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Survivors Guilt And Hiv

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HIV/AIDS and Survivor's Guilt

My partner of 13 years is an 18-year survivor of HIV/AIDS. Until late November 2005, he had not had any serious opportunistic infections. However, beginning at that time he experienced a series of traumatic infections that brought him near death...
Ewald Horwath, M.D.

Response from Ewald Horwath, M.D.

University of Miami School of Medicine
I suppose you could refer to this as survivior's guilt, but it is way out of proportion to the situation. He has a serious illness and suffers greatly with it. His survival is hardly a cause for guilt.When feelings of guilt are this pervasive,... Read more »

What about survivor's guilt: long term AIDS survivors

Is there any research or information available about survivor's guilt; thosewith HIV or AIDS... Read more »

Long-term survivors (INSPIRING STORIES)

The desperation of the last question you addressed (from the gentleman who no longer wishes to... Read more »
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A Longtime HIV Survivor Shares Concerns From Quebec

Pierre As a real senior (I was infected with HIV in February 1980 and diagnosed in 1985), I have been through a lot of despair, at one point stopping all medication. On the other hand, I was also one of the few lucky ones who were recognized as... Read more »
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Survivor or Weakest Link?

THWACK! Something (or someone) had hit me from behind. Surprised and dazed, I realized I had been attacked. As it turned out it was only a bunch of teenagers pulling a prank, but my only pair of glasses had gone flying. Too blind, too proud and too... Read more »
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HIV/AIDS, Guilt and Shame

This video blog is part of the series "My HIV Journey: 13 Months of Videos Following My Diagnosis." Check out a full list of entries in the series . For me, HIV consists of the physical as well as the mental parts. Guilt and shame are things that... Read more »
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AIDS Is not a Punishment: Overcoming Guilt and Shame

If you sometimes feel that HIV has stolen the meaning and purpose of your life, you are not alone. Having HIV has forced many people to examine themselves and life in general. Unfortunately, some religions and elements of our culture have spread... Read more »
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Encouragement from a long term survivor

Posted by ScotCharles, 6 Replies
As many of you know, I was diagnosed in September 1985 in Atlanta by the Red Cross after I gave blood at a company sponsored blood drive. I was lucky I found out early in my infection. I have always had the best of care since my diagnosis and... Read more »

HIV, guilt and death

Posted by Anonymous, 4 Replies
hello...I just needed to talk to someone because I am sad, devastated and alone and don't know what to do at this point. I have been seeing this guy for about 1 1/2 year. On 12/5, he was admitted to the hospital and just yesterday I found out... Read more »

Diagnosed Positive, Feeling Shame and Guilt

Posted by Cruhaven, 11 Replies
Just in time for the holiday season I was diagnosed as HIV+ and after two grueling weeks, I got my CD4 cell count and I am officially labeled as having AIDS. My count is 48. Sucks, right? Yeah. But that is not the whole of the story. In my... Read more »

guilt, stress, other viruses etc.

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
The people who come to this board usually have had a sexual experience that is causing them guilt. Sexual guilt will usually affect the sex drive, so there is less interest in sex for awhile. This can throw your hormone balance off, which might... Read more »