HIV/AIDS Blog Central: Perspectives From the HIV/AIDS Community
Tattooing With HIV: A Slap in the Face
By Brian Ledford
April 14, 2014
Yesterday, I contacted a local tattoo parlor about possibly getting some work done. I have 3 tattoos and 3 piercings. I not only want some new work, but I also want to get some touch-ups on a few of the ones I have. Yes, tattoos and piercings are addictive and once you get one, you always want another.
Why Talking About HIV & AIDS in Rural Communities Is Important (Video)
By Patrick Ingram
April 13, 2014
An additional piece in my series "HIV in the Rural Community."
In the Cut
By Antron Reshaud Olukayode
April 11, 2014
"No cellphones gentleman" said the bouncer.
Introducing Project Haven (Video)
By Nolan Hill
April 9, 2014
Sometimes all it takes is hearing a story that you connect with to realize that everything is going to be OK. I want to make sure everyone knows that you are not defined by your disease and that there's so much more, and that you are still you.
An Ill Partner, an Ailing Pet: When the Tables Are Turned
By Bob Leahy
April 8, 2014
Last time I wrote on this topic I expressed the thought that with many HIVers now living long and productive lives they would increasingly be required to be caregivers rather than recipients of care. My partner is undergoing treatment for prostate cancer, after all. and while the prognosis is pretty good, the balance of who needs help in our relationship, physical and emotional, and who doesn't, has shifted.
Esconder Que Estoy Enferma No Es Algo Bueno
Por Maria T. Mejia
8 de abril de 2014
Este mes de abril será el 25 aniversario conviviendo con el VIH. Los últimos 2 años de vivir con el VIH han sido los más difíciles para mí y muchos no saben esto. No me gusta para mostrar o decirle a la gente cuando me siento enferma, y es muy frustrante para mí saber que estoy haciendo todo que debo y más y todavía se siente como que estoy como un bebé -- y cualquier virus anda en el aire lo cojo y estoy enferma de nuevo. Parece que no he podido tener un descanso. He escrito antes acerca de sentirse atrapado ... nunca completamente enfermo de hospitalización y nunca 100 por ciento saludable para sentirse bien.
Hiding When I Am Sick Is Not a Good Thing
By Maria T. Mejia
April 8, 2014
This April will be my 25th anniversary living with HIV. The last 2 years of living with HIV have been the hardest for me and many do not know this. I don't like to show or tell people when I feel ill, and it is very frustrating for me to know that I am doing everything I am supposed to and then some, and still feel like I am a baby -- exposure to any virus or bug and I am sick once again. It seems I haven't been able to catch a break as far as getting ill and I have written before about feeling stuck ... never completely ill for a hospitalization and never 100 percent healthy to feel good.
24-Year-Old Former Porn Model Given an AIDS Diagnosis
By Jermaine Wright
April 8, 2014
So I'm doing my usual Facebook searching, and came across a very interesting video of a former porn model who, at 24 years old, was diagnosed with AIDS. Justin Washington, more publicly known as Snow Bunni, recorded a video for The Luckey Star Blog of himself in a hospital bed discussing his recent diagnosis, briefly explaining who he was, and very briefly touching on how the party lifestyle took him over.
Infected! Oh, My!
By Rev. Andrena Ingram
April 5, 2014
How many of you remember being told that you had tested positive for the antibodies which cause HIV? I remember it like it was yesterday! The results were shocking, nothing would EVER be the same! I was filled with dread, I was filled with shame, and I was filled with fear. Took me a few years to get comfortable in my skin.
When People With HIV Became Suicide Bombers
By Mark S. King
April 2, 2014
Maybe we should blame the criminal prosecutions of people with HIV on the mythical legend of Gaetan Dugas, also known by his slanderous nickname, Patient Zero. Dugas was a gay flight attendant from Canada who, according to Randy Shilts' 1987 book And the Band Played On, was among the first people with HIV in the United States.
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