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Live A Healthy Life with HIV

Live A Healthy Life with HIV #SurviveAndThrive Video Series kicks off with HIV+ Body Builder Sharing His Powerful Story  “I want to give other people permission to go about living their life.” AHF ambassador Raif Derrazi is an award-winning pro bodybuilder who is living with HIV. In the 1st video of a new @aidshealthcare series, Raif proves you can #SurviveAndThrive with HIV. Doctors say the HIV life expectancy …

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Blinded By Desire? The Real Reason Men and Women Skip the Condom

The Real Reason Men and Women Skip the Condom. In a perfect world, getting your partner to use a condom would be easy. They’d just wrap it up and get on with it. But condoms have been stigmatized through the media, pop culture, hearsay, gossip, you name it. And sadly, this leads to a wide variety of negative assumptions circulating …

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What an HIV Positive lifestyle looks like in the 21st Century

What an HIV Positive lifestyle looks like in the 21st Century Raif Derrazi is charming, his smile warm and broad, he’s quick to laugh, generous with his knowledge of bodybuilding and eating healthy, and he’s HIV positive. HIV is a part of Raif’s life, but it’s not the most interesting thing about him. While Raif will speak to you honestly …

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5 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Someone HIV.

5 Things You Shouldn’t Say to Someone HIV. 1. Do you know who gave you HIV? Your initial response to someone sharing that they’re HIV positive can have a huge impact. Asking who or how someone contracted any sexually transmitted disease isn’t helpful. Doing so, can be perceived as an attempt to shame someone for their lifestyle, behavior(s), sexual partner(s), …

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What’s the Actual Difference Between HIV and AIDS?

What’s the Actual Difference Between HIV and AIDS? HIV/AIDS. The two go together. When you see them in the media, read about them online, or hear them on the news, it’s always HIV/AIDS. But why do people say both? Doesn’t HIV mean AIDS? If you have HIV do you also have AIDS? Is HIV just a different way to say …

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Can you get tested for STDs Too Soon After Unprotected Sex?

Can you get tested for STDs Too Soon After Unprotected Sex? It seems like the best time to get tested after unprotected sex would be the next day, right? If the morning after pill is for the morning after, then shouldn’t STD tests also happen soon after unsafe sex? Actually, no. While it might seem strange, it could be a …

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The 5W’s of HIV

The 5W’s of HIV Who Should Get Tested? HIV stands for Human Immunodeficiency Virus. Approximately 1.1 million people in the United States are living with HIV today. According to the CDC, 1 in 7 people in the United States who have HIV don’t know that they carry the virus. It is recommended that people between the ages of 13 and …

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What is PrEP? 

What is PrEP?  Pre-exposure prophylaxis (or PrEP) is a method for people who are HIV negative to prevent and reduce the risk of HIV infection by taking one pill a day. The pill consists of two medicines tenofovir and emtricitabine. Studies have shown that PrEP is highly effective for preventing HIV when used as prescribed. Who is PrEP for? …

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The Safe Sex Talk

The Safe Sex Talk If you’re reading this you may be wondering when is the right time to talk to your partner about safe sex. The best time to have this conversation would be before you have sex but if that isn’t you, KEEP READING because there are still some questions you need to ask. The CDC recommends that any …

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The Truth About HIV Symptoms in Women

The Truth About HIV Symptoms in Women HIV symptoms are broad, general, and can be mistaken for lots of other health conditions. The body only has so many ways to signal that it’s under attack; fever, sore throat, muscle aches, rashes…is it the flu? Is it HIV? It’s hard to know. And doing a quick google search for HIV symptoms …