HIV 101

Take your meds! The importance of HIV medication adherence

Adherence comes from the word “adhere,” which means “to stick.” And that’s exactly what you have to do when you have HIV infection: Stick to your treatment plan. You’ve probably heard by now that anti-retroviral […]

Living with HIV

The importance of exercise when you’re living with HIV

Exercise gives you options. All people living with HIV ever hear is what they MUST do to stay healthy. Take your meds, practice safer sex, get to your doctor’s appointments on time. They’re not exactly […]

HIV 101

How do you get HIV?

Most people get HIV by having sex without a condom with somebody who is HIV-positive. You can also get HIV by sharing needles with other people if you’re injecting drugs. It’s also possible for a […]

Healthy Habits, 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 […]

Addiction: 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 […]

Healthy Habits, 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 […]