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Depression=Poor Adherence

Depression=Poor Adherence


First, the depressing (literally) news: 42% of adult HIVers suffer from clinical depression, and the condition hampers HIV treatment by making it difficult to properly adhere to medication regimens as well as through a effect unrelated to adherence that is not yet understood, according to a report in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. But there is a bright spot in this study of more than 3,300 HIVers: Treating depression with selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors'including such commonly prescribed drugs as Prozac, Paxil, and Zoloft'not only helps curb depression but also restores the effectiveness of antiretroviral therapy.

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