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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Across My Desk, new Studies and Reports on People with HIV and Bipolar




Across My Desk

Rates of Bipolar Among People with HIV Substantially Higher
source: bp magazine, winter issue 2014

"December 1, 2013 Fortaleza, Brazil---A new study has found substantially higher rates of bipolar disorder among people infected with HIV.  

Brazilian researchers who assessed outpatient adults with HIV identified bipolar in 8.1 percent of the people, compared to estimates of roughly 1.5 to 2 percent in the general population.  They also found the prevalence of bipolar 1 disorder was almost six times greater.

The authors said a better understand of the psychiatric conditions affecting people with HIV could help in improving long-term outcomes.  

The study, which appeared in the journal AIDS Care, was entitled, Prevalence of bipolar disorder in HIV-infected outpatient populations." 



Study: Mental Health Patients Up To 4 Times More Likely To Contract HIV

"Researchers found that 4.8 percent  or 51 individuals of the mental health patients receiving care were infected with HIV.  Of those found to be infected, 13 said they did not know they were HIV positive.  Study results also demonstrated that people with more sever symptoms of mental illness were at  higher risk for being HIV-infected.

The results of this important study highlight the need for research into integrated treatments for people with complex, co-occurring conditions like HIV and mental illness,” Dr. Dwight L. Evans, chair of Psychiatry, said in a press release.


The study, which is one of the largest studies to date to estimate HIV prevalence and risk factors among persons receiving treatment in mental health settings, was published Feb. 13 in the American Journal of Public Health."

For additional Facts on Mental Health and HIV from 2007 - present visit my homepage www.bipolarbear.us


RESOURCES:

To find a HIV Medical Provider visit HRSA (Health Resources Services Administration) Locater
Please remember when seeing your provider to also discuss your depression, severe depression and inquire about a mental health screening.

The Affordable Care Act and HIV/AIDS

Mental Health Screening-Hows your Mood?

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