Attitudes Towards Hiv Infected People

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The Well Project

Older Women: At Risk for HIV Infection matter what your age, look into HIVtesting. You have a better chance of staying well if you are diagnosed soonerand get good medical care. If infected, you do not have to give in to thevirus, or give up. If you have a good attitude and take care of yourself, youmay be able to live with HIV as a chronic disease, well into old age. And ifyou are negative, you can learn what precautions you need to take to stay thatway.
Ask the Experts

How long can a person live with HIV/AIDS?

What is the longest time that someone has lived with the AIDS virus active in their body? does HIV always turn into AIDS? Is it possible for a person with AIDS or HIV to live a full long life? What is the average life span?
Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Response from Rick Sowadsky, M.P.H.

Nevada State Health Division AIDS Program
...substance abuse, may not live as long.2) How well the person takes care of themselves emotionally. People with a positive mental attitude tend to live longer than those with a pessimistic or negative mental attitude.3) The virulence of the... Read more »

Kidney Transplant/Dialysis

I've had HIV for 2 years and now am undetectable with viral load of about 550. I've been having kidney problems, so my doctor sent me to a nephrologist. They did a biopsy and found that it was not cancer, but my creatinine level is high and the...
Judith Feinberg, M.D.

Response from Judith Feinberg, M.D.

University of Cincinnati, College of Medicine
...nephropathy ("HIVAN") that can cause kidney failure. Secondly, it is true that organ transplants are rarely done in HIV+s, although attitudes are changing about his because it now seems possible that HIV-infected people may live out a normal... Read more »


The longer I live the more I realize the impact of attitude on life . Attitude is more important to me than a fact , it is more important than the past , than education , than money , than...
Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Response from Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Psychotherapist and Author
...You are very correct when you say that attitude is important. It often is the deciding factor why two people with the exact same illness respond differently with one living Read more »

Is my attitude healthy?

I'd like to say that I think you do a great job and seem to get right to the point when a question is asked.I found out that I was HIV+ in December '99 after a bout of community acquired pneumonia. Needless to say it came as something of a shock. ...
Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Response from Michael Shernoff, M.S.W.

Psychotherapist and Author
...Each person has to deal with the crises that occur in his or her life in a manner that is adaptive and authentic for that person. Therapy Read more »
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation

Guttmacher Institute Publishes Reports on HIV Stigma in China, Child and Adolescent Marriage

...the June issue of its journal International Family Planning Perspectives . Summaries appear below. " In China, Negative Attitudes Toward HIV-Infected People Are Associated With Risky Behavior ": The article reviews a study conducted by... Read more »
The Body

Can Talking Defeat AIDS? The International Conference on Stigma Says "Yes"

...responses towards AIDS. Why Would It Be Necessary to Have a Conference on Stigma? The subtitle of this conference was The attitude that spreads HIV . It is stigma that causes people who are infected to keep their disease a secret and... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

Telling Others You're HIV Positive best to have good communication about your child's HIV status. Meet with the principal and discuss the school's policy and attitude on HIV. Meet with the nurse and your child's teacher. Be sure to talk about your child's legal right to... Read more »
AIDS InfoNet

AIDS Myths and Misunderstandings care for the same reasons as anyone else: low income, inconvenient health care offices, fear of being sick, and so on. Attitudes about health care and health care providers were much less important. Myths About Medications It has been... Read more »