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David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., is a social worker, certified sex therapist and clinical hypnotherapist. He has worked in the areas of mental health and substance abuse for more than 25 years.

Diagnosed with HIV in 1988, David is dedicated to promoting physical and emotional resilience in his own life and in the lives of his psychotherapy clients. Like the Hindu goddess Durga, he strives to live fearlessly and patiently, never losing his sense of humor even in battles of epic proportions.

David's blog entries have appeared on LifeLube and The Bilerico Project, Florida. He's also a contributor to's blog for health care providers, HIV Care Today. He answers questions about Mental Health and Substance Use in two separate "Ask the Experts" forums on David resides in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., with his partner.

David is the author of Lust, Men and Meth: A Guy Mans Guide to Sex and Recovery. Learn more about David on his website,

Latest by David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Q&A: Ask the Experts

How can I help my liver to "clean" the sustances of the HIV medicine in my blood?

Hi! I'm HIV positive and I started my medication last month and I would like to know how can I help my liver with all of this medicine (Truvada and Efavirenz). I heard it's too much work for the organs and I would like to take care of my body. Also i...

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Poppers and HIV

I am a gay man with receptive role. I am on Prep since last 3 years and I am consistent with my dose. Due to history of sexual abuse as a child and teen, I tighten myself while having anal sex and a friend long ago hooked me up on poppers. Honestly p...

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I was asking if it's possible for me to work in Dubai for about 2years and bring my arvs along with me to cover for those two years I really need your help on this please. Thanks in advance

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Mental illness and fear of transmission

Sorry to bother you. I am a heaIthcare professional and saw an out patient who is HIV positive and just got his finger pricked for a glucose test. He was also carrying his own file to the office. I was obviously handling the file as well but didnt se...

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HAND and nadir CD4 count

Hello David I read your recent article on HAND, which resonates with me, as someone who lives with most of the neurocognitive problems discussed therein. When I first started mentioning these symptoms to my HIV doctors it was usually dismissed as dep...

Q&A: Ask the Experts there a real risk?

Hello Dr F, I got a tattoo about one month ago at a licensed shop by a certified artist. I called the health department to make sure, and everything checked out. New needles and tubes were opened in front of me. However, I've not been feeling well (a...

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Which meds are best for depression and is there a relationship between ARV'S and depression

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DMT mixed with hiv meds

Can I take Dmt while on hiv medication? Particularly biktarvy.

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Undectable transmission to healthcare

I work in a lab and was unaware a specimen I was processing was from a patient with HIV. I was processing a frozen tissue sample. I use universal protection, but that day I was sneezing a lot and at one point in a rush grabbed a piece of gauze with m...

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Tested positive today. What now?

I just found out that I'm HIV positive today I'm afraid I'm 24 years I'm angry and I feel like my life is falling apart I don't know who to talk to to tell me more someone who has it..I'm afraid of dying