Sure, there are physical and lifestyle changes that come along with an HIV diagnosis. But just as important is taking time to heal from trauma.
Australian activist Steven Spencer on how he came to understand HIV stigma once he tested positive, and his renewed commitment to social justice and enjoyment of life.
"I want people to understand that living with HIV is not an obstacle," says Armando Ramirez-Guzman, who has been living with HIV since 2003. "You can live life, go out and have fun, and enjoy a movie date."
"We try to foster connection. We look at civic and social engagement and build community," said the manager of a program based in San Francisco.
Knowing how to manage your antidepressants is as important as managing your HIV medications.
Morris Roy, Ph.D., with Callen-Lorde Community Health Center in New York City, explains how therapists can help people who have experienced trauma find peace of mind.
That's right -- the anesthetic and club drug ketamine can provide dramatic, swift relief when antidepressants cannot.
In his first time writing publicly about his HIV status, Aaron Anderson details how he learned to love after being diagnosed with HIV.
Brian Belovitch has learned many lessons about self-care during his long journey with HIV and trans identity. Now he channels those lessons into his work as a mental health provider.
Diagnosed with HIV in 1987 while living as a trans woman in New York City, long-term survivor Brian Belovitch documents his life and journey in a new memoir.