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A Friendship Across Prison Walls

Incarcerated writer Tim Hinkhouse interviews his friend Betty about their shared experiences of living with HIV, loneliness, and loss.

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Resolved to Stay Healthy This Year? Here's Info to Help

Many of us make commitments to ourselves at the beginning of the new year to focus on our health and well-being. HIV.gov offers these tips and tools that might help you stay on track.

Struggling With Crystal Meth? There Are Research Studies Out There for You Img

Struggling With Crystal Meth? There Are Research Studies Out There for You

A multi-site trial will explore whether medicine can make recovery easier, while a New York-based trial will see how meth affects cognitive function in HIV-positive men.

Mark S. King gets some vape love from advocate Damon L. Jacobs

This HIV Survivor Quit Smoking to Vape. Don't Judge. A Blog Entry by Mark S. King

"My years of smoking are much more likely to kill me than HIV," Mark S. King writes. "I suppose that's progress, and testament to how far we have come in my 32 years living with the virus. So why am I so defensive about my switch to vaping?"

How the 12 Steps Have Helped Me Cope With HIV for Over 30 Years Img

How the 12 Steps Have Helped Me Cope With HIV for Over 30 Years

"The same process that helped me get clean and sober helped me make peace with my HIV diagnosis. Let us count the ways!"

How an Abandoned, Beloved Nightclub Saved My Life Img

How an Abandoned, Beloved Nightclub Saved My Life

Longtime performer and activist Sherri Lewis remembers the repurposing of the Electric Circus nightclub, where she found salvation from addiction -- and the courage to stay sober amid a 1980s HIV diagnosis.

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Can E-Cigarettes Be a Harm Reduction Approach for HIV-Positive Smokers?

Some people with HIV are steadfast in using medications to stay healthy, but are daily tobacco smokers. Damon L. Jacobs asks if e-cigarettes could be a less harmful option.

Sugar, Sex and Substances: Why It's Hard to Make Changes Img

Sugar, Sex and Substances: Why It's Hard to Make Changes

"A lot of us want to stop, reduce or change how we use a substance in our lives," writes Joanna Eveland, M.D. "But it can be hard. We've evolved, as a species with bodies that are particularly attuned to rewards and incentives."

Facing the Past of Addiction: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton Img

Facing the Past of Addiction: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton

"In this video I talk about a moment in which I am reminded of the person that I was when I relapsed on crystal. I have been clean for 265 days and with each day it gets easier. Being in recovery means taking one day at a time."

Handling Depression and Having Pride After an HIV Diagnosis Img

Handling Depression and Having Pride After an HIV Diagnosis

Richard Cordova, a 33-year-old gay man from Chicago, was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS in 2002 -- which did not surprise him, since he had been living a life of hard partying, heavy drug use and unprotected sex at the time. He came across an opportunity fo...