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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 ...

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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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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...

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Conference Coverage

CROI 2014: How Depression Impacts HIV (Video)

Esteban Martínez, M.D., Ph.D., and Karl Goodkin, M.D., sit down to talk about the connection between depression, control of HIV and heart failure. Overall, HIV-infected patients have a 45% lifetime risk of a depressive disorder, compared to a 4%-7% r...

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HIV More Prevalent Among People With Mental Problems

This article was reported by PsychCentral.

PsychCentral reported on a study in which researchers found that individuals receiving mental health care were more likely to be HIV-positive than those without mental health problems. From January 2009 to ...

Many Women Living With HIV Fear Abuse After Disclosure, Lack Access and Support Img
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Many Women Living With HIV Fear Abuse After Disclosure, Lack Access and Support

The British study found that women with HIV often face special concerns regarding their personal safety in sexual relationships -- and that they often don't even feel comfortable disclosing those concerns.

Suicide Risk Doubles Among HIV-Infected People Taking Efavirenz, Study Finds Img
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Suicide Risk Doubles Among HIV-Infected People Taking Efavirenz, Study Finds

Mental health really matters in HIV. We got a hugely important reminder of that this month in the form of new research regarding suicide and Sustiva (one of the drugs in Atripla).

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HIV Outcomes Could Improve by Integrating Treatment of Comorbid Mental Illness

Although individuals with HIV are living longer due to antiretroviral drug therapy (ART), many of them also suffer from psychological disorders such as depression, neurocognitive disorders, and substance use disorders. An international team from the ...