HIV and the Recession: Living Well in Tough Times
As the service providers and HIV positive individuals interviewed for this article can attest, people living with HIV do not have to struggle hopelessly during the current economic downturn -- there are resources for assistance with everything from food to housing to medication to mental health and well-being.
In tough times, the keys to staying healthy with HIV include reaching out for help -- even if you only need it temporarily -- and getting creative about accessing resources that can help you meet your needs. Help may be as near as your city's AIDS services organization or the website for a local community-based agency.
"It's so amazing, the incredible work and energy people are putting in from all sectors to help HIV positive people thrive and to keep community organizations going" during the current economic crisis, said IEP's Convery. "It's a very difficult time, but there's something inspiring about the kind of creativity we are putting in. That's what it's all about: Creativity and community are the two tricks to getting through this."
Heather Boerner is a San Francisco-based medical writer whose articles on HIV and wellness have appeared in Yoga Journal and other publications.
This article was provided by San Francisco AIDS Foundation. It is a part of the publication Bulletin of Experimental Treatments for AIDS. Visit San Francisco AIDS Foundation's Web site to find out more about their activities, publications and services.
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