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  • Reminder of vaccination (3rd dose)

    To ensure the effectiveness of vaccination against hepatitis A and B (Twinrix), three (3) doses are required :

    1re


    2e :

    1 month after the first dose

    3e :

    6 months after the first dose

    This tool lets you send a friendly reminder for your third dose of vaccine.

    Please enter the date of the second dose as well as your email address. You will be notified within five (5) months.

    Date of the second vaccine:

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    HIV and Depression

    Depression and HIV

    What is depression? Am I really depressed… or perhaps I'm just tired? It is true that it’s not always easy to figure it out. Is it fatigue, job-related burnout or depression?

    First off, to be able to say that someone is suffering from major depression, the person must have been experiencing five to nine symptoms related to depression for two weeks.

    To help you get a clearer idea, you should ask yourself if your mood is depressed (every day or almost), or if your levels of interest and pleasure have decreased.

    Then ask yourself if you have at least four of the following symptoms:

    1. Loss of appetite and loss of at least 5% of body weight per month.
    2. Insomnia or hypersomnia (more rare).
    3. Agitation or psychomotor slowness (feeling listless).
    4. Fatigue and loss of energy.
    5. Feelings of guilt or lack of self-esteem.
    6. Trouble concentrating.
    7. Reoccurring thoughts of death and suicide.

    30 to 60% of people affected with HIV may suffer from depression.

    Depression is the most common psychiatric condition affecting HIV-positive patients.

    It affects well-being and quality of life.

    It can lead you to forgetting to take your anti-HIV drugs.

    Risk factors 

    • Being female.
    • Previous history of depression.
    • Failure of pharmacological treatment.
    • Number of years living with HIV.
    • Resilience with respect to HIV (capacity to adapt).
    • Keeping HIV-positive status a secret.
    • Another psychiatric diagnosis (e.g., substance abuse).
    • Weak social support.
    • Low level of education.

    — Dr. Emmanuel Tremblay, Ph.D., neuropsychologist  

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