Unless mental health issues are regularly screened for and detected, adherence to antiretroviral therapy and maintenance of undetectable viral load can be affected.
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...
"Not everyone can get to undetectable. And not everyone who does stays there. My fear concerns who gets left out of the conversation about the possibilities and meanings of survival when undetectable signifies success," writes Keiko Lane.
Sofosbuvir + Velpatasvir (Epclusa) -- Improvements in Quality of Life, Energy and Emotional and Mental Health
Researchers found that among participants who received sofosbuvir + velpatasvir (Epclusa), aspects of mental health assessed began to improve significantly by the fourth week of the study.