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Africa: Depression "overlooked" in treating HIV patients

HIV patients in Africa frequently suffer shame and depression but the continents health systems are ill-equipped to handle the issue, which not only affects their quality of life, but can lead to poor adherence to HIV treatment regimens.

Published
07 December 2011
From
IRIN Plus News
Exercise can substitute effectively as second 'medication' for people with depression

Exercise can be as effective as a second medication for as many as half of depressed patients whose condition have not been cured by a single antidepressant medication.

Published
24 August 2011
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
The epidemic of mental illness: why?

Is the prevalence of mental illness really that high and still climbing? Or are we learning to recognize and diagnose mental disorders that were always there? On the other hand, are we simply expanding the criteria for mental illness so that nearly everyone has one? And what about the drugs that are now the mainstay of treatment? Do they work? If they do, shouldn’t we expect the prevalence of mental illness to be declining, not rising?

Published
28 June 2011
From
New York Review of Books
The illusions of psychiatry

How objective is the American Psychiatric Association’s Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM)? Why is the pyschiatric profesison so dependent on the pharmaceutical industry for status? Why is the behaviour of  American children increasingly the trigger to medicate them?

Published
28 June 2011
From
New York Review of Books
It Gets Better Because We Grow Stronger: An Interview With Leading Gay Men's Health Expert Dr. Ron Stall

"I'm part of a research group that has conducted a set of investigations into syndemic production among gay men, and we were able to show that epidemics of substance use, depression, childhood sexual abuse and violence victimization are intertwining and making each other worse and in the process raising risk for HIV transmission."

Published
03 May 2011
From
Huffington Post
Why isn't there a global movement to combat noncommunicable diseases?

In Moscow on Thursday, health ministers from around the world gathered to discuss a serious global health crisis: the rise of non-communicable diseases (NCDs) like heart disease, stroke, depression, and cancer. Their goal is to replicate the successes of a similar meeting held nearly a decade ago, when the United Nations General Assembly convened a special session to combat HIV/AIDS.

Published
29 April 2011
From
New Republic
Anti-inflammatory drugs reduce effectiveness of SSRI antidepressants

A study in mice and in a human population shows that use of anti-inflammatory drugs reduces the effectiveness of SSRIs, the most widely used class of antidepressant medications.

Published
25 April 2011
From
Eurekalert Medicine & Health
US: Access To Mental Health Drugs Among Vulnerable Populations Living With HIV Is Affected By State-Level Factors

The relative size of a state's federal Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program allocation, a state's political orientation and its concentration of psychiatrists influence the time-to-adoption of psychotropic drugs on state AIDS Drug Assistance Program formularies.

Published
14 April 2011
From
Medical News Today
New Analysis Finds Antidepressants Boost Patient Adherence to Hepatitis C Treatment

An observational analysis of Medco clients has found that antidepressant treatment was associated with signficantly higher rates of adherence to interferon treatment for hepatitis C infection.

Published
12 April 2011
From
PR Newswire
A third of HIV-positive gay men show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder

A study has found that one third of gay and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV show signs of post-traumatic stress disorder. Researchers were surprised to find that starting HIV medication was the strongest trigger for PTSD.

Published
19 August 2010
From
Pink News
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Community Consensus Statement on Access to HIV Treatment and its Use for Prevention

Together, we can make it happen

We can end HIV soon if people have equal access to HIV drugs as treatment and as PrEP, and have free choice over whether to take them.

Launched today, the Community Consensus Statement is a basic set of principles aimed at making sure that happens.

The Community Consensus Statement is a joint initiative of AVAC, EATG, MSMGF, GNP+, HIV i-Base, the International HIV/AIDS Alliance, ITPC and NAM/aidsmap
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