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Hiv Social Support

Here's a taste of what has to offer on this topic:
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Age, Social Support Linked to HIV Drug Adherence

Antiretroviral (ARV) drug adherence is critical, and treatment should be closely monitored for indications of HIV progression such as a decrease in CD4 cell levels and an increase in viral load, said Dr. Sabina De Geest of the University of Basel,... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Impact of Social Support on Cognitive Symptom Burden in HIV/AIDS

Up to 50 percent of people living with HIV/AIDS report cognitive difficulties, which can be associated with depression and objective neuropsychological impairments. Previous studies have shown an association between stronger social support and lower... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Social Support and Maladaptive Coping as Predictors of the Change in Physical Health Symptoms Among Persons Living With HIV/AIDS

Researchers in the current study sought to examine social support and maladaptive coping as predictors of HIV-related health symptoms in a primarily low-income and diverse sample of HIV/AIDS patients with respect to gender, ethnicity, and sexual... Read more »
Ask the Experts


Dr. Bob,How can you of all people support socialized medicine. It scares the hell out of me.Penny...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,"Socialized medicine" is a propaganda term dreamed-up by insurance companies and right-wing lunatics to try and scare folks into rejecting any kind of healthcare reform. If your house was on fire would you be worried about... Read more »

Social perpections not evolving?

I read this forum, as a way of social support. It amazes me that from those who are negative, they pose questions of how terrified they are about HIV. On the other hand, those recently detecte as poz, face the same social issues and questions that...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
Treatment sophistication has progressed enormously. We know more and more about which treatments are more suited for certain situations. New medications have been developed in the last 10 years, and research continues on treatments, vaccines and... Read more »

Help with learning to deal with social isolation

I am an HIV positive social worker who has worked in the AIDS field for 12 years now. I've been positive for nearly 20 years. Because of my professional contacts, I have been keeping overly strict boundaries with my clients and even those...
David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Response from David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

South Florida Center for Counseling and Therapy
Codes of ethics in various professions, including social work, provide guidelines for our interaction with clients, each other, and the profession. I understand and respect your application of strict boundaries but such guidelines are not meant to... Read more »

Social Stigma

I'm wondering what the common social problems are for people with AIDS. How can I expect the community to treat me once I reveal the fact that I have AIDS?...
Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Response from Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Psychotherapist and Author
There are not any "common social problems" but a host of potential issues that any individual may or may not have to face depending upon his or her individual coping style, support network and where he or she may live. Your question is... Read more »
Connect With Others

Social group for HIV positive woman

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I'm looking to find a social group in Philadelphia (to meet upwardly mobile positive guys). Just diagnosed, 28 years old and single woman. Know of anything?

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Social Groups in Los Angeles

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I was told two days before Christmas that I am HIV+, I am handling this pretty well, (all very well to say as I haven't balled my eyes out today) I am looking for a social group in Los Angeles that I can just sit and chat /drink with other people... Read more »

Social groups in NY

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
Social Activities for HIV+ People, Like Us
If you or someone you know is HIV+ and seeking others in a similar situation, you have just found the two most unique communities in the New York City area. The reason we say the two most unique communities... Read more »

why is there no support for the supportive

Posted by alwaysworried, 5 Replies
I am 28 years old. I have lived with my boyfriend for almost 8 years. He was diagnosed 2 years ago with AIDS and we almost lost him. When the doctor said those words it hit me like a ton of bricks. Though I was still very worried about his health... Read more »