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How To Treat Depression When You Are Hiv Positive

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The Well Project

Women, Depression and HIV/AIDS

...Common in Women How Do I Know if I'm Depressed? Depression Can Cause Serious Problems Treatment Options Get Evaluated and Treated for Depression Depression Is More Common in Women While many people living with HIV (HIV-positive people) suffer from depression, it is more common in HIV-positive women than HIV-positive men. In some studies, HIV-positive women were twice as likely as men to be depressed (this is also seen in...
Ask the Experts


Hi there. Thanks in advance for your answers. I'm a 42 yrs old male with Hiv infection since 1993. I have exercised with weights since 1986 with some interruptions, but more or less constantly. I had Pneumonia in nov/2007 (CD4 count 113 at the...
Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Response from Nelson Vergel, B.S.Ch.E., M.B.A.

Program for Wellness Restoration
...(S-adenosyl-L-methionine) at 400 mg twice a day has been shown in a small study doing by ACRIA in NY to improve depression and fatigue in HIV positives. And it has the added benefit to be an antioxidant that has shown improvements in liver... Read more »

weight wasting being an adolescent hiv positive

My daughter is 17 and a year has passed since she began wasting weight. Now she weights 37 kg. We are from Argentina, Ive tried many psychological therapies with no result. My daughter is constantly depressed and deserts every treatment we start. Im...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
...The wasting is not a psychological symptom. In most people with HIV infection, it is a biological manifestation of caused by some of the chemicals released by the inflammatory response that the Read more »


Good Evening Dr. Horwath:I tested positive for HIV on July 03, 2006. Since I've been tested, my doctor and I have concluded that I begin meds, so I am taking Atripla as of now. I experience severe depression from time to time, and I really don't...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
You should seek an opinion from a good psychiatrist with experience in treating depression. I'm sure you have a wonderful doctor, but he or she may not be an expert in the use of antidepressants. Many times, any adjustment of the dose or switch to... Read more »

Depression, rates of success in treating

I seroconverted about 3 years ago, and got an AIDS diagnosis about 2 years ago. During the past 3 years I have experienced many ups and downs. At times I have been more successful than others in accepting the facts of my life as they are, and...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
With the treatments available today, we can expect that more than 80% of people with depression will experience substantial improvement. What is success in treating depression? It means feeling better, relief of the worst symptoms, a sustained... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Group Therapy Can Help Treat Depression Among HIV/AIDS Patients, Uganda Study Says

...People living with HIV/AIDS in Uganda who also have major depression have benefited from group therapy sessions, according to a study conducted by counselors Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Depression and HIV

...several physical disorders. About 5% to 10% of the general population gets depressed. However, rates of depression in people with HIV are as high as 60%. Women with HIV are twice as likely as men to be depressed. Being depressed is not a sign... Read more »
The Well Project

Women and HIV/AIDS

...than womenstill have HIV in the US, women are catching up. In some countries, HIV+ womenoutnumber HIV+ men. The proportion of HIV/AIDS cases among women has more than tripled from 8percent in 1985 to an alarming 27 percent in 2008. That means... Read more »
The Well Project

Did You Just Test HIV Positive?

... Table of Contents Normal Feelings Get Help and Support It's Better to Know HIV and Women Make a New Start Useful Info Sheets for Newly Diagnosed Getting an HIV diagnosis can feel like the worst news Read more »
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im going nuts plz help!!!!!!!

Posted by Jayjay28, 4 Replies
im going nuts plz help me somebody anybody.... i was just diagnosed positive about a few weeks ago and my bf came out neg, however we had unprotected sex when neither of us knew our status and now im the one whose positive and im so afraid that he... Read more »

Is there anyone in NYC I can talk to?

Posted by espoirnyc, 8 Replies
...I tested positive for HIV on August 19th 2009. I'm sure that date will forever be burned into my memory. I remember the counselor closing the door, taking Read more »

Diagnosed with HIV and AIDS at the same time!!!!

Posted by icantbelieve, 9 Replies
Last April, viral load over 500.000 and cd4 count 191. Overwhelming. I've been sad, lonely, on meds, always tired, lost weight, appetite, no one knows, live away from my family, no partner, with an infection on my skin since April that impairs my... Read more »

Here is a post I decided not to post

Posted by cunta_stalwart, 5 Replies
...home alone tonite, oh yes good fun jokes laughs and just as it was before except inside me was something else, dealing with HIV as a single person has got to be one of the most lonely things on this planet, Read more »