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HIV: The Experience Is Your Own, But You're Not Alone in the Room Img

HIV: The Experience Is Your Own, But You're Not Alone in the Room

"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."

Anthony Bourdain

A Lust for Life and Anthony Bourdain

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."

Mental Illness, HIV and Stigma Img

Mental Illness, HIV and Stigma

"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."

Universes Collide: Volunteerism, Charlie Sheen and My Depression -- A Blog Entry by Lynda Arnold Img

Universes Collide: Volunteerism, Charlie Sheen and My Depression -- A Blog Entry by Lynda Arnold

"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.

Considering Gender When Exploring HIV-Trauma Therapy Interventions: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton Img

Considering Gender When Exploring HIV-Trauma Therapy Interventions: A Blog Entry by Aaron Laxton

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.

Moving On: A Blog Entry by Jeannie Wraight Img

Moving On: A Blog Entry by Jeannie Wraight

"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?"

My Depression, Trauma, HIV and Getting Help: A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia Img

My Depression, Trauma, HIV and Getting Help: A Blog Entry by Maria T. Mejia

"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.

So Very Thankful! A Blog Entry by Lynda Arnold Img

So Very Thankful! A Blog Entry by Lynda Arnold

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.

One Day at a Time: A Blog Entry by Rae Lewis-Thornton Img

One Day at a Time: A Blog Entry by Rae Lewis-Thornton

"People take trauma lightly, but it has an impact on one's life. Over these years my health has required so much to manage."

Checking Back in After My Long Hospitalizations: A Blog Entry by Lynda Arnold Img

Checking Back in After My Long Hospitalizations: A Blog Entry by Lynda Arnold

"I realized that we only get one life -- one pass through -- and God, it has to count." Blogger Lynda Arnold shares lessons from a long, frightening period of health challenges.