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_HIV Management Today_: Mental Health & HIV, the Uncharted Territory Img

HIV Management Today: Mental Health & HIV, the Uncharted Territory

Doctors talk plenty about antiretrovirals; they talk about viral loads and CD4 counts; they talk about the physical effects of HIV and its treatment. It's long past time that the emotional and psychological effects of the virus got the attention th...

Not by Ourselves: The Essential Role of Family and Community in Maintaining Health -- A Blog Entry by David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W. Img

Not by Ourselves: The Essential Role of Family and Community in Maintaining Health -- A Blog Entry by David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

"While medications have altered the landscape of living and dying from the virus, it is increasingly clear that pharmacological interventions alone are not sufficient to achieve acceptable levels of linkage, entry and retention in care," social worke...

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Disclosure Among Teens Born Positive

"A study published by the Pediatric HIV/AIDS Cohort Study (PHACS) shows that, as with adults, disclosure of a positive HIV status to potential sex partners can be difficult for teenagers who were born HIV-positive," Enid Vázquez reports for _Positive...

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Emotional Wellness

Figuring Out the Cause

Some people with HIV experience emotional problems such as anxiety, depression, sleep disorders and nightmares, or mental problems such as foggy thinking, memory difficulties and loss of the ability to concentrate or focus. If...

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Depression Common in Transition to Menopause

As the body ages, changes in the production of hormones occur. The period when a woman's body begins the transition to menopause is called perimenopause. Women usually enter perimenopause in their 40s and the following changes can occur:

periods bec...

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Good Antidepressant Pill-Taking Linked to Better Antiretroviral Pill-Taking

In a study of U.S. veterans with HIV infection and depression, people who took antidepressant drugs according to schedule (good adherence) also took their antiretrovirals according to schedule most of the time.1 This finding is important because many...

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Depression and Wider Waist Linked to Sleeping Problem in People With HIV

HIV-positive people with depression and those with wider waists ran a higher risk of insomnia (difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep) in a study of people cared for by the U.S. military healthcare system.1 Compared with people without insomnia,...

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Examining Mental Health Needs of People Living With HIV

In this post in the blog, Nils Daulaire, director of the Office of Global Affairs in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), examines the mental health needs of people living with HIV, writing, "The burden of being HIV-positi...

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My Letter to HIV: A Letter From Valynn

Dear HIV,

You have been with me for almost 27 years, but I am still not used to you or comfortable with you. You came into my life when I was only 20 years old. You snuck into my life without warning; like a thief in the night. You lived with me for...

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The Insidious Effects of Trauma and PTSD

"Studies suggest 20% to 40% of HIV-positive people meet criteria for PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder], which is two to four times higher than in the general population," reports Michael J. Mugavero, M.D., in this PTSD overview for _Positively Aw...