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Impact of Insurance, Depression, Drugs and Alcohol on Steady HIV Care Img
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Impact of Insurance, Depression, Drugs and Alcohol on Steady HIV Care

HIV-positive adults in King County, Washington -- where access to HIV care is virtually universal -- nevertheless often cited insurance or financial barriers as reasons for being out of care. Other factors included depression (detected in more than t...

High Rate of Mental Health Issues Found Among Some PEP Users Img

High Rate of Mental Health Issues Found Among Some PEP Users

Boston researchers found mental health issues in more than 50% of post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP) program participants. By treating mental health conditions, they say, PEP providers are likely to improve patients' ability to take PEP and reduce their...

Depression Care Managers for HIV Patients Boost Depression-Free Days Img

Depression Care Managers for HIV Patients Boost Depression-Free Days

Depression care managers helping HIV providers pick appropriate antidepressants significantly relieved depression when compared with usual care, in a 300-person study. However, the plan had no impact on antiretroviral adherence or other HIV outcomes....

Pushing Back Against Challenges to Mental Health and Emotional Wellness Img

Pushing Back Against Challenges to Mental Health and Emotional Wellness

There are many biological and psychological factors faced by people living with HIV that can from time to time challenge their sense of mental health and emotional well-being. Researchers have found that people living with chronic conditions such as ...

Mood Stabilizers and Metabolic Issues Img
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Mood Stabilizers and Metabolic Issues

HIV-positive people are at increased risk for issues affecting their mental health and emotional well-being. In cases of severe mental health issues, a class of drugs called antipsychotics is sometimes used. Healthcare providers and some patients hav...

Unexpected Trends in Use of Psychotropic Medicines Img

Unexpected Trends in Use of Psychotropic Medicines

Psychotropic medicines are drugs that affect the chemical signals used by brain cells to communicate. These drugs can have an effect on behaviour and mood. Commonly prescribed classes of psychotropic meds include the following:

anti-anxiety drugs ...

Efavirenz and Suicide Risk Img

Efavirenz and Suicide Risk

The non-nuke efavirenz -- sold as Sustiva, Stocrin and found in Atripla -- has been commonly used as part of HIV treatment since the late 1990s. Efavirenz can be taken in a single dose and has potent anti-HIV activity when used as part of combination...

What Is HIV Contact Tracing and Why Is It Important? Img
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What Is HIV Contact Tracing and Why Is It Important?

HIV contact tracing -- also called partner notification -- is meant to encourage partners to test for HIV. Are current strategies working?

Unraveling the Impact of Trauma on People With HIV -- and Their Care Providers Img
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Unraveling the Impact of Trauma on People With HIV -- and Their Care Providers

When treating an HIV-positive person, it's already a fair amount of work, and sometimes quite the balancing act, just to focus on the numbers: CD4 count, viral load, lipid levels, renal markers, and so on. But for a massive number of people with HIV,...

HIV-Positive Living With Purpose: A Blog Entry by David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. Img

HIV-Positive Living With Purpose: A Blog Entry by David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

No one raised their hand. Their faces conveyed bewilderment, as if the idea had never occurred to them. I was sitting in a circle of men living with HIV, a weekly group I lead where we delve into both the complications and skills inherent with living...