February 11, 2010
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ON THE PERSONAL SIDE

Love and Relationships, Positive Style Love and Relationships, Positive Style: HIVers and Allies Tell Their Stories
Ah, love: It's exhilarating, it's fun, it's challenging, it's terrifying -- and it can be all the more so when you're HIV positive. As Valentine's Day approaches, we asked a diverse array of HIV/AIDS advocates -- gay and heterosexual; single, partnered and widowed; positive and negative -- to share their thoughts on finding love when you're living with HIV. (Podcasts and interviews from TheBody.com)

Fogcityjohn, a blogger on TheBody.com, recently wrote about looking for love as an HIV-positive gay man nearing his 50s. Read his blog, and the comments below it, for more insights into the search for love.

Want to read more about relationships and HIV/AIDS? Check out TheBody.com's collection of articles on the topic.


Enrique Franco Enrique Franco: Why I Decided to Blog About HIV/AIDS
"I have this because of me," writes Enrique Franco, a Hispanic American with HIV who was booted from the military after he openly admitted he is gay. "I am morally obligated to help in any way I can. ... The gay Soldiers still being forced to hide need to hear and see a voice. The gay Latino teen who is scared and feels ashamed ... needs to have a voice. The person fighting for their life with HIV for 20 years and still hiding it from the people he/she loves needs to witness this voice." (Blog from TheBody.com)


Scott Simpson Scott Simpson: Triathlon Training Is Nasty and Brutish, but My Life Is Not Short
Although training for a triathlon can be grueling, HIVer Scott Simpson reminds himself regularly that his own struggles are nothing compared to those of others, such as the kids living with HIV he met on a trip to Malawi. "When I feel peckish because I haven't eaten in a few hours, I catch myself before saying, 'I'm starving.' It belittles the challenge of those in the world who struggle to find enough food every day to sustain life." (Blog from TheBody.com)


 Tips for Mixed-Status Couples
Whether you're new to a magnetic relationship (in which one of you is HIV positive but the other is negative) or you've been in one for a while, it's important to keep in mind how to keep yourself physically and emotionally healthy, not just your partner. Check out this fact sheet for some excellent advice on how to keep your mixed-status partnership safe and sound, as well as how to safely have kids. (Article from AIDS InfoNet)



HIV TREATMENT & HEALTH ISSUES

David Wohl, M.D. The Top 10 HIV Clinical Developments of 2009
Take a journey through the most important developments in HIV/AIDS over the past year! David Wohl, M.D., will be your guide as we examine the research and news from 2009 that is most likely to change the lives of people with HIV, or alter the way that doctors and experts approach HIV prevention and treatment. (Report from TheBodyPRO.com, TheBody.com's sister site for health professionals)


 Fixing the Body: An Immune-Based Approach to HIV
Antiretrovirals work their magic by keeping the HIV in your bloodstream at bay, but that's not the whole story of staying healthy when you're HIV positive. Researchers have long explored other ways to strengthen an HIVer's immune system. This article discusses the immune-boosting potential of Cytolin, a drug currently undergoing research. (Article from Search for a Cure)


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Connect With Others
How Do I Cope?
(A recent post from the "Coping With HIV" board)

"I adhere to my medications and have an undetectable viral load, but I don't know if I'll wake up sick tomorrow. I am learning to take it day by day, but it is still hard. My wife is negative and has been a lot of help to me. I have two children who I want to see grow up. Can someone tell me how to cope with this a little better?" -- worried09

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HIV IN THE NEWS

 Reviewing the Past Year in HIV/AIDS for Black America
"Black people have been greater than any challenge we have confronted in the past," writes Phill Wilson, the head of the Black AIDS Institute. "We will be greater than AIDS as well." In this article, Wilson reviews what's changed in HIV/AIDS in the U.S. since the country's first black president took office, and highlights steps being taken to raise HIV/AIDS awareness throughout African-American communities. (Article from Black AIDS Institute)


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HIV IN RESOURCE-POOR COUNTRIES

Kwame Dawes and Nancy Mahon HIV Frontlines: An In-Depth Look at HIV/AIDS and Homophobia in Jamaica
When most people think of the island of Jamaica, they likely think of white-sand beaches, sunny skies and lilting accents. But as poet Kwame Dawes and MAC AIDS Fund Director Nancy Mahon explain in our latest edition of HIV Frontlines, Jamaica has deep underlying problems -- and HIV/AIDS is one of them. (Audio and article from TheBody.com)


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