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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.

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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 ...

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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...

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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....

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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...

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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 ...

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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...