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Depression Risk Factors With HIV -- Plus Screening and Diagnosis Keys

Mark Mascolini, The Center for AIDS Information & Advocacy; Posted Jun 23, 2:45 p.m. ET

Why is depression so prevalent in people with HIV infection? One inescapable reason is that depression ranks high among risk factors for HIV infection, so depression often precedes HIV infection and the two coexist after seroconversion.

Non-AIDS Mortality in England and Wales in HIV-Positive vs. General Population

Gareth Hardy, HIV i-Base; Posted Jun 23, 1:17 p.m. ET

In this historical cohort that included the first years of combination therapy, mortality rates among people with HIV were significantly higher than for the general population, even when AIDS-related deaths are excluded.

New HBV Drugs and Non-Viral Liver Disease in HIV-Positive People

Gareth Hardy, HIV i-Base; Posted Jun 23, 1:14 p.m. ET

Chronic hepatitis B infection affects 350 million people worldwide and causes more than 600,000 deaths per year. Despite the prevalence of this virus, it is still poorly understood. Several challenges include achieving a cure, understanding the natural history and reducing the risk of hepatocellular carcinoma.

Strategies for Improving the Hepatitis C Care Continuum for People Who Inject Drugs

Scott Anderson, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Jun 22, 3:05 p.m. ET

Researchers in the U.S. conducted a systematic review of interventions to improve access to hepatitis C care for people who inject drugs.

Share Your Stories!

Everyone living with HIV has a story to tell. Find out how to share your own experiences in one or both of the series below, which feature the writings of readers like you.

Day One With HIV: Finding Out Your Status, in Your Own Words

Regardless of where or how it happened, the day you received your HIV-positive diagnosis was likely among the most intense days you'll ever live through. Some of TheBody.com's readers have generously shared their experiences -- to reflect on how they've changed, and so that others would know that they too can survive, and even thrive, following that fateful day. How did you get through it?


Other Sides of HIV: People Taking HIV Meds Share Stories About Side Effects

Many types of medications can save or improve lives, but they can also have unintended consequences. For some people living with HIV, taking meds can be a complicated cycle -- and for others, a Sunday stroll. Medication side effects can be mild or life altering, horrible or even pleasurable; some people living with HIV never experience any at all. It seems like everyone's got a story about side effects. What's yours?

 

The New Affordable Care Act Anti-Discrimination Regulations and HIV: Strengthening Protections for Our Community

Carmel Shachar, AIDS United; Posted Jun 22, 2:44 p.m. ET

Recently, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services issued finalized Anti-Discrimination Regulations for the Affordable Care Act that prohibits discrimination in health care access and coverage.

Few Fat or Lean Mass Differences With Raltegravir Versus Protease Inhibitors

Mark Mascolini, TheBodyPRO.com; Posted Jun 22, 1:31 p.m. ET

Gains in peripheral or central fat did not differ through 96 weeks of treatment in antiretroviral-naive patients randomized to start raltegravir (Isentress) or a ritonavir (Norvir)-boosted protease inhibitor (PI).

Pointers on Depression Care in People With HIV: An 'Opportunity for Movement'

Mark Mascolini, The Center for AIDS Information & Advocacy; Posted Jun 22, 12:58 p.m. ET

"We know depression is highly prevalent in people with HIV infection, we know that it can be identified reliably and we know that much of it can be managed well," states Brian W. Pence, Ph.D. "At the same time we know that many HIV-positive patients don't have access to good mental health care elsewhere."

High Depression Rates With HIV -- and Its Scathing Clinical Impact

Mark Mascolini, The Center for AIDS Information & Advocacy; Posted Jun 22, 12:56 p.m. ET

More than 1 in 3 people infected with HIV in the United States has major depressive disorder, but almost half do not have a depression diagnosis in their medical record, according to analysis of a national probability sample of people in care.

My Health Tracker

My Health Tracker

My Health Tracker can help you organize your HIV treatment information privately and securely in one place. This way, you can take better charge over your health, and you and your doctor can have even more productive conversations about your treatment.

Registration takes only a couple of minutes, requires no personal info, and you'll be able to pick up where you left off at any time.

 

WHO Confirms Antiretroviral Therapy Reduces the Risk of Life-Threatening HIV-Related Infections

World Health Organization; Posted Jun 22, 11:16 a.m. ET

Adults and children with HIV who start antiretroviral therapy (ART) as early as possible reduce their risk of developing serious HIV-related infections, according to new findings published in the journal Clinical Infectious Diseases.

When Hepatitis C Treatment Failure Occurs

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Jun 21, 3:27 p.m. ET

Doctors in Madrid, Spain, have reviewed data from clinical trials as well as reports and analyses of treatment failure (due to relapse or other causes) when direct-acting antivirals (DAAs) have been used.

Child-Turcotte-Pugh -- Grading Severe Liver Disease and the Likelihood of Survival

Sean R. Hosein, Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange; Posted Jun 21, 3:27 p.m. ET

In cases of cirrhosis (severe liver injury and scarring of the liver), it is useful for doctors to know the likelihood of patient survival in the short- and medium-term so that interventions can be prioritized. Doctors have developed a scoring system called Child-Turcotte-Pugh (CTP) for this purpose.

#WhatWomenWant Website Launch

ATHENA Network; Posted Jun 21, 3:16 p.m. ET

ATHENA Network has launched new platform to unify the ongoing activities of the #WhatWomenWant campaign, which aims to improve the lives, health and safety of women and girls everywhere.


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