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Living well with HIV- Celebrating a social movement

Living well with HIV- Celebrating a social movement

Lately I have enjoyed viewing www.ted.com, a site that webcasts ideas worth spreading. In particular, ted.com highlights many of the world’s best speakers presenting on a range of subjects. I find many of the topics mentally stimulating and very inspiring. Some of the presenters speak on how people are generating social change by using social […]

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Living well with HIV- Growing through relationships

Living well with HIV- Growing through relationships

Having healthy relationships is generally fundamental to everyone’s well being. The meaning or philosophy we attach to relationships when we form them, experience them and/ or break them often becomes a big part of our personal life story. Some people view relationships from a fatalistic point of view. You meet who you’re meant to meet […]

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Living well with HIV – Happy Pride and coming out as having HIV

Pride can sometimes be a catalyst to assist people in coming out. I think one of the powerful messages from Pride is the notion of having the freedom to be yourself. That all of our self is acceptable, even if some people have yet to catch up with the idea of ‘live and let live’. […]

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Living well with HIV – Vienna 2010

Living well with HIV – Vienna 2010

Living with HIV more often than not means living with the medication to stop the replication of HIV. In Australia, approximately 80 percent of PLHIV are currently on medication. The interest in HIV medication continues to increase as the role of treatments into the realm of prevention continues to be explored and expanded. This is […]

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Living well with HIV – Lustful sex

Living well with HIV – Lustful sex

When we engage in lustful sex, more often than not we are emotionally driven by how hot the person is and how horny we are feeling. In these circumstances rational thinking processes can be somewhat limited. Occasionally we acquire sexually transmissible infections (STIs). Using condoms all the time will protect against HIV but they don’t […]

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Living well with HIV – The Greater Good

Previously I have written about the need to reduce the stigma around HIV, about the need to let go of old irrational fears of how HIV is transmitted like the myths about transmission via mosquitoes, and deep kissing (both very untrue by the way). I find it increasingly difficult to advocate for a reduction in […]

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Living Well With HIV – Interview with Kim Brooklyn

Kim Brooklyn is the new Positive Services Manager for the WA AIDS Council and has now been in the position for a about year. Given that the WA AIDS Council is currently conducting an independent review of HIV Positive Services I thought it was timely to interview Kim and get a sense of her and […]

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Living Well With HIV – Pills For A Lifetime.

There is ongoing debate about whether people should start HIV treatments earlier or later. Historically many people have waited to start treatments to avoid side effects, or until they really needed them and to avoid the lifestyle cost of a rigid regime of taking pills. But how does taking pills play out today? In February […]

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Living Well With HIV – Ahead of time

For many of us, growing older may mean that our bodies will begin to reveal vulnerabilities and normal age related health issues may become evident. Psychologically we also start the gradual adjustment to growing older by beginning to recognise and accept that perhaps we need to drive our body less hard than we once did. […]

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Living Well With HIV: Acceptance

Elisabeth Kubler Ross describes five common stages that people go through when they are experiencing the process of grief or loss; denial, anger, bargaining, depression and acceptance. One of the personal challenges for people living with HIV is to overcome the sense of loss derived from no longer being able to play out their sexuality […]

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