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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.

High Depression Rates With HIV -- and Its Scathing Clinical Impact Img

High Depression Rates With HIV -- and Its Scathing Clinical Impact

More than 1 in 3 people infected with HIV in the United States has major depressive disorder, but almost half do not have a depression diagnosis in their medical record, according to analysis of a national probability sample of people in care.

Depression Risk Factors With HIV -- Plus Screening and Diagnosis Keys Img

Depression Risk Factors With HIV -- Plus Screening and Diagnosis Keys

Why is depression so prevalent in people with HIV infection? One inescapable reason is that depression ranks high among risk factors for HIV infection, so depression often precedes HIV infection and the two coexist after seroconversion.

Pointers on Depression Care in People With HIV: An 'Opportunity for Movement' Img

Pointers on Depression Care in People With HIV: An 'Opportunity for Movement'

"We know depression is highly prevalent in people with HIV infection, we know that it can be identified reliably and we know that much of it can be managed well," states Brian W. Pence, Ph.D. "At the same time we know that many HIV-positive patients ...

When and How to Treat Depression -- and How to Make It Easier Img

When and How to Treat Depression -- and How to Make It Easier

"Standard psychotherapeutic and pharmacological treatments work as well or better in achieving full remission from depression in HIV patients compared to the general population," according to Duke University depression expert Brian Pence and colleagu...

Phone Calls Key in Improving Retention in Higher-Risk Patients Living With HIV Img
News

Phone Calls Key in Improving Retention in Higher-Risk Patients Living With HIV

An intervention to improve retention in HIV care had little impact on patients with depression or anxiety, alcohol use or drug use, in a 12-month study. However, among higher-risk patients who received at least 60% of intended intervention phone call...