The HIV community spills the tea on how they spend The Big V.D.!
"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."
In contemplating Bourdain's suicide and her own battle with depression, Sherri Lewis writes, "I discovered that my problems were not about dying, but about how to live."
"I myself am guilty 100 percent of isolating myself at times and have been doing this since I was a child," writes Christina Carta. "It has led to depression, agoraphobia and anxiety. When I was diagnosed with HIV it made it so much worse."
"Instead of opening a national discussion on prevention medicine and the importance of getting into care, the media circus seemed to be more entrenched with the salaciousness of potential wrongdoings and shameful pasts," Arnold writes.
As blogger Aaron Laxton continues his education in clinical social work, he has discovered mental health isn't focused on enough when it comes to the complete care of people living with HIV, particularly for women.
"It's our nature to look back at the year that was, and dream about what the new year will bring," Jeannie writes. "After all, who doesn't want the coming year to rock?"
"After participating in the Greater than AIDS campaign, I had an aha moment and even though I went down and broke down this helped me to ask for help!" Maria says.
With a new lease on life -- and new ways to strengthen her memory in the midst of HIV-related dementia -- blogger Lynda Arnold has a lot to be thankful for.
"People take trauma lightly, but it has an impact on one's life. Over these years my health has required so much to manage."