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Teaching happiness to men with HIV boosts their health

When individuals recently diagnosed with HIV were coached to practice skills to help them experience positive emotions, the result was less HIV in their blood and lower antidepressant use, reports a new Northwestern Medicine study.

Published
18 April 2017
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Living with diagnosed HIV infection for a long time is associated with poor quality of life

Longer time living with diagnosed HIV infection is strongly associated with depression, anxiety and poor quality of life, according to UK research published in HIV

Published
10 February 2017
By
Michael Carter
Having Sex With Poz Men Helped Kick My Fear of HIV

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.

Published
23 August 2016
From
The Advocate
Stigma persists in the undetectable era

In an era of widespread HIV treatment and undetectable viral load, stigma remains a persistent feature in the lives of almost half of people living

Published
28 July 2016
By
Roger Pebody
How do gay men diagnosed with HIV change their risk behaviour?

To what extent do gay men modify their sexual risk behaviour after testing HIV positive? Two Australian surveys conducted over the last few years have found that

Published
02 May 2016
By
Gus Cairns
Why being gay or bisexual gets easier with age: risk of suicide is SIX times higher in younger men

Young gay and bisexual men are twice as likely to suffer from depression and anxiety than older people with same sexuality, a study has found. Those under the age of 26 were six times more likely to attempt suicide or self harm compared to men over 45. But living in London or with a partner were both found to boost mental health.

Published
27 April 2016
From
Daily Mail
START study shows that people starting HIV treatment earlier have better quality of life

Rather than treatment side-effects having a negative impact on people’s quality of life when they start HIV treatment, data from the large randomised START study show a

Published
07 March 2016
By
Roger Pebody
Discovering Your Sexual Personality In a New Era of HIV

For the first time in generations, we have a chance to reclaim our sexual personality. For so long, sex brought death; now, sex can bring us to life again. Bur first, we have to re-teach our emotional brains. We have to break free from our chains and re-imagine our sexuality. How can we do this?

Published
20 February 2016
From
BETA blog
Telephone intervention can boost retention in care for HIV-positive patients with mental health and drug/alcohol problems

Retention in HIV care among patients with mental health and/or drug and alcohol problems can be improved with a telephone-based support intervention, but only if staff are able

Published
17 February 2016
By
Michael Carter
Depression Is Teaming Up 
With HIV to Kill 
Black Gay Men. 
Can We Stop It?

Black gay men, in particular, are bearing the brunt of these intersecting factors, leading them to experience higher rates of depression as well as increased HIV risks and negative health outcomes, including early death. Bottom line: Depression is teaming up with HIV to kill black gay men. But why?

Published
15 February 2016
From
HIVPlus Mag
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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