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What is HIV?

How does your immune system work?
What is a virus?
How does HIV virus work?

How do you get HIV?
Who can get HIV?
Is there more then one HIV virus?
Is there a cure for HIV?

What is AIDS?

What's the difference between HIV and AIDS?
Do you have AIDS if you're HIV-positive?
How do you find out if you have AIDS?
What are opportunistic infections?
Is there a cure for AIDS?

Coinfection & STI's

What is an STI?
How do I get an STI?

How will I know if I have an STI?
Is it easier to get an STI since I 'm HIV -positive?
Will douching stop you from getting STI's?
Common Crotch Concerns
    Genital Herpes
    Genital Warts
Hepatitis C (HCV)
Tuberculosis (TB)

HIV Testing

How do you know if someone has HIV?
How can I tell if I have HIV?
What does it mean if you are "HIV-positive"?
How do you find out if you are HIV-positive?
I have heard about Rapid HIV Tests - do they exist?
How do you know if your HIV infection is changing or getting worse?

 Positive Life


HIV Medications

What meds are out there?
Types of Drug Treatments
I'm young - why should I take meds?
If I eat lots of fruits and veggies can I stay healthy without meds?
Are there side effects to the meds?
If the side effects get too much to handle - can I stop taking my meds?
I don't have enough to buy my meds!
How do I remember to take my meds?
What's the big deal about stopping and starting my meds when I want?
I heard I can die if I mix recreational drugs and my medication - is that true?
I heard there is a drug you can take to get rid of HIV, is this true?

Opportunistic Infections

Complementary & Alternative Therapies

What is Complementary Therapy?
What is Alternative Therapy?
North American Aboriginal Healing

Viral Load & CD4 Count

What is "viral load"?
What is an HIV viral load report?
What can I do to decrease my viral load?
What does the viral load tell me?
What is the difference between CD4 count and viral load?
Why does HIV affect CD4 cells?
How do I know when I am ready to take meds?

So....I'm HIV-positive

How will my life change?

How will my life change?
How do I do this?
Your body may change

Do I have to tell people?

If you decide to tell
Medical Professionals
Do I have to tell anyone?

Choosing a doctor

How do I choose a doctor?
Will my doctor tell my parents?
What happens when I visit the doctor?
Know your illness

Adjusting to 'the news'

Adjusting to 'the news'
How HIV-positive youth feel about being HIV-positive
What HIV-positive youth say about feeling different from other youth

Affected, not infected

HIV & Youth

Challenges HIV-positive youth face
Social Problems
Feeling "old before my time"
Low Self Esteem
Money Problems

Living Well

Good Food Choices

A Healthy, "Balanced" Diet
The 4 Food Groups:
     Fruits and Vegetables
     Protein Foods
     Bread and Cereal Group
     Dairy Foods
Last but Not Least ----WATER!!
How does water help my body?
Can I drink Sport Drinks like Gatorade to help give me the minerals I have lost?
Why am I losing weight?
What's wasting?
How do I gain weight?
Are there any foods I should avoid?
What about taking Vitamin and Mineral pills?


Ways to deal with stress

Coping with the everyday stresses of having HIV
10 ways to deal with stress

Safer Sex

I think she/he likes me! What should I do?
Am I ready to have sex?
Deciding to have sex
Sex when you're using street drugs
How do I get my partner to have safer sex?
If my partner and I are both HIV-positive do I still have to use protection?
All About Condoms
All About Lube
Other ways to have safer sex


Drugs you smoke
Drugs you drink
Drugs you inject
How do drugs affect my HIV meds?

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Pregnancy & HIV


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