Follow Us
https://www.thebody.com/category/physical-health-hiv/tag/personal-stories
Physical Health Issues

Personal Stories

The Latest

Randall McDavid selfie.

How Providers Are Helping People With HIV When Health Systems are Strained Due to Coronavirus

One nurse practitioner in the U.S. talks about his experience providing HIV care in the time of COVID-19.

Tim Murphy selfie.

Being Trapped Sick in the House Is Making Me Think of the AIDS Days

"It’s a relief to have zero sex drive. It makes you realize that sex can be wildly fulfilling from time to time, but that we probably wouldn’t even bother having sex if the need to have it weren’t always nagging away at us."

Charles Sanchez credit Robert Norman Photography

In My Feelings: 16 Years Since My AIDS Diagnosis

Living with HIV for the past 16 years and being over the age of 50, Charles Sanchez is showing signs of aging, but no sign of slowing down.

Gynecological chair in doctor's office

Accessing a Safe, Legal Abortion in the South Felt Like A Perilous Journey. It Shouldn't.

Through The Afiya Center, an organization run by black women in Texas, this anonymous writer was finally able to get the abortion she needed.

The Cranky Queer's Guide to Chronic Illness Img

The Cranky Queer's Guide to Chronic Illness

"We've got a lot to talk about; we can help each other through," JD Davids writes.

Rosacea: My Story -- A Blog Entry by Justin B. Terry-Smith Img

Rosacea: My Story -- A Blog Entry by Justin B. Terry-Smith

After dealing with the physical and emotional consequences of suffering from the skin condition for five years, Justin B. Terry-Smith thinks he might have finally found a solution.

When It Comes to Meds, You Don't Know What Will Work Img

When It Comes to Meds, You Don't Know What Will Work

For Louis, a switch in his HIV meds was all he needed to get rid of those pesky side effects and feel like he did "before AIDS messed me up."

Looking at the Bright Side in the Face of Overwhelming Side Effects From HIV Meds Img

Looking at the Bright Side in the Face of Overwhelming Side Effects From HIV Meds

"Ten years later, and I'm still here to tell the tale, but it has been a hard road at times! Rory writes. "I never want to burden people with my woes, so I always put a brave face on and hide behind a mask."

HIV Meds, Low Quality of Sleep and Low CD4 Count Img

HIV Meds, Low Quality of Sleep and Low CD4 Count

Is there a connection between consistent quality of sleep and a person's CD4 count? That's a question John R. and his doctor are exploring.

Promo Image

My Journey of Transformation

It was October 1995, that much I can tell you, but don't ask me the date or the week. Autumn was setting in and a last visual impression -- my blurred reflection on the glass doors -- was engraved in my mind. Like me, other patients sat in the wait...