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I Have Hiv And Need Psychological Help

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My Dad has HIV and I need some resources to help us both psychologically..

Posted by Lovinglolo, 4 Replies
About 3 years ago my mom presented to my brother and I the possibility that my dad was cheating on her and doing crack as well.. We staged an intervention within the immediate family (just the 4 of us) to confront his drug problem and found out alot... Read more »

psychological effects with long-term survivor

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
I guess I am needing to know if there are any people out there who have really been in some sort of denial for years until first symptoms hit. I feel like a fool, but I've been positive since 84 and really have been in denial until getting so so... Read more »

Oops...I need your help brother

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
Well judging, from the posts and responses I have read in this forum, it seems like you are the man to ask about this. Now, 6 weeks ago i embarked on a journey to stupidity, yes I was with a sex worker, and here is the story. She started in on... Read more »

Really need some help, please

Posted by Anonymous, 2 Replies
Posted a bit ago (Freaking out) and got one response, which was comforting. (Thanks to that poster.) BUT, I'm still freaking out. Short version....unprotected sex with person of unkown status (she said it was safe, but no condom) seven years ago.... Read more »

I need help.

Posted by amyinstead, 2 Replies
I am in desperate need of advice. My oldest brother is HIV+. He has always been a nervous, high strung kind of person verging on need of mental health help. He most likely contracted HIV from his partner, who has recently passed away(but they were... Read more »
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psychological issues hamper me from testing again

Dr Bob, I wrote to you a while back and your response helped me through a troubled time so thankyou again. Basically, despite testing negative out to three months Im still not able to get on with my life after what happened. I have developed some...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,I believe you sum up your problem well: ". . . despite testing negative out to three months I'm still not able to get on with my life . . . ." There is no doubt HIV is not your problem; getting on with the rest of your life is!... Read more »

Psychological trauma..

Heya Dr Bob.I've come to your site and this foram as a moth is drawn to flame for exactly the same reasons as everyone else. Fear of having contracted HIV.But this is why I wanted to ask about actually, Fear. Why is it that otherwise rational...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Dazed and Confused,An explanation of why people have irrational fears is beyond the scope of this forum. Whole books have been written on the subject. Suffice it to say the condition exists and certainly isn't limited to HIV. Some folks... Read more »


I had responded to a a "depression - fatigue " study. After extensive tests at Columbian Presbyterian in NYC, I was given dextrodrine .5mg. I felt so much better, I was able to do my laundry, cook , and clean my house with ease. My...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hey, I never blame anyone for anything! Great news about your dramatic rise in T-cells and your non-detectable viral load! I would guess that this improvement is related to your antiretroviral medications rather than dexadrine, as dexadrine is not... Read more »

truvada + Kaletra psychological effects

Dear all,I am on Truvada + Stocrin cure since 2 years. 6 months ago I starting waking up arounf 4 o'clock in the morning with terrible anxiety. My doctor prescribed Kaletra instead of Stocrin but the situation remained the same....
Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Response from Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D.

Rocky Mountain CARES
Hello and thanks for posting.It was reasonable to suspect that the efavirenz (Stocrin) was contributing to the insomnia and anxiety, but odd that the symptoms persisted after switch to Kaletra.This suggests to me that the cause wasn't the HIV... Read more »
AIDS Community Research Initiative of America

Psychological Issues and HIV: Dealing with the Uncertainty of Changing Treatment Strategies

Speakers: Robert H. Remien, Ph.D., New York State Psychiatric Institute Michael Shernoff, M.S.W., Private Practice I have been attending HIV treatment forums at St. Vincent's for over two years, and have found them extremely useful for... Read more »
AIDS Treatment News

Abstinence, Abstinence-Only, Faith-Based, and the Psychology of Stigma

The June 23 talk by President Bush in Philadelphia (see "President Bush on AIDS: More Questions Than Answers " in this issue) raised deeper issues that need attention. There is common ground on abstinence; the problem is with abstinence-only (a... Read more »
Duke University Press

The Psychological Epidemic

Excerpt from The Shadow of the Epidemic: Being HIV-Negative in the Age of AIDS by Walt Odets, published by Duke University Press, September 1995. Copyright 1995 by Duke University Press . Available in paperback $14.95 plus $3.00 postage and... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Interview: Feelings Matter in Curbing HIV

Addressing youths' mental stress and the coping mechanisms needed to negotiate safe sex are just as important as practical condom-use instruction, a new report suggests. The report by Celia Lescano of Bradley Hasbro Children's Research Center and... Read more »