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
Addressing HIV in our communities, starts with brotherhood, caring about our lovers’ well-being, looking out for each other, not just the individual looking out for himself.
05 August 2015 | GMFA
Several studies have found that some people with HIV are more likely to have mental health issues compared to HIV-negative people. Most of these studies have focused on mental health issues such as anxiety and depression.
19 July 2015 | CATIE
A team of researchers at several universities and clinics in Montreal conducted a study to explore issues related to healthcare access and mental health among HIV-positive mothers. In detailed interviews with 100 mothers, the researchers uncovered several issues that affected the women’s mental health. The team made recommendations for doctors, nurses and other care providers, which, if implemented, could greatly improve the mental health and wellbeing of HIV-positive women who have children.
14 April 2015 | CATIE
Researchers at major clinical centres in the U.S. have collaborated to study potential causes of peripheral neuropathy (PN) among HIV-positive people in the modern era. They recruited about 500 people who were free from PN and monitored them for an average of two years, performing extensive assessments. Taking into account many issues, statistical analysis found that there were several factors associated with an increased risk for PN.
01 April 2015 | CATIE