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JAC2011
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Re: So concerned about my mom.
      12/29/10 12:47 PM

Hi Dear Concerned Daughter,
I am a psychologist currently working with the Texas HIV Connection as a Training Specialist and read the Bodies posts weekly. Currently I am reworking a course that we will be teaching throughout the state of Texas entitled "Focus on Women" and I have been doing a lot of research while putting the course together and I have found that educating women about HIV/AIDShas been sadly lacking although currently world-wide women now comprise half or more of people who are living with HIV/AIDS. One sourse that might be helpful for your mother is HIV Wisdom for Older Women; hivwisdom.org. The site was created by an amazing woman who has lived with HIV for many years and she seeks to help older women who find themselves living with HIV as well. There is so much stigma around women being infected with the virus and many women do not understand that they are actually at higher risks to contract the virus than men. It might help your mother to discover this site, to find a support group that could help "normalize" her feelings around HIV and realize that she is not alone. It has been documented that depression is much more prevelant in women with HIV than with men and that depression can lead to further supression of the immune system. Let your mother know that she is not alone and that there are resources out there that work specifically with women who are living with HIV. I really admire your desire to help and your concern for her. I imagine that your care alone is benficial for her well being and that she loves you even more because for that. Blessed be.

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* So concerned about my mom. JJ77 12/23/10 05:33 PM
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