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  • Depression jeopardizes HIV care - Healio

    Depression jeopardizes HIV careHealioFrequent depression increases the risk that patients with HIV will miss primary care appointments, experience treatment failure and die, according to study findings published today in JAMA.

    23 February 2018 | Google Alerts HIV
  • Why Africa needs to start focusing on the neglected issue of mental health

    Mental health has historically been neglected on Africa’s health and development policy agenda. Faced with many challenges, including intractable poverty, infectious diseases, maternal and child mortality, as well as conflict, African political leaders and international development agencies frequently overlook the importance of mental health.

    09 February 2018 | The Conversation
  • 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.

    02 February 2018 | BETA blog
  • Study Finds Sustiva Not Strongly Linked to Suicidal Thoughts

    But that is not necessarily the case for those with preexisting mental health problems.

    31 December 2017 | Poz
  • 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.

    20 December 2017 | The Body Pro
  • Chemsex Has Always Been With Us

    Not before time, the gay press in London, realising we have a dangerous drugs-and-sex scene here that is killing gay men, has finally started to cover it in an analytic, compassionate and sober way (pun intended). I’m pleased about this, and pleased by this powerfully written piece by David Stuart (see https://www.gaystarnews.com/article/chemsex-will-defines-period-gay-history/#gs.3r47mag). No one has done more to help and rescue gay Londoners who have got lost in the maze of chemsex, and help them achieve self-respect and structure in their lives. And yet I disagree that Chemsex is anything new. We gay men have been always been furtive about the sex we sex we want and do, and have always sought private, intoxicated spaces to do it in.

    19 September 2017 | Huffington Post
  • Gay Black Men Confront Crystal Meth

    After experiencing the death of a friend who became addicted to crystal meth, Micheal Rice, a US film maker started asking gay black meth users -- many of whom inject the drug in addition to smoking it from a glass pipe -- whether they'd be willing to talk about their experiences on camera. That led to parTy boi, a raw and heartbreaking documentary Rice has made in which New York City gay black men talk (sometimes incoherently) about both using and dealing meth, sometimes while doing those things.

    06 July 2017 | The Body
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder and Long-Term Survivors: There Are Solutions

    I see signs of PTSD among LTS everywhere in my practice and among my friends. Like soldiers returning from war, many of us who survived the 1980s and 1990s are reluctant to talk about those times, choosing instead to avoid painful memories. It should not be assumed that all LTS experience PTSD, but it is incumbent upon health care providers and the community to recognize it and, when identified, provide assistance.

    03 May 2017 | The Body PRO
  • 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.

    18 January 2017 | 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.”

    19 December 2016 | CATIE
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