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We need to talk about how Grindr is affecting gay men’s mental health

As a gay psychiatrist who studies gender and sexuality, I’m thrilled with the huge strides we’ve made over the past decade to bring gay relationships into the mainstream...But I’m worried by the rise of the underground digital bathhouse. Apps like Grindr, with 3 million daily active users, and others like Scruff and Jack’d, are designed to help gay men solicit sex, often anonymously, online. I am all for sexual liberation, but I can’t stop wondering if these apps also have a negative effect on gay men’s mental health.

Published
05 April 2018
From
Vox
'The magic of cinema': the club supporting older people with HIV

The Terrence Higgins Trust initiative aims to combat loneliness and encourage discussion through a shared love of film.

Published
21 February 2018
From
The Guardian
Marijuana may help HIV patients keep mental stamina longer

A chemical found in marijuana, known as tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, has been found to potentially slow the process in which mental decline can occur in up to 50 percent of HIV patients, says a new Michigan State University study.

Published
07 February 2018
From
Michigan State University
What is AIDS Survivor Syndrome?

Last November, long-term survivors in San Francisco—and other interested community members—gathered to hear Ron Stall, PhD, from the University of Pittsburgh, present his research on AIDS Survivor Syndrome.

Published
02 February 2018
From
BETA blog
Social Connectedness and HIV: Strategies for Better Health

As medications for HIV improve longevity, other psychosocial factors such as social isolation have greater negative impact on the overall well-being of people living with HIV. The health benefits of improved social connectedness are well documented.

Published
07 January 2018
From
The Body
Middle-aged HIV-positive people have increased risk of 'silent' cerebral vascular disease linked to more severe health problems

Prevalence of silent cerebral small-vessel disease (CSVD) – an important precursor to more serious neurocognitive conditions – is significantly higher among middle-aged HIV-positive people compared

Published
02 January 2018
By
Michael Carter
All Nurses Are Mental Health Nurses

"All nurses are mental health nurses," said Jeffrey G. Miller, D.N.P., APNP, ACRN, speaking about his 30 years of experience treating HIV and comorbid health concerns on Nov. 2 at the 2017 Association of Nurses in AIDS Care (ANAC) conference. During Miller's presentation, he reviewed the importance of understanding that mental health, like HIV, is treatable with a combination-treatment approach comprising therapy, support groups, and medication management.

Published
20 December 2017
From
The Body Pro
People with HIV still expect a lower quality of life than their negative peers, European survey finds

A study commissioned by the drug company Gilead Sciences and conducted in five European countries has found that, compared with their HIV-negative peers, people with HIV still

Published
27 October 2017
By
Gus Cairns
Psychological impact of PrEP: beyond efficacy and cost-effectiveness

The impact of PrEP on quality of life in reducing HIV-related anxiety and more dynamic and fulfilled sex lives is potentially as important as hard endpoints for reduced HIV infections. Mitzy Gafos presented experiences from using PrEP as part of the UK PROUD study, based on semi-structured interviews with 41 participants.

Published
06 October 2017
From
HIV i-Base
Chronic pain common in people living with HIV

HIVMA comprehensive guidelines recommend screening everyone with HIV, offering multidisciplinary treatment focusing on non-drug options.

Published
14 September 2017
From
EurekAlert
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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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