
Critically needed new resources for professionals are emerging -- an important step in the adaptation of the mental health workforce to meet the burgeoning needs of aging persons living with HIV/AIDS.
In a study with HIV-negative people who took part in a randomized clinical trial, researchers conducted long-term monitoring of a portion of participants and found that those who had depression and who were treated for it before cardiovascular diseas...
"Hope triggers a particular kind of trauma made complicated by its relationship to grieving," writes Keiko Lane, MFT. "The relentless activation is exhausting and antithetical to the emotional stability required for long-term resilience."
"Anxiety, fear, shame and othering perpetuate HIV stigma. Viral load stigma is now what exclusionary dating clauses of 'no positives' used to be. 'Are you clean?' now means viral load. It isn't serosorting; it's viral load sorting." writes Keiko Lane...