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  • 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
  • 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.

    30 November 2016 | 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.

    31 October 2016 | The Body
  • 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.

    30 August 2016 | The Advocate
  • Having Sex With Poz Men Helped Kick My Fear of HIV

    The fear of contracting HIV has run my life for what feels like forever, and I’m not willing to let it control me any longer.

    23 August 2016 | The Advocate
  • South Africa: Depression risks and HIV – A major problem largely ignored

    Depression is a major issue in South Africa among people living with HIV, but has received little attention. New studies have highlighted strong links between HIV-AIDS and mental illness including depression, heightened risks of violence faced by children affected by the virus, and some ways to tackle the problem.

    09 June 2016 | Medical Brief
  • A National Nurse-led Audit of the Standards for Psychological Support for Adults Living with HIV

    NHIVNA is delighted to announce its first audit, which is a national clinical audit of psychological support and emotional well-being among adults with HIV infection in the UK.

    23 May 2016 | National HIV Nurses Association (NHIVNA)
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