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Spotlight Series: HIV Stigma and Discrimination

Mental Illness And Disabled Adults With Hiv

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

2009 H1N1 Flu (Swine Flu) and You

...are at "high risk" of serious complications. This includes people 65 years and older, children younger than five years old, pregnant women, and people of any age with certain chronic medical conditions. More than 70 percent of adults who have been hospitalized with the 2009 H1N1 virus have had one or more medical conditions previously recognized as placing people at "higher risk" of serious seasonal flu-related complications. This includes...
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HIV/AIDS & Disability?

RE: Is a Person With an AIDS Diagnosis Automatically Disabled?This isn't a question but just offering a resource you may not be aware of.One of the unique challenges of HIV disease (and it's treatments) is that things may be fine today but hell...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...gays to serve in the military. You also beat us in hockey at this year's Olympics. Looks like you may be taking the lead on HIV-related episodic disability as well. BRAVO Canada!Dr. Bob Read more »

HIV and the mentally disabled+donation

I have a cousin that is hiv+ and mentally disabled. He has a habit of spitting and blowing in peoples face. Today he pretended to give me a kiss, but instead he blew in my face and I felt his air enter my mouth and probably some spit. Maybe even...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
...Hello,The HIV-acquisition risk of your cousin spitting or blowing in your face is essentially nonexistent. The chance that there would have Read more »

HIV + Police Officer & disability

I am active Police officer who was tested back in 2007 and found out that I was positive. I have since been seeking treatment for the illness and take Atripla daily. I do have daily side affects for the past 3 years from the medication. Constant...
Keith Henry, M.D.

Response from Keith Henry, M.D.

University of Minnesota, School of Medicine
...a change in meds (ie switch the efavirenz to raltegravir or a boosted protease inhibitor) may be worth discussing with your HIV provider. It is possible to have HIV for 10+ years without symptoms. Most HIV+ patients who are doing well on... Read more »

Reply to HIV and Disability (4/17/08)

Hi! I volunteer 20 hours a week at a clinic that provides free legal services to HIV+ individuals (Im not a lawyer. I have another year of law school, and have obviously not taken the bar yet, so you should not take this as legal advice). A very...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Future Esq.,Thank you for taking the time and effort to address this all-too-common issue. You have provided some very valuable information that I plan to pass on to the many folks caught in the SSA quagmire. Gosh, for such a detailed and... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Swaziland: HIV/AIDS Education -- Disabled Persons With HIV/AIDS Face Unequal Access to Health Information

...address the specific needs of disabled persons. The full report, " Knowledge, Personal Risk and Experiences of HIV/AIDS Among People with Disabilities in Swaziland ," was published in the International Journal of Rehabilitation ... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

U.N. Agencies' Efforts to Combat HIV/AIDS Among Disabled People Examined

...often struggles to gain access to sex education and health services, including HIV prevention and education materials. ... Yet people with disabilities engage in the same sexual behaviours that the general population does, according to a landmark... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Mozambican Civil Society Groups to Launch HIV/AIDS Campaign Aimed at Disabled People

...will launch an HIV/AIDS campaign that aims to ensure improved access to HIV testing, medical assistance and treatment among disabled people in the country, AIM/ reports. According to World Health Organization data, there are... Read more »
Gay Men's Health Crisis

HIV/AIDS and People With Disability

...article, S. Blumberg and W. Dickey analyze findings from the 1999 U.S. National Health Interview Survey and show that adults with mental health disorders are more likely to report a medium or high chance of becoming infected with HIV, are more... Read more »
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Etiquette Rules when Meeting a Disabled Person

Posted by ScotCharles, 1 Reply
...a disability might need. If a barrier cannot be avoided, let the person know ahead of time. Be respectful of the rights of people with disabilities to use accessible parking spaces. When speaking or writing about disability... Refer to a... Read more »

I am the caregiver of a disabled adult who has HIV

Posted by 28262
...I am the guardian of a disabled adult who is HIV positive. I am HIV negative. I never thought I would land up with a person who had HIV living in my home. I always Read more »


Posted by franfrog, 3 Replies
Ok does anyone know if you are on permanant disability if you are able to work at all? Read more »

Caring for a person with HIV

Posted by 28262, 3 Replies due to not taking the medication. I have to watch them and sometimes make them take their pills. I think many disablled adults do not understand HIV. I know the person in my home wishes they did not have it. Many times they say their life... Read more »