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Coping With an HIV/AIDS Diagnosis

...or listen to how other people disclosed their HIV status. For most people, the hardest part of adjusting to life with HIV isn't the physical issues -- it's the emotional ones. In parts of the world where effective HIV treatment is readily available, HIV is now considered a chronic disease, much like diabetes. But unlike diabetes, there's still a ton of stigma attached to being HIV positive. Even though having HIV doesn't make you a bad...
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Smokey The Bear (SMOKING and HIV, 2009)

Hey Doc.,I'm positive, a bit overweight (a bear, lol), and I smoke cigaretts. Do I really have to quit? Hell, I'm already HIV positive, aren't my Marlboros now a rather minor issue??? I'm doing OK on my HIV meds. My HIV doc hasn't mentioned my...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...indispensable aspect of socializing. Beyond avoiding situations that arouse the urge to smoke, it is also important to learn new coping skills to deal with stress, anxiety, and other negative feelings. Many people find that exercise and... Read more »

resubmitted form the Fatigue and Anemia Forum: Discordant couple - Risk of HCV transmission (Hepatitis C Virus Infections Among HIV-Infected Men Who Have Sex With Men: An Expanding Epidemic, 2010 )

I have been HIV+ about 5 years now and take Atripla as treatment. My CD4 is 650, viral load below detection. Very recently I have also been found HCV positive. My boyfriend is HIV and HCV negative. We are very much into fisting. He is top only and...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hi,Recent epidemiological studies have found increasing rates of hepatitis C in MSM (men who have sex with men). See below. Associated risk factors include HIV infection, intravenous drug use, fisting and use of GHB Read more »

insertive issues (Rectal secretions from men who have sex with men contain more HIV than blood or semen) (ANAL MUCOUS, RECTAL SECRETIONS, 2010)

I have a hard time believing as an exclusive TOP that I contracted this virus through anal juice sneaking up my urethra while servicing a bottom. I'll bet one way a top more likely gets infected and probably what happened to me was topping a guy who...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...secretions (anal mucous). (See below.) Heads up top guys! Shield your rocket or keep it in your pocket!Dr. BobRectal secretions from men who have sex with men contain more HIV than blood or semenChris Gadd, Wednesday, June 16, 2004Levels of HIV... Read more »

Smoking

My husband been living with hiv for the past 4 years. His health has slowly deteriorated and is wasting. he smokes quite a bit and ocassionally takes alchohol. What are the effects of smoking?? his CD4 count has gone down to 12.
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...and cancer. I'll post a recent article about HIV and smoking below (From the San Francisco AIDS Foundation's Bulletin of Experimental Treatments for AIDS. Show it to your husband, OK?Good luck.Dr. Bob Read more »
Articles
American Association for World Health

What We Can Do: Putting Research to Work to Prevent HIV/AIDS

...regarding vulnerability to AIDS Gain more positive attitudes towards safer sex, condom use, and abstinence Develop stress and coping skills Increase abstinence from sexual activity and consistent condom use Decrease the number of partners and the... Read more »
The Body

High Anxiety: AIDS Anxiety in the Worried-Wells and Worried-Sicks, Part One

...there are folks with severe phobias who have no relatives with the same or similar condition. Resilience, adaptability and coping skills It's worth noting that irrational fears can have devastating consequences. The billionaire Howard Hughes... Read more »
Gay Men's Health Crisis

Anal Cancer, HIV and Gay/Bisexual Men

...their medical providers about their sexual orientation, HIV status and sexual practices. The New York City Department of Health and Mental Hygiene found that nearly 40% of MSM do not come out to their provider. 8 Those who are open about their... Read more »
The Well Project

Women and HIV/AIDS

...andtrichomoniasis Genital herpes Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) Although little conclusive research is available on HIV and menstruation, many HIV+ women report abnormal menstrual periods. Somehave excessive bleeding while... Read more »
Connect With Others

Need serious relationship advice/coping skills

Posted by Dizengoff, 10 Replies
...other positive men out there are in/have been in this situation, I would really appreciate hearing from you, advice as well as coping skills. Thank you Read more »

Religion - HIV - GAY

Posted by Anonymous, 18 Replies
...To those of you who are church-goers, how do you deal with the negativity of churches - especially when you are both gay and HIV? I am having some trouble with this, so any thoughts would be appreciated..... :) Read more »

Divorced and Lonely HIV +

Posted by trish, 10 Replies
...I tested + in 1994, right after I moved to US and got married. After 7 rocky years, my husband left me for another woman. He was - and couldn't understand what I am going thro. Right now I am undetectable on meds, but don't want to go out because Read more »

HIV/AIDS Resource Center for Gay Men

Posted by TheBody
...info, first-person stories, expert tips and podcasts on issues of importance to gay and bisexual men, same-gender loving men and men who have sex with men (MSM). Read more »