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Harm Reduction All Around

Until there's a cure for HIV, equal parts creativity and pragmatism are essential for maximizing the health of people who are HIV positive while minimizing the spread of the virus. The theory and application of harm reduction techniques support bot...

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News

Atlanta-Area HIV Case Management Update

Case management has been essential to many people living with HIV. Case managers have helped people access medical care, housing, emergency financial assistance, food, clothing, support and mental health/substance abuse treatment programs. They are...

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News

Healthy Relationships: An Atlanta-Area Prevention/Education Forum for HIV-Positive People

Prevention for positives -- an increasingly common term in the HIV/AIDS world. At first glance, it's something of an oxymoron, because if prevention means stopping an undesirable event from occurring (in this instance, HIV infection) and someone al...

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Ryan White CARE Act

Public Funding for HIV/AIDS

In May of 2004, the Institute of Medicine (IOM) released a report commissioned by Congress. After evaluating current publicly funded programs for people with HIV/AIDS, they recommended that the federal government step in with a nationally coordinat...

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Coping

Peer Counseling Perspectives: Support Groups -- Tools for Living Well

Early in the AIDS epidemic in the U.S., before there were prescription drugs to fight HIV, even before a test was available to confirm the presence of HIV in the bloodstream, people suffering with AIDS-related symptoms fought for their well-being t...

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Southern U.S.

HIV Names Reporting Begins in Georgia

Beginning December 31, 2003, the State of Georgia will implement HIV names reporting. As a follow-up to a town hall meeting organized by AIDS Survival Project in August 2003, we have asked Dr. Luke Shouse, Department of Human Resources HIV/AIDS Sur...

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The Denver Principles: A Foundation of HIV/AIDS Rights

AIDS Survival Project is fifteen years old. In that time, treatment of HIV has changed dramatically, the political climate has shifted several times and the "face of AIDS" has become more often that of a person of color. At ASP, the Treatment Resou...

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Coping

Making Change

Most of us would like to make some changes in our lives. New Year's resolutions are the most common acknowledgement in our culture of the acceptability and value of seeking to improve our behaviors and life situations through conscious change. Spen...

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Death & Mourning

Peer Counseling Perspectives: Considering Hospice

With antiretrovirals and other treatments extending the lives of people living with AIDS, is hospice still important to our community? Judging from the recent experiences of a number of AIDS Survival Project friends, hospice continues to be an essent...