05: HIV Healthcare

How drug assistance programs can help you afford your HIV meds

You’ve seen this advice a dozen times by now: Take your HIV meds every day exactly like your doctor says. Then you find out that anti-retroviral therapy (ART) can cost thousands of dollars a month. […]

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HIV-AIDS glossary: Words you need to know

These are some of the most common terms about HIV, AIDS, the immune system, HIV treatments, HIV testing and HIV prevention. HIV Basic Terms HIV Human Immunodeficiency Virus. A virus that attacks the immune system […]

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Video: Steps for keeping meds on hand

Steps for keeping meds on hand It’s important to make sure you keep your HIV meds on hand at all time! Check out our tips for making sure you always have your prescription ready!   Positive Peers […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]