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Latest by Judith G. Rabkin, Ph.D., M.P.H.

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Tasks for Friends and Family of those with HIV

Relationships, while enriching, are often complicated. When a friend or loved one becomes ill, such complications can become overwhelming. Those who care for and about people with AIDS need to recognize the double-edged effects of sympathy a

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Depression and Distress in Older HIV+ Adults

Little is known about the effects of aging on mood and cognitive abilities on people with HIV/AIDS. There is some basis for concern that older HIV+ people may have elevated rates of distress and disorder. Older people in general have fewer sources of...

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Beating Fatigue: How to Keep the F-Word From Running Your Life

By itself, fatigue is not a "disease." When persistent and severe, however, fatigue (feeling tired all the time, lacking stamina, having too little energy to do things) can disrupt one's life, interfering with daily activities, socializing, or fulfil...

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Rights and Responsibilities of Research Participants

Local newspapers and magazines such as Body Positive, flyers distributed at agencies and in clinics, and trials books list multiple opportunities for research participation for HIV-positive men and women. Some are surveys, which are not designed for ...

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DHEA: Is It Useful for Treating Depression?

Although there are many medications on the market approved for the treatment of depression, such as Prozac and Zoloft to name a few, they have been shown to be effective for major depression, a more serious condition. For milder but persistent depres...

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Adhering to Complex Regimens for HIV

Since the advent of antiretroviral combination therapy, adherence has become an extremely popular subject. The term appeared no less than seven times in the 1997 Federal Guidelines for the Use of Antiretroviral Agents in HIV-infected Adolescents and ...

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Meeting the Challenge of Depression in HIV

Both doctors and patients often assume that people with serious and progressive illnesses are likely to be clinically depressed, especially when they become very ill. However, findings from both cross-sectional and longitudinal studies of people with...

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Depressive Disorder and HIV Disease: An Uncommon Association

Among patients with HIV infection, clinical depression is the most frequently observed psychiatric disorder, affecting between 4 percent and 14 percent of gay men and non-drug-using women, with higher rates among both infected and uninfected injectio...

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The Good HIV Patient

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Talking to people with AIDS about what constitutes an effective patient and the factors that contribute to long-term survival elicits more complex responses than posing the same questions to physicians. Patients describe adaptive behaviors a...