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Self Esteem And Hiv

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Body Shape Changes Dramatically Impact the Self-Esteem of HIV-Positive People

Hi there! This is Bonnie Goldman, editorial director of Today we're going to take a look at body shape changes, an ongoing problem for many people living with HIV. These changes are sometimes known as lipodystrophy, lipoatrophy or... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Virginia: Camp for Girls at Risk of HIV Aims to Boost Self-Esteem

HIV/AIDS and its disproportionate effect on the black community were in the spotlight last week at "SISTA SPEAK Empowerment Camp," a pilot HIV prevention program sponsored by Richmond's Fan Free Clinic (FFC). The campers were 21 young females, ages... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Illinois: For HIV Counselor, Prevention Begins With Self-Esteem

Abusive relationships are linked to about 12 percent of HIV infections among U.S. women, according to a recent University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing study. HIV-related shame and stigma often play a role in such relationships, said Evany Turk,... Read more »
Ask the Experts

self esteem and cultural stereotypes

Hi,I read once (i think it was the NYtimes) that the increased rates of HIV infection amongst black women (esp. in nyc) was attributable to negative self images and cultural stereotypes, meaning that they had sex to overcome to prove that they were...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
I don't know of any "cultural stereotype" that leads people to have "more sex." Sex is a universal activity in every cultural group. The suggestion that black women have more sex than others sounds more like a prejudicial... Read more »

Low self-esteem

Dr Bob,I beleive emotional abuse in families, potentiates young people to getting HIV. Why? Because the young person is depressed and negative and looks for love as quickly as he or she can. Often such people are compulsive masturbators and this may...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hey Young Guy,Emotional abuse and/or guilt are never healthy situations. However, please note that if young people are old enough to have sex, they should also be responsible enough to prevent unwanted pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases... Read more »

Self Esteem & Lipo

I am a positive 28 yr.old female, new mom (- baby...thank god!), and in serious need of some inspiration. Since having my baby my breast size has gone from a C to a DD and there is no sign of them going back to a C. At first I thought it was the...
Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Response from Graeme Moyle, M.D.

Chelsea and Westminster Hospital
In my experience going off meds often helps reduce that fat accumulation manifestations quite quickly (say 3-6 months) but it may take much longer for the fat loss stuff to improve (say >6 months often > 1 year). Evidence to date sugests that... Read more »


I received the answer to my last question about Sex after next thought is 'how do I forgive myself for even getting infected....I have never been a talker about things that go on in my life, I try to handle them myself and deal...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello,I am an HIV physician specialist, not a psychiatrist. I'm glad you are seeing a therapist and have found your first two sessions "eye-opening." I encourage you to continue with psychotherapy. That is the place to discuss your... Read more »
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Anger, the truth, and self-esteem...

Posted by Duluth2010, 3 Replies
Some of the things that have been on my mind is, after 13 years of not finding anyone, I am likely going to spend what's left of my life alone, at 34. To me, having come out at 14, this is not at all what I had in mind. This is about... Read more »


Posted by Survivor, 2 Replies
So whats it like for those who have it?
So whats it like for those searching for it?

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Black Brothers Esteem Program Manager SFAF

Posted by Anonymous
San Francisco AIDS Foundation is looking to hire a manager for its Black Brothers Esteem Program

This person will manage health promotion and wellness program targeted towards gay and bisexual African American men. REQ: Bachelor's degree and 5... Read more »

Feeling of Self Loathing and Disgust

Posted by PozInOrlando, 3 Replies
I've been living with HIV since July (when I tested positive) and I will be starting meds soon (In about 2 weeks hopefully)

As of late though, I have had some very strong feelings of self loathing and disgust. As I had stated in my first post I had... Read more »