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    1. HIV/AIDS and Mental Health Issues


      David Fawcett survived the shock of learning he was HIV-positive in 1988. It wasn't until 4 years later that the full reality of his situation set in. Hospitalized with non-Hodgkin's lymphoma, a cancer that starts in the immune system, Fawcett's doctor told him he would likely die. "There was a whol

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    2. Talking About Being HIV-Positive

      Telling someone that you're HIV-positive is rarely easy. But it's an important conversation to have. Disclosing can relieve the burden of keeping a secret, plus you'll hopefully add to your support system. It may actually improve your overall health. Still, "This is a very personal disease and no on

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    3. HIV: Is a Cure in Reach?

      Researchers remain hopeful that they're heading in the right direction to finding a cure for HIV/AIDS.  Cases in which antiretroviral drug therapy kept away signs of HIV in a pair of infants for several years may offer a clue to treating newly diagnosed adults.   Usually, babies who might be HIV pos

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    4. What to Eat When You Have HIV

      There’s no specific eating plan for people with HIV, but an overall healthy diet can help your health a lot. Having the virus weakens your immune system. Because your body uses nutrients to keep up its defenses against germs, eating well can help you fight off infections. It can also boost your ener

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    5. HIV and Your Diet: Countering Weight Loss

      Most people with HIV don't need a special diet. But if you're feeling sick and having symptoms like nausea, diarrhea, or weight loss, you may need some changes to what and how you eat. Losing too much weight can be serious. Without good nutrition, you may get sicker. "Good nutrition is very importan

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    6. HIV as You Get Older

      By 2013, almost 30 percent of all people with HIV were age 50 or over. This greying of the HIV population shows how well today’s HIV treatments can work. HIV makes aging itself more complicated. But plenty of people have had HIV for years, even decades, and are doing well. "These days, we fully expe

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    7. HIV Testing: What You Need to Know

      Wondering if you should get an HIV test? The answer is: Yes. "Everybody needs to be tested for HIV at least once," says Brad Hare, director of the HIV/AIDS Division at San Francisco General Hospital. Fortunately, HIV testing is easier, quicker, and more accurate than it used to be. And because HIV t

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    8. Sex and Intimacy With HIV

      If you or your partner has HIV, know this: With treatment and protection, you can have a long, healthy life together -- and have good sex together, too. You have to use protection, whether you're HIV-positive or you're in a mixed-status couple, in which one person has HIV and the other doesn't. Use

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    9. Advances in HIV Treatment: Understanding ART

      Antiretroviral therapy -- or ART -- revolutionized HIV treatment in the past few decades. And newer improvements, like one-pill-a-day drugs, are making life with HIV easier and safer. "HIV really is a chronic disease now," says Brad Hare, MD, medical director of the HIV/AIDS Division at San Francisc

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    10. HIV and Pregnancy

      HIV-positive women who are thinking about getting pregnant -- or already are pregnant -- have options that can help them stay healthy and protect their babies from becoming HIV-infected. Since the mid-1990s, HIV testing and preventive measures have resulted in more than a 90% decline in the number o

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