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Wanna Get Intimate? Sign Here, Please.

"For Tracy Johnson, 22 and HIV positive, romance often begins at a karaoke bar," Housing Works reports. "He's at ease until it's time for the first kiss -- that's when he leans in, pulls out the document and asks the object of his affection to sign, ...

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The Healing Power of Being Present: A Blog Entry by David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

Sometimes, the best thing we can do for our patients or clients is just to listen to them, explains David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.: "Practicing acceptance of, as well as curiosity about, that patient in front of you can keep the experience grounded i...

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The Risk and Rewards of Optimism: A Blog Entry by David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W.

"Smile, it can't be that bad!" My client Sam had just arrived in my office and was angry and upset that a total stranger had approached him with these words while he was shopping for groceries. "Can you believe that?" he asked before adding, "And tha...

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HHS Launches New Website:

Today, HHS launches a new website called The site provides information from government agencies on how kids, teens, young adults, parents, educators, and others in the community can prevent or stop bullying. It also provides informa...

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Mental and Psychological Problems Affect Over 50% in U.S. HIV Group

Slightly more than half of HIV-positive adults in a new nationwide US study have some form of neuropsychological (NP) impairment, which includes problems that affect the brain (like mental sharpness and memory) and the mood (like depression).1 People...

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Children (Ages 0-17)

Anxiety/Stress Among Mothers Living With HIV: Effects on Parenting Skills and Child Outcomes

In their introduction the authors noted, "Parental HIV infection has been associated with negative outcomes for children, and parenting skills appear to be one mechanism operating in that association." The current study examines the relations between...

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I Am HIV Positive and I Don't Blame Anybody -- Including Myself

"We are encouraged to think about [HIV] prevention and transmission in terms of responsibility. Someone must be at fault. Culturally, we hunt for secret villains," Kirk Grisham writes. In this Black AIDS Institute article, Grisham argues that this me...

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HHS Secretary Addresses Bullying and Teen Suicide

The problems of bullying and suicide are serious -- and children or adolescents who are, or are perceived to be, LGBT are at particular risk. We would like to note that HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius and Education Secretary Arne Duncan highlighted t...

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Older Adults (Ages 50+)

Loneliness and HIV-Related Stigma Explain Depression Among Older HIV-Positive Adults

Service providers and researchers should "assert more aggressive and innovative efforts to resolve both psychosocial and physical health issues that characterize the graying of the AIDS epidemic in the USA," according to the authors of the current st...

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Holistic Treatments for Depression

Roughly 5 percent to 10 percent of the general population becomes depressed, but up to 60 percent of people with HIV experience depression, according to the New Mexico AIDS Education and Training Center at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences...