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  • Looking for a Link Between Sexual Identity and Alcohol Use

    A common perception held among researchers and lay-people alike is that alcohol plays a larger role in the lives of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) individuals than for people who identify as heterosexual. But to say that a larger percentage of LGB individuals drink more often, more heavily, and with greater negative consequences may be oversimplifying the facts.

    17 December 2014 | BETA
  • IDWeek 2014: Efavirenz Not Linked to Suicide in Analysis of Insurance Records

    The non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitor efavirenz (Sustiva, also in the Atripla single-tablet regimen) was not associated with a higher rate of suicidal thoughts or attempts in an analysis conducted by manufacturer Bristol-Myers Squibb (BMS), researchers reported at the 2014 IDWeek meeting last week in Philadelphia.

    16 October 2014 | HIVandHepatitis.com
  • Gay people have 'poorer health' and 'GP issues'

    “Lesbians, gays and bisexuals are more likely to have longstanding mental health problems,” The Independent reports, as well as “bad experiences with their GP”. A UK survey found striking disparities in survey responses compared to heterosexuals.

    09 September 2014 | NHS Behind the Headlines
  • Common HIV Drug May Boost Suicide Risk

    A medication commonly used to treat HIV appears to double the risk that patients will develop suicidal thoughts or take their lives, new research contends. The finding concerns the anti-HIV drug efavirenz, which is marketed as Sustiva.

    02 July 2014 | Web MD
  • Quality of life for people with HIV in the UK remains poor, despite treatment successes

    Compared to the general population, people with HIV experienced lower HRQoL in all of the areas they were questioned about, but especially anxiety and depression. Being female, non-white, without children and having a lower level of education were associated with lower HRQoL. The negative effect of HIV on overall HRQoL was similar to heavy smoking.

    02 April 2014 | British HIV Association
  • The maternal mental health of migrant women

    Pregnant and early postnatal migrant women are a heterogeneous and far more diverse population group than has previously been experienced. Migrant women experiencing maternal mental health related illnesses face practical barriers and cultural factors which may prevent them from seeking help.

    14 March 2014 | Better Health
  • Intimate partner violence in men who have sex with men is linked to adverse health effects

    Intimate partner violence (IPV) among men who have sex with men (MSM) is linked to greater risk of mental and physical health symptoms, substance misuse, and sexually transmitted infections, according to a research article published in PLOS Medicine.

    05 March 2014 | HIV / AIDS News From Medical News Today
  • HIV Rate Is Four Times Higher Among Mental Health Patients

    People receiving care for mental illness are four times more likely to have HIV than the general population, and many are unaware of their status.

    27 February 2014 | AIDSMeds
  • Special issue: mental health needs of older adults living with HIV

    This issue addresses some of the complex and evolving mental health needs of older adults living with HIV.

    21 February 2014 | American Psychological Association
  • Why some people don’t want to start HIV treatment

    Researchers in the European Union and Australia conducted research into perceived barriers to starting ART. A primary barrier for HIV-positive people is not feeling sufficiently unwell or having symptoms. Doctors delayed initiation of ART when they perceived patients to be suffering from depression, if there was substance use or if they believed that patients did not understand the need to adhere to HIV medicines.

    19 February 2014 | CATIE
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