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Loneliness as a Disease

Loneliness as a Disease

HIV remains a health condition that can carry a heavy burden of stigma. The fear of facing the consequences of these prejudices leads many people who learn that they are living with HIV to keep it a secret, as well as to isolate themselves more and more, worried that their diagnosis will become known. However, loneliness, whether physical or perceived, is a factor that can have a significant negative effect on the quality of life and the health condition of those who suffer from it. In the...

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Your Treatment and Lipodystrophy: What You Need to Know

Your Treatment and Lipodystrophy: What You Need to Know

Most frequent symptoms of body fat alterations are:  Loss of body fat: most visible on the face, but also legs, arms and buttocks.  Fat accumulation: this happens in the abdomen, chest (in men and women), shoulders and neck (where a sort of hump may develop). There can also be internal fat accumulation, in the organs.  A person who’s under treatment may present only one of these symptoms, and it may be due not only from one specific medication, but because of several reasons, which can include...

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Your Mental Health Is Also Important

Your Mental Health Is Also Important

Some studies have shown that depression, anxiety and loneliness may be related to a worsening mental health, poor quality of living and even a worse cognitive performance in people who live with HIV. This is why mental health is an aspect that must not be neglected.  At the same time, other investigations have found that mindfulness is a technique that helps reduce levels of depression and anxiety in people with HIV.  What is mindfulness and how does it work? Mindfulness is a type of...

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What Leads a Person to Stick to Their Treatment (or Not)?

What Leads a Person to Stick to Their Treatment (or Not)?

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), the degree to which the behavior of a sick person coincides with the indications for treatment provided by medical personnel is known as adherence to treatment.  It seems like a simple concept, but in practice it’s difficult to achieve for almost any type of disease and treatment. Even in 2003, WHO calculated that the adherence rate in people with chronic afflictions all over the world was only 50%. Regarding HIV, treatment is crucial In the...

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Love After HIV

Love After HIV

Facing an HIV diagnosis means becoming aware that many things in everyday life will change from that very moment. Processing all these changes takes time, and it’s important to try to manage one thing at a time.  And one of these aspects that are necessarily affected is the person’s relationship with love and the concept of being a couple. When we talk about a single person who receives an HIV diagnosis, many times the catastrophic idea that they will never be accepted by anybody ever again...

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If You Live With HIV, Get Vaccinated Against Covid-19

If You Live With HIV, Get Vaccinated Against Covid-19

Since its appearance over a year ago, the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which causes COVID-19, has raised a great number of mysteries which scientific teams from all over the world have dedicated to unravel. Among the questions, one immediately arose regarding how the new disease could affect people who were already living with HIV.  With time and after several studies, there is no hard data showing that people with HIV have a higher risk of getting the novel coronavirus, however, there is data showing...

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I Have HIV, Who Should I Tell?

Receiving an HIV diagnosis is definitely a life changing moment. Even when the infection caused by this virus is perfectly controllable with medications, knowing the news that you have a chronic disease is always shocking and many times, you need a few days in order to take it all in.  Once you’ve processed this information and accepted the idea that this is the new reality you will live in, you find that you have to make a decision regarding a next step: who should I (or want to) tell...

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I Have HIV, Now What?

I was very nervous when I went to get my HIV test. In my opinion, I had not had a very active sex life, but I was aware that I had not used a condom many times, whether it be because of haste, not losing the opportunity or because the other person did not bring it up.  And now I was there, in the room of a foundation, waiting for the results of a rapid test that could change my life forever. And it did. The counselor called me into his office and told me the result had been positive. I...

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I Have HIV: How Do I Tell This to a Potential Partner?

When they told me I had HIV, I went into a crisis. I thought my life was over, but not because I was going to die, since I had several friends who had the virus and were very stable with their treatment. What hurt was that I was single at the time, and I was sure that no man was going to want to be with me if they found out about this.  And there I was: 21 years old, single and facing my new reality.  Obviously, sex was the last thing I thought about for the first few weeks. I felt...

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HIV Treatment: Why Is It Important if There Is No Cure?

Getting a diagnosis for any disease is not easy, especially when it’s about one which has no cure and requires that you take medication for the rest of your life. HIV is no different than any other disease, the only advantage, perhaps, is that treatment is free and accessible in most countries in the region; also, there exist a lot of clinics, information, resources and associations that can help you lead your treatment successfully and be able to have a long, healthy and full life.  But...

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