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Getting to 90-90-90 Requires Attention to Mental Health Img

Getting to 90-90-90 Requires Attention to Mental Health

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, Behavioral Therapy Improve Adherence in Global Study Img

Text Messaging, Behavioral Therapy Improve Adherence in Global Study

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 -- Not Age -- Tied to Symptom Distress, Depression, Anxiety Img
Older Adults (Ages 50+)

Longer Time With HIV -- Not Age -- Tied to Symptom Distress, Depression, Anxiety

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.

Behavioral Therapy Provides Depression and Adherence Benefits in HIV Study Img

Behavioral Therapy Provides Depression and Adherence Benefits in HIV Study

Four months of cognitive behavioral therapy for depression and antiretroviral adherence significantly improved adherence and depression scores among people living with HIV.

New Clinical Resources: Mental Health Needs of People Aging With HIV/AIDS Img
Older Adults (Ages 50+)

New Clinical Resources: Mental Health Needs of People Aging With HIV/AIDS

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.

U.S. Researchers Explore the Impact of Depression on Heart Attack Risk Img
Cardiovascular

U.S. Researchers Explore the Impact of Depression on Heart Attack Risk

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...

The Trauma of Hope: A Psychotherapist Reflects on False Cure News -- A Blog Entry by Keiko Lane Img

The Trauma of Hope: A Psychotherapist Reflects on False Cure News -- A Blog Entry by Keiko Lane

"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."

The Undetectable Problem: Dating, Sex and Criminalization (Part 2) Img

The Undetectable Problem: Dating, Sex and Criminalization (Part 2)

"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...

The Undetectable Problem: Trauma and Adherence (Part 1) Img

The Undetectable Problem: Trauma and Adherence (Part 1)

"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 Img
Hepatitis C

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.