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'Tis the Season for Adherence: Holiday Tips for Living Well With HIV


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A Cold Reception

The holidays are a time for cold weather in many parts of the world, but it can be worse if it's also a time for cold shoulders from family members. Some relatives may not be very supportive, or may not be able to get past the stigma they attach to HIV. Feeling alone or depressed can affect a person's ability to take their HIV meds on time. For those of you who feel that way, reach out to people who love you, go to support group meetings or visit your friends instead. Aaron Laxton has been there around holiday time, and has some advice to share:

"Nobody has to be alone on the holidays. Everybody has somebody out there; you just have to seek them out. Make plans now and don't be alone. Also, your HIV status does not mean that people will not love you and people will not care for you. There are people out there who love you regardless of your HIV status."

Watch Aaron's video for more strategies for getting through the holidays.

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Reader Comments:

Comment by: Barry (Memphis,TN) Fri., Dec. 11, 2015 at 12:07 am UTC
I was diagnosed with AIDS in June of '98,and at that time,it was considered a DEATH SENTENCE! LOVE yourself,LOVE your FRIENDS,DO what you feel you need to do!
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Comment by: dolores l (san francisco) Thu., Dec. 20, 2012 at 6:45 pm UTC
i want to tell my story how i got got sick i dont want nobody to dont want i i did how i get my stoy out to heip
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