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Complex needs and overlapping vulnerabilities frequently reported by 'high-risk' gay men in Scotland

A quarter of Scottish gay men who are newly diagnosed with HIV or a rectal sexually transmitted infection (STI) report two or more vulnerabilities such as problematic

Published
07 July 2014
By
Roger Pebody
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.

Published
02 July 2014
From
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.

Published
02 April 2014
From
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.

Published
14 March 2014
From
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.

Published
05 March 2014
From
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.

Published
27 February 2014
From
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.

Published
21 February 2014
From
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.

Published
19 February 2014
From
CATIE
‘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

Published
06 February 2014
By
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.

Published
04 February 2014
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
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