The population is so vulnerable because the stigmatized place that transgender people occupy in society translates into extremely high rates of poverty, substance abuse, mental health difficulties, homelessness and incarceration — all of which increase the odds of having sex without condoms or sharing needles, the two most common ways that HIV is spread in Read more
People with bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and major depression with psychosis may be up to 15 percent more likely than the general population to be HIV positive, according to a study headed by UC San Francisco.
The comorbidity of HIV and a serious mental illness such as bipolar disorder or schizophrenia presents multiple challenges for patients and clinicians. Emerging evidence suggests, however, that a collaborative approach to care — with HIV treatment and mental health services offered together in one location — may be a viable, effective strategy for managing these Read more
In 2014, an estimated 16,146 people were living with HIV in Dallas County, according to data from Dallas County Health and Human Services. HIV cases were disproportionately high among African-Americans, and 58 percent of new diagnoses were in people younger than 35.
Reports by the Kenya AIDS Response Progress Report 2014, confirm that stigma against people living with HIV is still high, despite Kenya making progress in cutting HIV infections. And mental illness is associated with witchcraft, a situation that places people living with mental health problems as outcasts.
A Dallas AIDS service organization was awarded a $1.75 million grant by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that will focus on the release of Texas prisoners who have HIV/AIDS.
The reasons are complicated, but poverty, social stigma, lack of health-care infrastructure and more rural geography likely all play a role.
In a seven-year study comparing HIV-positive women to HIV-negative women, researchers didn’t find any significant differences in behavior between the groups. “It was the most depressing study because it was only by the grace of God that women were negative. They were doing the same risky things that the positive women were doing,” says Gail Read more
Gay and bisexual men are at increased risk of acquiring the virus that leads to AIDS if they have mental health problems, according to a new study.
For science reporter David Adam, he’s obsessed with HIV. Adam’s new book The Man Who Couldn’t Stop chronicles his experiences and takes a wider look at how medical understanding and treatment of the disorder have changed over the years.
For Franklin and thousands of other people with HIV, the federal Affordable Care Act brought a lot of hope. But the law didn’t live up to expectations, especially in Texas.