Kim McGeehan wrote an article for the Bozeman Magpie about HIV in Montana- and shared some of my story along the way. Excerpt:
“I wasn’t diagnosed because I was scared. Now, I have memory issues and damage to my joints. HIV attacks soft tissues in the body—gums, brain, liver—even if you don’t have outward symptoms, the virus can still be doing damage,” Smith says. “At first, there were no treatments. Now there is a lot we can do. We can stop it or slow it down. You can live a healthy life. If you are on your meds and have a low viral load, your risk of transmitting the disease can be as low as 4%.”
That isn’t permission to take behavioral risks, but information that should encourage people to take advantage of the services offered by AIDS Outreach. Those services include fast, free, anonymous HIV tests, an HIV-positive support group, educational literature, and condoms condoms condoms.
Americans will soon be able to purchase an over-the-counter, rapid-response HIV test, but Smith worries that dealing with a positive result alone will be challenging for folks: “Denial is such a strong force in the human psyche. I remember it in myself. I’m worried that someone might test positive and not tell anyone, not get counseling or medical care.”
Read the rest:
- Gay Men and the HIV Stigma (everydayhealth.com)
- FDA Approves New In-Home HIV Test (philadelphia.cbslocal.com)
- A “Positive” One Night Stand (notsoperfectme.com)
- Not all H.I.V Survivors Thrilled With H.I.V Home-Test Kit (dfw.cbslocal.com)
- HIV Is In Montana- It’s No Bull (dgsmith.org)
- HIV In Montana: It’s Not Classified (dgsmith.org)
My only comment to you is…….Google Dr. Nancy Banks and the HIV scam. You need some info (non mainstream)
The info I give in the interview is medically correct and responsible.
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