David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., is a social worker, certified sex therapist and clinical hypnotherapist. He has worked in the areas of mental health and substance abuse for more than 25 years.

Diagnosed with HIV in 1988, David is dedicated to promoting physical and emotional resilience in his own life and in the lives of his psychotherapy clients. Like the Hindu goddess Durga, he strives to live fearlessly and patiently, never losing his sense of humor even in battles of epic proportions.

David's blog entries have appeared on LifeLube and The Bilerico Project, Florida. He's also a contributor to TheBodyPRO.com's blog for health care providers, HIV Care Today. He answers questions about Mental Health and Substance Use in two separate "Ask the Experts" forums on TheBody.com. David resides in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla., with his partner.

David is the author of Lust, Men and Meth: A Guy Mans Guide to Sex and Recovery. Learn more about David on his website, www.david-fawcett.com.

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Latest by David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Six Things Providers Should Know About HIV-Associated Neurocognitive Disorders

HIV-associated neurocognitive disorders, including dementia, may be well-documented issues, but they're still being understood. New research answers some questions providers may have about HIV's impact on the brain.

By David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

New Dangers Emerge as Cocaine, Meth, and Other Stimulants Overtake Opioids

Data presented at the National Cocaine, Meth, and Stimulant Summit highlighted the dangerous fusion of the opioid and stimulant epidemics, creating an opportunity for a significant increase in new cases of HIV and HCV.

By David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

How Providers Can Address HIV, Aging, and Polypharmacy

"Finding the proper balance between risk and benefit can sometimes be more art than science," writes David Fawcett Ph.D., LCSW.

By David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

The Reunion Project Seeks to Build an HIV Research Agenda for Long-Term Survivors

Since 2015, The Reunion Project (TRP) long-term survivors connect and talk about their common experiences. Several workshops at USCA 2018 facilitated by TRP offered long-term survivors a rare opportunity voice to their experiences and feelings.

By David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

High-Risk Youth in Lower-Income Countries Who Inject Drugs: Challenges and Opportunities

Young people who inject drugs represent a significant portion of new HIV cases around the world, especially in lower-income countries in Eastern Europe, Central Asia, and Southeast Asia, attendees at an AIDS 2018 workshop were told.

By David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

HIV-Related Stigma and Discrimination: New Insights for Effective Interventions From AIDS 2018

At AIDS 2018, the session "Antifragile: Strengthening the HIV Response Through Addressing Stigma and Discrimination" reviewed new developments in the effort to combat stigma and discrimination.

By David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Excessive Online Support Can Be Harmful to HIV Patients

A new study from the University of Buffalo School of Management indicates that too much online support can actually be deleterious to self-care behavior.

By David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Depression in People With HIV May Increase Missed Appointments, Detectable Viral Load, and Mortality, Says New Study

As providers and advocates work to increase the number of people who are virally suppressed for their long-term health, research shows dealing with depression for people with HIV may be one critical solution.

By David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

How to Address Seasonal Affective Disorder Among People Living With HIV

While the classification of SAD might be in flux, many people living with HIV/AIDS experience a worsening of symptoms in the winter months that is worthy of attention, therapist David Fawcett, Ph.D., explains.

By David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

How to Help Long-Term HIV Survivors Embrace an Unanticipated Life

"As health care professionals, we can help long-term survivors embrace a life they never expected to live with a conscious awareness and acknowledgment of their life experience," writes David Fawcett Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

By David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.