Living with HIV

Life with HIV: Keeping a calm mind and happy heart

Stay calm and be happy, the doctor says. It’s good for your immune system. And you’re like, “thanks a million, Doc. Now I’m stressed and depressed because I’m not calm and happy.”  It might sound […]

Alcohol, Drugs & HIV

HIV risks of using meth, cocaine, and injected drugs

Injected drugs have a notorious reputation for spreading HIV, but a lot people who use drugs never use needles. Does that mean it’s safer to use drugs like meth and cocaine if you don’t inject […]

Living with HIV

The awkward love triangle : You, your partner, and HIV

People living with HIV are just like everybody else when it comes to relationships. Most days they love each other. Sometimes they stop talking all day because they disagree deeply on momentous issues (like, you […]

Living with HIV

HIV nutrition: What foods should I eat?

Eating lots of fruits and vegetables and taking it easy on sweets and fatty foods is great advice for anyone. It’s even better advice when you’re living with HIV. HIV medicines just suppress the virus; […]

Getting Tested

Video: 5 reasons to get tested for HIV

There’s really no excuse. Here’s five good reasons you should get tested for HIV today! Positive Peers is made possible through a U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Health Resources and Services Administration, HIV/AIDS […]

HIV 101

HIV in the body: The HIV life cycle

The human body’s immune system uses a specific kind of white blood cell called CD4 or t-cells to sound the alarm when invaders like viruses and bacteria get into the bloodstream. These CD4 cells are […]

HIV 101

The stages of HIV & AIDS

Shedding Light on The Stages of HIV and AIDS Once HIV gets into the bloodstream, it immediately starts making copies of itself that spread throughout the body. What happens next are the three stages of […]

HIV 101

HIV symptoms: Do I have HIV?

A stuffy nose tells you you’ve caught a cold. A skin rash means you’re allergic to something you’ve eaten or touched. Unfortunately, HIV isn’t that simple. You can acquire HIV and not notice any symptoms […]

HIV 101

What is HIV and what does HIV stand for?

Let’s look at each word: Human: Viruses attack all sorts of living things. HIV attacks people. Immunodeficiency: HIV prevents the immune system from doing its job —fighting diseases. When our immune system slows down or […]