Articles tagged with: HIV and mental health

People with HIV still expect a lower quality of life than their negative peers, European survey finds

published: October, 31, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, International AIDS Conference , As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Mental Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media

Nearly 40% with an undetectable viral load still consider themselves infectious. Gus Cairns reports on a European study commissioned by Gilead Sciences.

People with HIV still expect a lower quality of life than their negative peers, European survey finds

A study commissioned by the drug company Gilead Sciences and conducted in five European countries has found that, compared with their HIV-negative peers, people with HIV still expect to die sooner and think they are less likely to achieve a long-term relationship. The results were announced yesterday during the 16th European AIDS Conference (EACS 2017) in Milan, Italy. The survey found that 54% of HIV-positive people considered HIV to be a barrier to sex with others, and of them 87% (47% o

HIV and mental health: The elephant in the room

published: October, 11, 2017 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Social Media, Aging, Mental Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Living with HIV, Media

From CATIE Blog, Tammy c. Yates of Realize: "it is critical for HIV and mental health workers to strategize together to ensure that the mental health needs of people living with HIV are being addressed.."

HIV and mental health: The elephant in the room

In his famous poem “The Blind Men and the Elephant”, John Godfrey Saxe retells an Indian parable about three blind men who went to see an elephant. Of course, being blind, they could only ‘see’ the elephant by touching it. When asked to describe the elephant, one grabbed it by its trunk and said, “An elephant is like a snake!” The second man took his turn to touch it, pulled it by the leg, and confidently determined, “No, an elephant is like a tree trunk!” The third and final p

Setting our minds to it! Attending the Realize 2017 Forum on HIV and Mental Health

published: September, 22, 2017 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Aging, Social Media, Activism, Gay Men, General Health, Mental Health, Research, Health, Spirituality, Living with HIV, Media, Rob Olver - Editor

Rob Olver picks up a few shots of inspiration at Realize Forum 2017.

Setting our minds to it! Attending the Realize 2017 Forum on HIV and Mental Health

“Today, by examining from the personal perspective of PLWHIV we want to zero in on what has worked... in terms of accessing services; what needs to be improved, and by listening to people who developed and implemented programs that are innovative, what they think can be adapted elsewhere, plus find out how they did what they did and finally where can these services go next.” – Tammy C. Yates, Opening Remarks to Realize Forum 2017 Realize is the only national organization that has worked

Nationwide service to tackle loneliness and self stigma among people with HIV launched in Scotland

published: June, 26, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Mental Health, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Media

Leading HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust has launched a brand new, Scotland-wide peer support service, to enable people to live well with HIV.

Nationwide service to tackle loneliness and self stigma among people with HIV launched in Scotland

Although advances in medication mean that people with HIV can now live long and healthy lives medically, they still face stigma and discrimination, which can lead to isolation and low self-esteem. Nearly 60 per cent of people with HIV in Scotland have experienced low self-esteem, and a quarter have felt suicidal. [1] Now, Peer Support Scotland, funded by the Big Lottery Fund Scotland, will bring together people living with HIV to share their experiences, knowledge and advice, to support other

Claudia Medina wants you to talk about mental illness and HIV

published: June, 15, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Activism, Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy talks to well-known Toronto activist Claudia Medina about her own mental health issues and why she wants to start a conversation about what’s going on with other long term survivors

Claudia Medina wants you to talk about mental illness and HIV

Bob Leahy: Thanks for contacting me to speak about this, Claudia. Tell me first about your own situation in as much detail as you wish.  Claudia: It’s been 23 years since my diagnosis and then two years ago I was diagnosed with manic depression, or bipolar disorder.  Describe the symptoms Claudia, for those who don’t know.  In my personal experience I have dealt mostly with the symptoms of depression, but two years ago I started having signs of something else. I couldn’t sleep, lif

Living with HIV – and building a stronger mental state

published: May, 04, 2016 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Mental Health, Features and Interviews, Health, Living with HIV, Philip Minaker

Our Phillip Minaker talks to Toronto doctor in psychiatry Adriana Carvalhal, who says “Resolving detrimental behavior such as trauma, addiction, depression and violent behavior that are deep rooted requires the assistance of a trained professional”.

Living with HIV – and building a stronger mental state

“New treatments and their outcomes changed the disease. The focus shifted to building a stronger mental state to combat the personal struggles with being diagnosed as positive. Finding the roots of mental disorders and various addictions can prevent these issues from interfering with a healthy future as an HIV-positive individual”.  Over 35 years ago a new virus crept into our mindsets and began to impact the lives of millions of people around the world. The human immune system was unabl

The chicken and the egg

published: January, 14, 2016 Written by // Michael Yoder Categories // Mental Health, Health, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Michael Yoder

Michael Yoder says “I've been dealing with depression for the past nine years, and I've been thinking about the very circular nature of "negative" emotions.“

The chicken and the egg

“There are wounds that never show on the body that are deeper and more hurtful than anything that bleeds.”  Laurell K. Hamilton, Mistral's Kiss  I've been dealing with depression for the past nine years, and I've been thinking about the very circular nature of "negative" emotions.  The depression started when I burned out from my last job. I never was really allowed to be "down" after the job - the insurance company decided I was fine and I should go back to work. That started a mel

Perceptions versus reality

published: September, 16, 2015 Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Toronto’s Josh says “You can’t look at someone and know that they have HIV. And to hear someone who is facing the same things that I am facing just showed me how strong the stigma still is and how wrong perceptions still are.”

Perceptions versus reality

A few weeks ago, I had a phone call from Alex. I didn’t answer the call, but he left me a voicemail and sent an email asking to see me.  I was hesitant, because there is still so much anger and I wasn’t sure how I would react to seeing him after almost a year of on-again, off-again phone calls and emails. But, the part of me that still thinks there is some decency to the man? The part of me that thinks he might finally apologize? That part of me wanted to see him. So I agreed, but set a

Clean up the mess of your life

published: September, 14, 2015 Written by // Daniel Uy Categories // Yoga, Gay Men, Fitness and Exercise, Spirituality, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Daniel Uy

With self-care slipping, Daniel Uy gets some advice from an unusual source: “Slow down. Make more space.”

Clean up the mess of your life

Laying on the table with needles poking out of me, my acupuncturist turns and goes, “Do you want an answer or do you want a Daniel answer?”  When summer was approaching I was planning to take off my longest stretch off from work, also called vacation time, all at once. I was excited and a bit nervous. Apparently month-long yoga intensive trainings and being ill in bed do not count as vacation times off. Part of me was a bit concerned about income but mostly confident I would have enou

I lost my mind… until the NIH found it

published: August, 25, 2014 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Mark S. King

Mark S. King: “it was with some trepidation that I agreed to participate in a study for the National Institutes of Health (NIH) on cognitive function in people living with HIV."

I lost my mind… until the NIH found it

When I moved to Los Angeles in 1981, my first job as a struggling actor was making popcorn at the Chinese Theater on Hollywood Boulevard. My encounters with celebrity was limited to serving Diet Cokes to the occasional sitcom star.  Until, that is, one day when I was hanging out in front of the theatre browsing the cement footprints. A Rolls Royce pulled along at the curb, slowed by traffic. In the back seat, just feet from me, sat iconic star Carol Channing. She seemed as charmed by the fam

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