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


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.

By Gabriel Torres

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?"

By Mark S. King for

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!"

By Sherri Lewis

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.

By Sherri Lewis

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.

By Damon L. Jacobs, L.M.F.T.

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."

By Joanna Eveland, M.D. for BETA

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."

By Aaron Laxton

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...

By Olivia G. Ford

Mental Health and HIV: Spotting Symptoms and Solving Problems

Viral load and CD4 counts are such useful indicators of viral activity and immune function that there is always the danger that the measure of "how things are going" begins and ends with those two tests. While these and other lab values are undeniabl...

By Tonia Poteat, Ph.D., P.A.-C., M.P.H. for Positively Aware