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Recently Diagnosed
Mar 9, 2005

I was diagnosed as HIV+ about 6 months ago and started meds about 1 month ago. I have a partner of about 4 years who is negative.

During this time, I have been having bouts of depression, which is normal I would assume, but it doesn't seem like I can get out of this rut. I have been looking into counseling, but was wondering which direction to take - psychologist, LCSW,Licensed Professional Counselor - what's the difference? I have done some research on counselors in my city - there is a list published by the local HIV/AIDS center of recommended counselors - only two of them are covered by my insurance, and they are LCSW. Should I go with the recommended list, or look for a PhD that is covered by my insurance? When calling an office, should I divulge my initial concerns right away - these being HIV+, my partner is negative, low sex drive, etc.?

Thanks for your insight.

Response from Dr. Horwath

I'm sure the HIV/AIDS center recommends counselors because they have an interest in HIV and the associated problems. Your best bet is to interview several therapists and choose based upon your level of comfort with them. Therapy is most effective when there is a good rapport between the patient and therapist.



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