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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
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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...

As Women of Color Age, What Are Their HIV and Mental Health Needs? Img
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As Women of Color Age, What Are Their HIV and Mental Health Needs?

Tonya Taylor, Ph.D., a specialist in sexual health, walks us through the changes and challenges that can affect women of color who are aging with HIV or become positive later in life.

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Depression and HIV: The Search for Solutions in Sub-Saharan Africa

Reports of the psychiatric repercussions of HIV are on the increase worldwide. Research has found that one in three people living with HIV in sub-Saharan Africa suffers from depression.

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What's the Most Overlooked Issue in HIV Care Today?

Even with current HIV treatment, there are still barriers to care and complications. To help identify and address these obstacles, we asked some leading HIV experts and advocates what they think is the most overlooked issue in HIV care today.

Disclosure Programming: A Review of the Evidence Img
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Disclosure Programming: A Review of the Evidence

Although there may be significant benefits to disclosing an HIV status to others there may also be significant drawbacks. This review examines the evidence related to HIV disclosure and focuses on disclosure to sexual partners, family and friends....

Intensive HIV Partner Notification in Edmonton, Alberta Identifies People Who Don't Know They Are Living With HIV Img
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Intensive HIV Partner Notification in Edmonton, Alberta Identifies People Who Don't Know They Are Living With HIV

New partner notification guidelines were introduced in Edmonton in April 2010. Before 2010, no systematic process for partner notification existed. Since 2010, a dedicated partner notification nurse has provided partner notification services to all ...