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Patients with severe mental illnesses slip between cracks in HIV testing

People with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and major depression with psychosis may be up to 15 more likely than the general population to be HIV positive, but are only marginally more likely to be tested for the virus, according to a study headed by UC San Francisco.

Published
18 January 2017
From
Medical Xpress
High rates of injury found among some HIV-positive people in B.C.

Overall 14% of deaths among HIV-positive people were due to injury. In contrast, the figure among HIV-negative people was 6%. Furthermore, they stated that “the highest rates of injury among [HIV-positive] people were associated with falls and self-harm.” Among HIV-negative people, the top two causes of injury were “falls and motor vehicle accidents.”

Published
19 December 2016
From
CATIE
Behavioral Therapy Provides Depression and Adherence Benefits in HIV Study

Four months of cognitive behavioral therapy for depression and antiretroviral adherence significantly improved adherence and depression scores when compared with treatment as usual in a three-way randomized trial involving adults with HIV infection. Relative improvements in adherence and depression held up in the eight months after the interventions ended.

Published
30 November 2016
From
The Body Pro
Efavirenz Side Effects Include Suicide; It Could Have Been Me

I was on efavirenz for years. Within six months of dropping the drug altogether, I normalized. For the first time in years, I was not flooded with suicidal thoughts, addictions and crippling mental health woes.

Published
31 October 2016
From
The Body
French study reveals the growing complexity of medical needs as people with HIV age

The complexity of the needs of people living with HIV will continue to increase as the population ages, and clinicians need to go beyond thinking about co-morbidities

Published
25 October 2016
By
Keith Alcorn
Dolutegravir and central nervous system side-effects: abacavir, older age increase the risk

Insomnia, dizziness, headache and other central nervous system side-effects are occurring more frequently with everyday use of dolutegravir than clinical trials had suggested, and are most likely to

Published
25 October 2016
By
Keith Alcorn
Mental health disorders common among people with HIV in British Columbia

Over 50% of people with HIV, many from disenfranchised groups, in British Columbia, Canada, are living with a mental health disorder, investigators report in AIDS Care. Such disorders

Published
18 October 2016
By
Michael Carter
HIV-positive gay and bisexual men have increased risk of hospitalisation with anxiety and mood disorders, a risk factor for later mortality

HIV-positive gay and bisexual men are almost ten times more likely to be hospitalised because of mood and anxiety disorders than men in the general population, according

Published
07 September 2016
By
Michael Carter
Depression increases risk of heart attack for adults with HIV

Major depression is associated with an increased risk of heart attack for middle-aged HIV-positive people, investigators from the United States report in JAMA Cardiology. Overall, presence of

Published
30 August 2016
By
Michael Carter
HIV Survivors Face Their Own Vietnam

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.

Published
30 August 2016
From
The Advocate
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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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