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Social Justice And Hiv Infection

Here's a taste of what has to offer on this topic:
Black AIDS Institute

We Need an HIV Portfolio for Black Gay Men That's Rooted in Social Justice

This week Phill Wilson cedes his editorial to fellow Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) member Douglas Brooks, senior vice president for community, health and public policy for the Justice Resource Institute. The theme of this... Read more »

Black Churches Tackle HIV From a Social Justice Angle, Not a Behavioral One; Is That Addressing the Issue or Just Avoiding It?

Kellee Terrell, News Editor for Last week for , I wrote a pretty straightforward piece about a recent Brown University study that explored ways that African-American churches in Philadelphia are engaging their congregations... Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

AIDS Response Should Be "Instrument for Social Justice"

"It is outrageous that, in 2012, when we have everything we need to beat AIDS, we are still fighting prejudice, stigma, and exclusion," UNAIDS Executive Director Michel Sidibe writes on the Human Rights and HIV/AIDS "Now More Than Ever " blog,... Read more »
Ask the Experts

Qualifying for Social Security Disability Benefits?

I have been living with HIV for 13 and in 2009 was diagnosed with AIDS . My cd4 count had dropped to below 200 in the 13 years with no meds . I was started with treatment and now I keep getting sick with infections. I just found out that I have...
Christa Douaihy, Esq.

Response from Christa Douaihy, Esq.

Member, City of NY Bar Association Committee on AIDS
Dear Writer,Thank you for writing about such an important topic!From your description of your medical conditions you very well may qualify for disability benefits from the Social Security Administration ("SSA"). An AIDS diagnosis by itself... Read more »

AIDS social solutions project

1. Why don't people use proper prevention equippment?2. Does HIVAIDS affect any other part of the body other than the immune system?3. Why haven't I heard about AIDS prevention and transmission until I started this project? 4. Is there...
Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Response from Ryan M. Kull, C.S.W

Columbia University's Health & Related Services
1) There are a lot of reasons. The biggest reason is that using condoms doesn't feel as good as not using them. People also say that using a condom can interfere with the continuity of sex, make it difficult to maintain an erection, or cause an... Read more »

Is depression a physiological or social phenomenon?

I recently saw the psychiatrist at my provider's office due to some depressive thoughts, and most recently, a lot of fuzzy concentration and memory problems. My memory has slowly stabilized if not improved, but I just wanted to know is...
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
Depression, while common among those with the HIV virus (up to 50% lifetime occurrence), is not well understood. Research does indicate that the virus itself can cause depressive symptoms, including those you experienced. Some people have... Read more »

Being reminded of Social Phobias

First of all I have read your answers to quite a few letters posted in here. I respect your opinion and feel you are much on target even though I am nowhere near your professional education or knowledge. However I feel it might be where you are or...
Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Response from Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Psychotherapist and Author
I never claimed that a support group was for every one, just for those people who are complaining about being isolated and lonely and not knowing other people who are in the same boat.I disagree with you about how anyone needs to return to the... Read more »
Connect With Others

Social Worker Brooklyn, NYC

Posted by Anonymous
Social Worker
Bedford Stuyvesant Family Health Center Brooklyn , New York

Looking to extend mental health support to clients on Saturdays. Position requires mental health counseling to hiv affected and infected clients and families. Notes,... Read more »

Social Security Mental Health Examination

Posted by DJones, 1 Reply
I filed for social security / disability and received notice that the Social Security Department has set up an appointment with one of their psychologists. The letter tells me I have to bring a friend they can question also. Has anyone been... Read more »

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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HIV+ Gay/Bi Social Group Minneapolis

Posted by Anonymous
Positive Link is a social/community building group of HIV+ gay/bi men in the TwinCities area. If you want more information email us at:, all inquiries are kept confidential. We are a service of the Minnesota AIDS... Read more »