Articles tagged with: personal stories of people living with HIV

Thinking about retirement? I am.

published: March, 15, 2018 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Aging, Gay Men, Health, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy has been diagnosed with HIV for 25 years and actively involved in HIV work for all of that time. Aging, though, brings constraints and thoughts of when to get off the merry-go-round. Is this the time?

Thinking about retirement? I am.

I think it was reaching 70 that did it. My energy seemed to be less and my eyesight and hearing both weren’t what they were. I needed shorter days, less stress. More than ever I was aware of my potential to make a difference, but also of my limitations. And I started to think how much longer I could do this work? My work, like many of yours, is a mixture of excitement and drudgery. The excitement comes from things like attending conferences, travelling the world and being part of changing t

Fear of stigma perpetuates stigma.

published: March, 15, 2018 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // Social Media, Activism, African, Caribbean and Black, Kimutai Kemboi, Youth, Mental Health, Health, International , Opinion Pieces

From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi on self stigma and the healthy benefits of disclosure

Fear of stigma perpetuates stigma.

As people living with HIV, we go through a series of challenges, one after the other. Testing positive is a big issue and as we try to cope with the situation another life threatening issue arises; stigma. Stigma sounds like a simple word but it is intense enough to take someone's life. It is an 'opportunistic infection' on its own that can only heal on bold people or those people who can take the bull by its own horns. The weak souls will find it hard to fight. As we know, stigma comes in t

IAS names San Francisco and Oakland hosts of AIDS 2020

published: March, 14, 2018 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // International AIDS Conference , Social Media, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Media, Rob Olver - Editor

Over 50 Bay Area, US & Global Orgs representing key populations oppose AIDS 2020 in San Francisco. Rob Olver reports.

IAS names San Francisco and Oakland hosts of AIDS 2020

13 March 2018  – The International AIDS Society (IAS) has announced that San Francisco, California, in partnership with nearby Oakland, will host the 23rd International AIDS Conference (AIDS 2020) but that decision has already drawn fire. While the decision was hailed by Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi as “fitting and deeply inspiring”, a letter released today by every major national network of people living with HIV in the U.S., along with other organizations and individuals calls

HIV doesn’t define a parent’s power to love

published: March, 14, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Research, International , Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Media, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces

People living with HIV often feel cut off from society and judged by their decision to become parents. From FS Magazine, Mark Mesiti reports on an initiative to help end the stigma.

HIV doesn’t define a parent’s power to love

Photo © Shutterstock.com / WaveBreakMedia Despite significant medical advances, increased awareness and the ability to live a full life with HIV, a social stigma still exists around people with HIV having a family. This stigma does not just affect the LGBT community; it is very much a mainstream issue. Does a stigma exist? With almost 50% of HIV-positive respondents in a recent European study commissioned by Gilead Sciences stating that they felt having HIV would be a barrier to them ha

Celebrating International Women's Day with inspiring dolls

published: March, 09, 2018 Written by // Félix Garmendía Categories // Aging, Social Media, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Current Affairs, Women, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces, Félix Garmendía

Barbie released dolls celebrating diverse leaders for International Women’s Day and New York guy Félix Garmendía says the idea is "absolutely brilliant."

Celebrating International Women's Day with inspiring dolls

I heard yesterday about the new Barbie collection. I am not particularly a toy enthusiast but a friend posted this new Barbie collection on my Facebook page. The reason why my friend posted it on my page is because this new collection, consists of 17 inspiring women. From all the inspiring women chosen, Frida Kahlo, my favorite artist, is one of them. Frida Kahlo and her doll The posting produced a few comments from some of my friends. Very interesting observations that raised questions

Undetectable viral load: further talks with Sammy

published: March, 08, 2018 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Activism, As Prevention , Kimutai Kemboi, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Media, Opinion Pieces

From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi on the many benefits of adherence to antiretroviral therapy (ART).

Undetectable viral load: further talks with Sammy

I must say having a talk with Sammy (as I said, not his real name) was one of the most interesting discussion I have ever had with anyone. His questions were endless, as each response gave rise to more questions but I was happy coz everything he asked was very relevant. Sammy: This is very interesting. So you mean an undetectable person can be in an intimate relationship with a negative person without posing a threat to him or her? Kemboi: (looking at my cup of tea) Just a minute Sammy, my t

Sad, sad tears of a clown pt. one

published: March, 07, 2018 Written by // Isaac D. Joseph Categories // Social Media, African, Caribbean and Black, Gay Men, Youth, Isaac D. Joseph, Mental Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Isaac D. Joseph on living with HIV and depression.

Sad, sad tears of a clown pt. one

“Now if there's a smile on my face it's only there trying to fool the public…But don't let my glad expression give you the wrong impression… Like a clown I appear to be glad…But ain't too much sadder than the tears of a clown when there's no one around – Smokey Robinson The saddest kind of sad is when your tears can’t even fall and you feel nothing. Your world has ended, you don’t cry, you don’t speak, you don’t hear, you don’t see. You just stay there sunken and hollow an

Undetectable viral load is a milestone in this journey.

published: March, 05, 2018 Written by // Kimutai Kemboi, Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Social Media, Activism, As Prevention , Kimutai Kemboi, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Media

From Kenya, Kimutai Kemboi spreads the word that undetectable equals untransmittable

Undetectable viral load is a milestone in this journey.

I had a conversation with this guy, Sammy (not his real name) and I feel I should share it so that other people learn the facts. Sammy: Hi Kim? (the short name of Kimutai) Kemboi: Hi to you bro, how is the going? Sammy: All is well, how about you? Kemboi: Everything is perfect, just up and down as a routine. Sammy: There is something that has been disturbing my mind for a while now and I have tried asking and researching but I am not convinced by the responses. That is why I thought of a

US studies underline importance of primary care physicians for people with HIV

published: March, 05, 2018 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, General Health, Research, Health, International , Revolving Door, Media, Guest Authors

From AIDSmap, Keith Alcorn reports on two studies assessing the influence of provider type on outcomes of chronic co-morbidities in HIV.

US studies underline importance of primary care physicians for people with HIV

People with HIV who have other medical conditions such as high blood pressure or high lipids appear to do better if they have a primary care physician as well as an HIV physician, according to a study of people receiving care through UCLA Center for Clinical AIDS Research and Education, researchers report in The Journal of Infectious Diseases. A second study, looking at chronic medical conditions, or co-morbidities, in a large sample of people with HIV in the United States found that high b

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for March: anchoring for what's coming next.

published: March, 02, 2018 Written by // Ed Wolf Categories // Social Media, Activism, Aging, Gay Men, Current Affairs, International , Ed Wolf, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

Ed Wolf asks, "How do we reunite with such hatred, persecution and division occurring across the land?"

Ed Wolf's journal of the Trump years for March: anchoring for what's coming next.

Day 180. Fantasy Potluck On May 9 1865, 152 years ago today, President Andrew Johnson officially declared that the Civil War had ended. By then, well over 700,000 Americans had lost their lives. This morning I’m thinking of the Trump voters in my life and wondering how we’re going to come back together, call a truce, practice amnesty, cross the aisle. How do we reunite with such hatred, persecution and division occurring across the land? Continued accusations and mean-spirited interaction

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