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The mission of is to assist community based service organizations in providing timely, accurate and balanced health management information and support to people living with HIV/AIDS.

PositiveWords is a Web site that provides an extensive online library of articles on HIV-related topics in English and Spanish. AIDS Service Organizations are able to access these articles free of charge and use them to create newsletters tailored to meet the needs of their clientele. The Web site provides all the technology and information necessary to create monthly newsletters requiring a minimum of time and effort on the part of the ASO. enables users to select articles and illustrations from a database and place them into pre-designed newsletter layout templates. PositiveWords provides easy-to-use style templates for two, four and eight page newsletters. Users can also enter their own text directly into the Web site templates, resulting in a final newsletter that is customized for their agencies and target audience.

The core element of is the rapidly expanding library of articles written at a 6th to 8th grade reading level in both English and Spanish. Each month, ten new English articles are developed and five articles are translated into Spanish and uploaded to the site. Our site has articles on a range of topics, including adherence, side effect management, principles of HIV treatment, emotional and social support, and health management tools and tips, among others. is designed and published by Dallabrida and Associates and guided by a community Editorial Advisory Board. The Editorial Advisory Board is a committee that is comprised of HIV+ people, doctors and educators from across the country. All articles are reviewed by three members of the Editorial Advisory Board and the managing editor before being posted to the site.

PositiveWords is sponsored by an unrestricted educational grant from Agouron Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

Latest by PositiveWords

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Substance Use

The Horrors of Crystal Meth

In the last few years, the abuse of crystal methamphetamine (also known as crystal, meth, tina or speed) has gotten out of control in the U.S. gay community. One reason this is so alarming is that the abuse of crystal meth contributes to the spread o...

By Ross Slotten, M.D., M.P.H. for PositiveWords
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Reducing the Risks of Conception: Getting Pregnant When One or Both Partners Is HIV+

If you have decided to have a child, there are strategies for getting pregnant that reduce the risks to the mother, the father and the baby.

The chances of getting pregnant will go up and the risk of an uninfected partner getting HIV will go down if...

By Rebecca Denison for PositiveWords
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Hepatitis C

Depression as a Side Effect of Interferon

Depression as a Side Effect of InterferonInterferon is used to treat hepatitis B (HBV) and hepatitis C (HCV). One possible side effect of interferon is depression. Knowing about depression before you start treatment can make it easier to recognize an...

By Liz Highleyman for PositiveWords
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Joining a Community Advisory Board

Background Information on CABS

Community involvement is an important way of keeping AIDS research on the right track. There are many ways to get involved. One way is to join a clinical trial. Another way is to become active in the planning and devel...

By David Mariner for PositiveWords
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Housing Options for HIV+ People

Finding safe, affordable housing when you are HIV+ can be very challenging. But help is available through numerous housing assistance programs. A housing search advocate can explain the different options and help you with applications.

Look for a ho...

By Rachel Moorehead for PositiveWords
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Feeling Good Again: Mental Healthcare Works!

"I just don’t feel like myself anymore," she mumbled as she sat drooping in her chair. Ms. B. described feeling sad, withdrawn and hopeless since diagnosed HIV+ six months ago. She is a mother of two and feared that she would not be able to care for ...

By Alisa Lewis for PositiveWords
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Getting enough sleep is important for good health. Insomnia, or disturbed sleep, can lead to problems with concentration, memory, mood and judgement.

If you are experiencing insomnia, it is important to tell your doctor. He or she will look for the ...

By PositiveWords
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Personal Stories

My Journey From Addiction and Incarceration to Recovery and Hope

My Journey From Addiction and Incarceration to Recovery and HopeI’ve always loved helping others. From a young age, I had hopes and dreams of finishing school to become a social worker. In school, I was popular, got good grades, made the honor roll a...

By Marina Alvarez for PositiveWords
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C-Sections for HIV-Positive Women

Combination anti-HIV treatment (HAART) has reduced the risk of mother-to-child HIV transmission to as low as 1%. But many pregnant HIV+ women wonder if elective cesarean section (C-section) can also help protect their babies.

Elective or planned C-s...

By Liz Highleyman for PositiveWords
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Pain Treatment, Addiction and HIV

Pain, especially chronic (on-going) pain, is often under-treated and misdiagnosed in HIV+ people. In fact, it is estimated that only 15% of HIV+ people receive adequate therapy for their pain. This is a serious problem, since pain can significantly r...

By Lauren Shaiova, M.D. for PositiveWords