My stepfather came back from Vietnam in the mid-1970s, a broken man with post-traumatic stress disorder and health complications that grew direr the older he got. I was talking with my friend Scott recently and couldn’t help but notice the similarities between the two men, veterans of wars they didn’t want to participate in, both still suffering from PTSD. Scott never served in the military. He is a veteran of the AIDS epidemic of the 1980s and ’90s, that first wave of battle before the enemy was known but not before his comrades were all killed.
30 August 2016 | The Advocate
The fear of contracting HIV has run my life for what feels like forever, and I’m not willing to let it control me any longer.
23 August 2016 | The Advocate
Depression is a major issue in South Africa among people living with HIV, but has received little attention. New studies have highlighted strong links between HIV-AIDS and mental illness including depression, heightened risks of violence faced by children affected by the virus, and some ways to tackle the problem.
09 June 2016 | Medical Brief
NHIVNA is delighted to announce its first audit, which is a national clinical audit of psychological support and emotional well-being among adults with HIV infection in the UK.
23 May 2016 | National HIV Nurses Association (NHIVNA)
Canadian researchers collaborated on a massive data analysis project that collected health-related information from more than one million people, a small fraction of whom (less than 1%) had HIV. Overall, HIV-positive people had “more co-infections but fewer chronic diseases” compared to HIV-negative people. Furthermore, they found that HIV-positive people were generally more likely to have experienced “depression and social isolation and the use of psychotropic medicines.”
24 March 2016 | CATIE
Tom Hayes writes: "As someone with near flawless adherence for the last four years I was shocked when I recently fell off the rails. It seems none of us are perfect."
18 February 2016 | Beyond Positive
A website providing the LGBTI community with information on drug use as well as sexual and mental health will be launched in Melbourne this week. The website describes a large number of drugs, how they are ingested and what the effects are, both short term and long term.
24 November 2015 | Gay News Network
Jake, 26 says: "I was amazed to find out that the number one killer of young gay men was not HIV, it’s suicide, but yet it seems all the gay community talks about is HIV and STIs. You want to talk about stigma? Try telling someone you are depressed and suicidal."
10 September 2015 | GMFA
From women who need to address past trauma to young people addicted to street drugs, all people with HIV need support to fight depression. HIV is still a jarring enough diagnosis to plunge a patient into depression. With a chronic condition like HIV, depression can fuel additional problems, such as failure to take life-saving antiretroviral medications. In a day and age when the disease is manageable, it pains mental health professionals to see HIV-positive patients in the depths of depression. When depression is paired with HIV, the two diseases can feed off of one another.
08 September 2015 | Healthline.com
Researchers in Boston found that people who sought PEP had a high rate of mental health issues. The Boston team strongly encourages healthcare providers who prescribe PEP to screen and treat potential patients for mental health issues.
26 August 2015 | CATIE