Mental Health

Social determinants of health linked to HIV mortality rates

published: March, 27, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Research, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

People with HIV in Ontario still dying at higher rates than the general population.

Social determinants of health linked to HIV mortality rates

 Courtesy of St. Michael's Hospital Dr. Sean Rourke, a neuropsychologist at St. Michael's Hospital and scientist at its Centre for Urban Health Solutions,  TORONTO, March 19, 2018 -- People who are living with HIV in Ontario have access to good health care and medications, yet they are still dying younger and at substantially higher rates than the rest of the population, according to a new study published today. The findings suggest that the overall well-being of these people is being neg

Learning from Saskatchewan’s HIV emergency

published: March, 22, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, As Prevention , Hep B and C, Current Affairs, General Health, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Media

"...as a nurse, and as a human, I remain disappointed at what I perceive to be the lack of an adequate and equitable HIV response in Saskatchewan." From CATIE Blog, Susanne Nicolay shares the benefit of her 24-plus years' experience there.

Learning from Saskatchewan’s HIV emergency

Saskatchewan has led the country in the rate of new HIV infections and the proportion of people living with HIV since 2009. The HIV epidemic in this province is unique from other jurisdictions in Canada in that more than three-quarters of our new infections occur in people who use injection drugs (the Canadian average is less than 14%). The roots of public health challenges such as HIV and hepatitis C, however, go much deeper than addiction and substance abuse. They started long ago, and they

Fear of stigma perpetuates stigma.

published: March, 15, 2018 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Youth, Kimutai Kemboi, Mental Health, Health, International , Opinion Pieces

From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi on self stigma and the healthy benefits of disclosure

Fear of stigma perpetuates stigma.

As people living with HIV, we go through a series of challenges, one after the other. Testing positive is a big issue and as we try to cope with the situation another life threatening issue arises; stigma. Stigma sounds like a simple word but it is intense enough to take someone's life. It is an 'opportunistic infection' on its own that can only heal on bold people or those people who can take the bull by its own horns. The weak souls will find it hard to fight. As we know, stigma comes in t

HIV doesn’t define a parent’s power to love

published: March, 14, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Research, International , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Media, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

People living with HIV often feel cut off from society and judged by their decision to become parents. From FS Magazine, Mark Mesiti reports on an initiative to help end the stigma.

HIV doesn’t define a parent’s power to love

Photo © Shutterstock.com / WaveBreakMedia Despite significant medical advances, increased awareness and the ability to live a full life with HIV, a social stigma still exists around people with HIV having a family. This stigma does not just affect the LGBT community; it is very much a mainstream issue. Does a stigma exist? With almost 50% of HIV-positive respondents in a recent European study commissioned by Gilead Sciences stating that they felt having HIV would be a barrier to them ha

Beyond stigma: challenging STBBI stigma in the classroom

published: March, 13, 2018 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Youth, Mental Health, Health, Research, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Media

From CATIE blog, Brittany Neron and Makeda Zook blog about "Beyond the Basics", a sex ed curriculum companion resource that doesn't use fear- and risk-based messaging

Beyond stigma: challenging STBBI stigma in the classroom

Sex education is a largely stigmatized and often politically volatile subject, even though access to comprehensive sexuality education is enshrined in international law as a human right. The standard of sex ed that is taught across Canada is uneven, and even when it is scientifically accurate, it is often delivered in a risk- and fear-based way, particularly when it comes to teaching young people about safer sex and sexual transmitted and blood borne infections (STBBIs). Fear- and risk-base

Patients with HIV six times as likely to have schizophrenia

published: March, 13, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Mental Health, Health, International , Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

"... researchers indicated that time from schizophrenia diagnoses to death was significantly short for those with HIV than those without." From MD Mag, Kevin Kunzmann reports.

Patients with HIV six times as likely to have schizophrenia

There is a six-fold prevalence of schizophrenia in people with HIV than that of the population without the virus, according to the results of a Vancouver, BC, Canada-based study. The study, presented at the 25th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Boston, MA, this week, found a distinct association between the mental disorder and HIV — a relationship sparsely analyzed before. Researchers from the British Columbia Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS in Vancouver,

Sad, sad tears of a clown pt. one

published: March, 07, 2018 Written by // Isaac D. Joseph Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Isaac D. Joseph, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Isaac D. Joseph on living with HIV and depression.

Sad, sad tears of a clown pt. one

“Now if there's a smile on my face it's only there trying to fool the public…But don't let my glad expression give you the wrong impression… Like a clown I appear to be glad…But ain't too much sadder than the tears of a clown when there's no one around – Smokey Robinson The saddest kind of sad is when your tears can’t even fall and you feel nothing. Your world has ended, you don’t cry, you don’t speak, you don’t hear, you don’t see. You just stay there sunken and hollow an

Chronic depression leads to poorer engagement with key stages of HIV care continuum, say US researchers

published: February, 28, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Mental Health, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports on a study designed to examine the association between chronic depression and clinical outcomes.

Chronic depression leads to poorer engagement with key stages of HIV care continuum, say US researchers

Increased time spent living with depression is associated with poorer engagement with the HIV care continuum, investigators from the United States report in JAMA Psychiatry. Chronic depression was associated with missing appointments, a detectable viral load and an increased mortality risk. “We found that a greater proportion of time spent with depression increased the risk of missed primary care appointments and lack of viral suppression in a dose-response manner,” comment the autho

Stopping stigma in you will stop stigma against you!

published: February, 22, 2018 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, Kimutai Kemboi, General Health, Mental Health, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi writes on the importance of self-acceptance.

Stopping stigma in you will stop stigma against you!

I have experienced a great change in my life since I accepted my status and decided to move on. Unlike my past, when I used to live without peace and my heart full of guilt and pain. Things drastically changed when I acknowledged that I was HIV-positive and decided to lead a positive life. Now I can smile, make fun and interact with people freely, without fear of victimization nor stigmatisation because the guilt is no longer part of me. I used to fear issues to do with stigma but I came to

High prevalence of hypertension among HIV-positive patients in the US with 'missed opportunities' for its diagnosis and control

published: February, 14, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, General Health, Mental Health, Health, Research, International , Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

“We found that about 1 in 8 patients has undiagnosed and untreated hypertension,” write the researchers. From AIDSmap, Michael Carter reports.

High prevalence of hypertension among HIV-positive patients in the US with 'missed opportunities' for its diagnosis and control

  There is a high prevalence of hypertension among HIV-positive patients in the United States and many of these individuals are not receiving hypertensive therapy, investigators report in Clinical Infectious Diseases. Overall, 42% of patients were classified as hypertensive and 13% of these patients were undiagnosed with a further 26% with uncontrolled high blood pressure despite therapy. “We found that about 1 in 8 patients has undiagnosed and untreated hypertension,” write the researc

Marijuana may help HIV patients keep mental stamina longer

published: February, 12, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Alternative Therapies, Aging, Social Media, Mental Health, Research, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Media

Marijuana may help HIV patients keep mental stamina longer

A chemical found in marijuana, known as tetrahydrocannabinol, or THC, has been found to potentially slow the process in which mental decline can occur in up to 50 percent of HIV patients, says a new Michigan State University study. “It’s believed that cognitive function decreases in many of those with HIV partly due to chronic inflammation that occurs in the brain,” said Norbert Kaminski, lead author of the study, now published in the journal AIDS. “This happens because the immune sys

Ed Wolf's Journal of the Trump years for February: am I waiting for nothing?

published: February, 05, 2018 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Social Media, Aging, Activism, Gay Men, Current Affairs, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Ed Wolf, Media, Opinion Pieces

Ed Wolf: "I’m so over all the hoopla about Trump's first 100 days; I’d rather celebrate and acknowledge more important events..."

Ed Wolf's Journal of the Trump years for February: am I waiting for nothing?

Photo of hospital bed from the internet Day 149.  The Big Bed There were times on the AIDS ward, during the worst days of the epidemic, when several patients died on the same day. Broken-hearted lovers and friends and family members would circle the bed and weep as their beloveds departed. There were other days when everyone was well enough to be discharged and live another day. As soon as the bed was available, someone else would be admitted. Sometimes, when there was an empty bed, a docto

For auld lang syne: a letter to HIV-negative me

published: January, 24, 2018 Written by // Isaac D. Joseph Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, General Health, Newly Diagnosed, Mental Health, Isaac D. Joseph, Spirituality, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Isaac D. Joseph addresses his former, HIV-negative self: "My beautiful black sheep, be unapologetically proud of who you are..."

For auld lang syne: a letter to HIV-negative me

It has been five years since that day you were attacked and raped and as a result of that rape you were transmitted the HIV virus. On the day you find out that you are HIV-positive you are instantly thrown into a whirlwind of psychological and biological warfare mixed with 24 years of emotional baggage that we should have let go years ago, but nothing fuels a grudge better than anger. Right now you’re probably somewhere in a hotel room, getting high as a Georgia pine, listening to Erykah B

So you tested positive for HIV

published: January, 19, 2018 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, Social Media, As Prevention , Kimutai Kemboi, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Newly Diagnosed, General Health, Mental Health, Health, International , Sexual Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

Kimutai Kemboi of Kenya offers his best advice for those newly diagnosed with HIV.

So you tested positive for HIV

So you tested for HIV a few hours, days, weeks, months or years ago and you found out that you are HIV-positive. I know that was the last thing you expected, yet you must have been worried since that day you messed up somewhere or unwillingly/unknowingly got involved in a mess. Don't even burden yourself with thinking of that; it is absolutely not important. What is important is what you do after getting the facts. Immediately you saw two lines appearing in that testing kit, your mind went i

Attitudes towards men who ‘bareback’ are a barrier to wider use of PrEP

published: January, 16, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, General Health, Mental Health, Research, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Lifestyle, Guest Authors, Media

From NAM AIDSmap, Roger Pebody reports on two Toronto studies that shed light on how PrEP stigma is affecting PrEP uptake.

Attitudes towards men who ‘bareback’ are a barrier to wider use of PrEP

Two new qualitative studies from Toronto shed light on how stigma affects the uptake of pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) and the experience of taking it. In the first, young gay men acknowledged that they did not always use condoms but did not see themselves as the kind of ‘barebacker’ for whom they thought PrEP was intended. “PrEP embodies the notion of bareback sex, which traditionally has been associated with negative elements, and it is quite clear that the young gay men in this re

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