What is HIV positive?

First, there is a distinction between HIV and AIDS. Most people think of it as one and the same; however, are two separate entities. HIV refers to the human immunodeficiency virus, while AIDS stands for Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome. AIDS is a disease, while HIV is the virus that causes the disease. A positive HIV test does not mean you have AIDS. HIV attacks the T cells, which are like the infantry of the army, the army of your immune system. The T cells fight all kinds of infections, and if inhibited, infections will invade and thrive in your body, resulting in the diagnosis of AIDS.

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Who gets HIV?
There are many ways of contracting HIV and many ways to not get it too. You can not get it hugging an infected person, holding hands, or being in a gated community with a person who has HIV area. You can get HIV by having unprotected sex with an infected person. EL HIV is not visible, so in the absence of a blood test showing negative results, there is no way to know if a person is HIV positive. Continue reading “What is HIV positive?”

What sexuality for HIV?

How to live a fulfilling sexuality when you are HIV positive? Men and women react the same way? What role can a sex therapist? Dr. Andrew Corman found in practice many people with HIV. It answers questions Doctissimo.

Doctissimo: Is it difficult to live his sexuality today when you are HIV positive?
Dr. Andrew Corman : The biggest problem currently facing the positive is that of listening. They find it difficult to find practitioners who understand, hence the need for them to learn from patient groups and hospital visits for addresses of specialists used to monitor HIV-positive.

What sexuality for HIV

The majority of HIV infections are acquired sexually, being HIV positive often elicits feelings of guilt. However, some doctors are embarrassed by the request of HIV vis-a-vis sexuality patients. They can then adopt negative attitudes projective focusing on medical issues and not giving the sexuality its importance, which makes things even more difficult for patients. We are so far behind countries like the United States or Canada, where the “counseling” is highly developed in terms of sexuality in HIV patients. And it is unfortunate that GPs, who would be best placed to perform an advisory function, rarely do. Continue reading “What sexuality for HIV?”