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Overcoming Peripheral Neuropathy

Michael, who stands at 5 feet 11 inches and 165 pounds, is a 35-year-old real estate agent from Queens who works out 4 or 5 times per week and practices very healthy eating habits. Except for the occasional flu, Michael has enjoyed good health, so ...

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Nutrition

Mangia Bene!

Art by Robert Leach

Winter has arrived, and it's my least favorite time of year. My body doesn't respond well to the season; no matter how many layers of clothing I put on, when I'm cold, I'm cold. Therefore, I tend to be out of doors as little as n...

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News

In Sickness and in Health: New York Joins the National Gay Men's Health Movement

A Roman emperor once said: "Promise to do in health what you promise to do when sick." That's exactly what activist and author Eric Rofes had in mind when he convened the first Gay Men's Health Summit in Boulder in 1999, attracting 300 activists and ...

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Personal Stories

The Face of AIDS on Fire Island

Art by Robert Leach

The first time I saw Fire Island was in 1969, the year of Stonewall, in which I was an unwitting participant. I saw Paradise and took a job as a waiter the very next summer at The Sandpiper. I fell in love with The Pines and deci...

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Death & Mourning

After a Suicide

Recently a close gay male friend committed suicide. He was HIV-positive for almost 10 years and on medication. Everyone I have spoken to about his death thinks it was because he was HIV-positive, but I don't. I think it was something else. He had j...

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Into the Third Decade of AIDS: Books on HIV and Mental Health

Counseling Chemically Dependent People With HIV Illness; Michael Shernoff, Editor; 172 pages, Reprint edition (February 1992), Harrington Park Press, $19.95.The Second Decade of AIDS: A Mental Health Practice Handbook; Michael Shernoff and Walt Odets...

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News

Women, Families, and HIV/AIDS: A Sociological Perspective on the Epidemic in America

I first became aware of the way in which the AIDS epidemic was affecting women in the mid-'80s. From the beginning, the epidemic affected gay men disproportionately and as a result, it had a powerful male profile. Many women did not realize their o...

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Mixed-Status Couples

When Only One of You Doesn't Test Poz

Illustration by Carlos N. Molina

There's a new kind of "mixed marriage." It requires some new ways of coping with a virus.

Gay couples have faced the specter of HIV for two decades, and we've pretty much done well. We've risen above the terror of f...

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Single in the City

"The Bottom Line Is: I Am Lonely for a Relationship"

I am 45 year-old, heterosexual female, single with no children and a former drug user. Five years ago, I found out I was HIV-positive. Since then I have stopped going out to the bars and dance cl...

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Research With Couples of Mixed HIV Status

All couples face challenges to the development and maintenance of their relationship. When helping a couple address their relationship difficulties, therapists have found that it is extremely important to work with the couple as a unit, rather than w...