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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
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
‘Not quite normal’ – exploring poor mental health in gay men

Although legal and social equality for gay people is further advanced in the Netherlands than in most other countries, Dutch gay men have much higher rates of

06 February 2014
Roger Pebody
Happy people, safer sex

In a new study, researchers at Columbia University's Mailman School of Public Health report that HIV-positive men whose moods improved in a given week were more likely to have safe sex than they would in a normal week. In weeks where moods were worse than usual, they were more likely to have unprotected sex. Results appear online in the journal Health Psychology.

04 February 2014
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
Robert Levithan: The Happy AIDS Memoir

After almost dying from AIDS in 1994, I choose to pass on a hopeful vision filled with joy and possibility, but that doesn't mean that I have not also lived through loss and challenges. I am committed to radical happiness.

13 January 2014
Huffington Post
Why coming out can mean staying safe

Research shows that gays and lesbians are happier after coming out. It is often a relief to be open about our sexual orientation and not to have to hide who we are, which can be stressful and worrying. Indeed keeping your sexual orientation hidden can be detrimental to our mental health and has even been linked to higher rates of suicide amongst gay and bisexual, even in what are seen as forward thinking countries such as Sweden. In contrast, being out can help give us the space to be honest and acknowledge our feelings and form a positive minority sexual identity, which can help self-esteem and improve our relationships with family, partners, friends and work colleagues.

02 January 2014
GMI Partnership
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