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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?

Monday, February 17, 2014

Mood Swings yielding very little writing

Dear Readers,

This blogger is having a hard time with his writing.  With mood swings comes this problem of writing.  I'm hoping to bounce back soon, but did want you all to know I think about deadlines and keeping with three blog posts a month, a challenge for anyone.

I do have have shorts.

I was on the bus the other day, this bus goes to New York City from my home a distance of less then 3 miles, but the route can take a good hour, sometimes longer do to so many brain dead people.   This couple in front of me, husband and wife over heard me say out loud when a young man boarding the bus says is this the bus to New York, I'm like no we are all going to Atlantic City.  On the front of the bus reads 159 New York City and no the rider wasn't blind.

The women turns around and looks at me and I said I'm sorry for expressing out load, she said not a problem you took the words out of my mouth.

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This evening after leaving community event I offered to walk an 82 year old neighbor home, two blocks.  We get to his front door said thank you and then said would you like me to walk you home, we both had a good chuckle

Be safe, check back, I hope to be back with something a little more inspiring.


Stephen