Elizabeth Lombino

As a Social Worker, I have been providing mental health treatment to HIV-positive adults for over 10 years. I received my master's in Social Work from Columbia University. Also, I write about HIV/AIDS advocacy and present at national conferences on the issues related to HIV/AIDS to professionals and students. Through writing and presenting, I can better advocate for the issues that I see with my clients every day. Living with HIV/AIDS can be a daily struggle with many unique challenges. My goal with this blog is to provide a sort of cyber therapy space for you to learn some skills and tools to better cope with these challenges. Hopefully you will gain confidence and look at life in new ways. Through humor, hope, sarcasm, education, and other therapeutic tools, let me help you live a happier life! So sit back, relax, and let's start relieving some stress!

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Categories Covered:Other Populations, People Under 30, Financial Issues, Meeting the Costs of HIV Care, HIV Advocacy and Activism, Substance Use and Harm Reduction for HIV, HIV Prevention Methods, Mental Health, HIV Advocates in the Spotlight, HIV in Film, TV, and Media

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Addiction Treatment and Las Vegas, Perfect Together?! A Blog Entry by Elizabeth Lombino

"Vegas represents (with casino credit, show girls, and glitter) what most people think and feel about addiction. Vegas is where denial was born and now thrives. Leave your secrets in the desert. No one will know."

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The Invisible Lives of Homeless LGBTQ Youth: A Blog Entry by Elizabeth Lombino

"Imagine being a young person and being kicked out of your home for being "different." Imagine finding a shred of hope in a welcoming shelter. ... Then imagine feeling in danger of this hope and shelter being taken away. ... To feel you have no other...

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Breaking the Silence Again: Why We ALL Need to Care About HIV/AIDS -- A Blog Entry by Elizabeth Lombino

"For a variety of reasons (think abstinence-only education) HIV/AIDS has started to become silent again," Elizabeth Lombino writes. "Many youngsters are once again embracing the myths that were prominent in the early years of the epidemic. ... Denial...

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Stress: "Is It Worth Losing a T Cell?" -- A Blog Entry by Elizabeth Lombino

"There is abundant research that shows a clear connection between our minds and bodies, especially as it pertains to stress," writes blogger Elizabeth Lombino. "When feeling excessive stress, your T-cell count can lower. ... If the goal is to raise y...

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What Is Going on With MTV's The Real World??

I know what you're thinking ... I'm too old to watch or care about MTV's The Real World. Yes, this is true. However, because I'm old enough to vividly remember the early days of The Real World, I feel the need to explore what I'm seeing with the late...

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A Therapist's Guide to Living and Laughing With HIV/AIDS: A Blog Entry by Elizabeth Lombino

Welcome to my new blog! I'm excited to have the opportunity to share some humor and hope with you! Hopefully you will learn something new about yourself and improve your quality of life.

Before we get into all of that, this post will give you the op...

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