African American Gays At Highest Risk Of HIV

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African American Men Are At The Highest Risk For HIV

Gay and bisexual men are more severely affected by HIV than any other group in the United States especially those who are younger. The HIV infections increased by 20% from 2008 to 2010 among young black/African American gay and bisexual men.

Gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with men (MSM) of all races and ethnicities remain the population most profoundly affected by HIV.

 

HIV Among African American Gay and Bisexual Men

In the United States, gay, bisexual, and other men who have sex with mena are disproportionately affected by HIV. Among gay and bisexual men, black/African Americanb men, especially those who are younger, are the group most disproportionately affected by HIV. If current diagnosis rates continue, about 1 in 2 African American gay and bisexual men will be diagnosed with HIV in their lifetime—in comparison to 1 in 4 Hispanic/Latinoc gay and bisexual men, 1 in 11 white gay and bisexual men, and 1 in 6 gay and bisexual men overall. But these rates are not inevitable. We have more tools to prevent HIV than ever before.

The Numbers

HIV and AIDS Diagnoses

  • Among all gay and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV in the United States in 2014, African Americans accounted for the highest number (estimated 11,201; 38%), followed by whites (estimated 9,008; 31%) and Hispanics/Latinos (estimated 7,552; 26%).
  • In 2014, an estimated 39% (4,321) of African American gay and bisexual men diagnosed with HIV were aged 13-24. An estimated 36% (3,995) were aged 25-34; 13% (1,413) were aged 35-44; 9% (989) were aged 45-54; and 4% (486) were aged 55 or older.
  • While the number of HIV diagnoses declined for African Americans as a whole from 2005 to 2014, diagnoses among African American gay and bisexual men increased 22% in that period. But diagnoses stabilized in recent years, increasing less than 1% between 2010 and 2014.
  • From 2005 to 2014, HIV diagnoses among African American gay and bisexual men aged 13 to 24 increased 87%. But that trend has leveled off, with diagnoses declining 2% between 2010 and 2014.
  • Among all gay and bisexual men diagnosed with AIDS in the United States in 2014, African Americans accounted for the highest number (estimated 4,343; 39%), followed by whites (estimated 3,564; 32%) and Hispanics/Latinos (estimated 2,665; 24%).

Living With HIV

  • By the end of 2013, an estimated 493,543 gay and bisexual men were living with diagnosed HIV infection. Of those, 152,303 (31%) were African American, 210,299 (43%) were white, and 104,529 (21%) were Hispanic/Latino.

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Estimated HIV Diagnoses Among Men Who Have Sex With Men, by Race/Ethnicity and Age at Diagnosis, 2014—United States

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So why is this happening?  Why does Black/African American are the most seriously affected than other groups in the USA? 

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Why do black people carry the burden of this disease, especially when it didn’t start out that way? It’s not that African-Americans engage in riskier behavior; in fact, studies have shown they use condoms more and drugs less than their white counterparts.

There’s actually a confluence of factors that make HIV significantly more difficult to face and overcome in black communities. Here are just five of them.

Institutionalized Racism

Black people are equal on paper, but the same can’t always be said in practice. Changing laws haven’t done enough to undo almost 400 years of oppression that have lead to countless disadvantages that black people have to overcome every day. HIV impacts black populations disproportionately because the majority don’t have adequate access to the tools to prevent and treat the disease. Through policies and procedures, institutionalized racism creates a system that implicitly and sometimes explicitly disadvantages people of color.

Poverty

The 2012 US census reported that 28.1 percent of black people are living in poverty compared to the national average of 15.9 percent.The greater numbers of black people living in poverty are, in part, a result of the limited opportunities for upward mobility afforded to them. Often living in poverty means lack of education, lack of access to healthcare, increased risk of substance use and homelessness, and increased likelihood of engaging in sex work as a source of income. All are factors that can increase the risk of acquiring HIV. For those living in poverty who become HIV-positive, priorities do not change. Their concerns on a day-to-day basis are finding and maintaining income, keeping food on the table, and ensuring a place to sleep at night.

Homophobia in the Church

According to the U.S. Religious Landscape Survey conducted in 2007, 87 percent of black people are affiliated with a religion. In the face of racial discrimination and hatred, the black church has always provided a sense of togetherness and belonging. However, when a black person comes out as LGBT, many don’t have that same support. Unfortunately black people in the church still make up a large portion of anti-gay America.

Traditionally the black church organizes and rallies when the community is faced with a crisis. However, the response to the HIV epidemic has been slow to non-existent. The reality is black, gay and bisexual men and transgender women are in a state of emergency when it comes to HIV/AIDS, yet they don’t have the full support of the black community.

Limited Sexual Networks

While interracial dating continues to be on the rise in the United States, black people remain the minority group that has relationships outside of their race the least at 19 percent. This means that the majority of black people have sexual partners who are also black. And given the smaller population size, once the black community was exposed to HIV it spread quicker and the negative impact was and continues to be greater. This means that black people who choose other black partners are more likely to come in contact with someone who is HIV-positive than other people who date within their race. This is especially true in LGBT communities as the CDC has reported that more than 1 in 4 black gay and bisexual men and 1 in 2 black transgender women are testing positive for HIV, compared to .06 percent of the general population.

The Exaggeration of the “Down Low” Brother

The “down low” is a concept rooted in homophobia that leads to misguided assumptions about HIV in black communities. Studies have shown that the majority of black men who have sex with men do identify as gay or bisexual, and those who don’t are less likely to be HIV positive, have multiple male sexual partners and have engaged in unprotected anal intercourse in the past 6 months.

The idea of large numbers of black men being on the down low does a disservice to the community as a whole. It implies that being gay or bisexual is something to be ashamed of and it assumes that if you are an HIV-positive man who identifies as heterosexual you must be lying about who your sexual partners are. If you are an HIV-positive woman then you must have had sex with a man who wasn’t honest about his sexual partners, which eliminates the possibility of bisexuality and makes the woman a victim and void of the ability to empower herself and require protection during sex.

If you think you may have been exposed to HIV within the last 3 days through sex, sharing needles and works, or a sexual assault talk to your doctor right away. Start medical care and begin taking medicines if you are an HIV positive.

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Did You Know? 80% Women Have HPV Infection

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HPV: What You Should Know and How to Prevent HPV Infection

According to U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 14 million people including teens become infected each year with human papillomavirus. HPV is so common that nearly all sexually active men and women get it at some point in their lives.

HPV is a different virus than HIV and HSV (herpes). There are many different types of HPV. Some types can cause health problems including genital warts and cancers. But there are vaccines that can stop these health problems from happening.

 

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What EVERYONE Needs to Know About HPV (Human Papillomavirus) and Vaccination

Human papillomavirus (HPV) is widely known as the virus that causes cervical cancer in women, but many people don’t realize it also leads to other life-threatening cancers that affect both men and women. For instance, it causes most oropharyngeal (throat) cancers, which are far more common in men and are expected to surpass the number of cervical cancers by the year 2020.

In the United States, about 20,600 females and 12,600 males are diagnosed with HPV-associated cancers each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Fortunately, there is a vaccine that, when received early enough, can prevent most of these cancers.

What Is Human Papillomavirus (HPV)?

HPV is the most common sexually transmitted infection, affecting nearly all sexually active men and women at some point in their lives. There are many different subtypes of HPV. Some are low-risk, or benign (non-cancerous), though they can cause genital warts. Several others are high-risk, or malignant, having the potential to cause cancer.

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HPV infections usually cause no symptoms or health problems, and most people clear the virus naturally through their own immune systems. Unfortunately, about seven percent of people with HPV do not, resulting in chronic infection.

How Is it Transmitted?

HPV is usually transmitted during sexual activity through contact between one moist mucosal surface—whether vaginal, anal, or oral—and another. It can also be spread through intimate skin-to-skin contact and, less likely, bodily secretions, such as through saliva when kissing.

What Kinds of Cancer Does HPV Cause?

Having a chronic infection with or repeated exposure to HPV in the cervix, genitals, anus, tonsil, or base of the tongue can predispose people to cancers in those areas later in life. High-risk HPV causes almost all cervical and anal cancers; a majority of tonsil and tongue-base (oropharyngeal) cancers; and a significant share of rare genital cancers, such as vaginal and penile cancers.

The HPV Vaccine

The HPV vaccine was initially created for preteen girls to prevent cervical cancer when they are older, but is now recommended for boys, as well, because the transmission process is a two-way street, and males can get HPV-related cancers, too. Since 2006, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved three vaccines—Gardasil, Gardasil 9, and Cervarix—to prevent infection with the high-risk HPV subtypes that cause the majority of cancers.

Who should get vaccinated? The vaccine is proven effective only if given before acquiring an HPV infection, which most people do shortly after becoming sexually active. That’s why the CDC recommends routine vaccination for all preteen girls and boys at age 11 or 12, before they have engaged in any sexual activity and been exposed to HPV; however, vaccination may begin as early as nine years old.

For teenagers and young adults who have not previously been vaccinated, the CDC recommends vaccination up to age 21 for men, in general; and up to age 26 for women, men who have sex with men, and immunocompromised individuals, such as those with HIV.

The vaccine is not recommended for anyone older than 26 because by that age, those still sexually active have likely already been exposed to most high-risk HPV subtypes. The vaccine has been insufficiently studied in pregnant women, so they shouldn’t get vaccinated, either.

Is it effective? The HPV vaccine is highly effective at preventing infection with the most common cancer-causing HPV subtypes, but only when given prior to HPV exposure—in other words, before engaging in any sexual activity for the first time.

Is it safe? The HPV vaccine is very safe. It has been tested in tens of thousands of people, and many studies, including an analysis of more than 600,000 doses administered, show it is has a very low side-effect profile.

How much does it cost? The retail price is generally $130 to $140 per dose, but the actual cost may vary depending on your health care provider or insurance company. Most private insurers and Medicaid cover the cost of HPV vaccination in accordance with the CDC recommendations.

In most cases, HPV goes away on its own and does not cause any health problems. However, in case that HPV does not go away, it can bring a serious health issue like genital warts and cancer. Whether symptoms occur or not can depend on the type of HPV virus involved in the infection. Here’s what you need to know about HPV Symptoms.

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Symptoms

There are more than 40 types of the virus that cause infections in the genital area. People do not always realise they have been infected with the virus as it does not always cause symptoms. Visible ways by which it is expressed are as genital warts which develop after sexual contact. When it is transmitted through skin to skin interaction in genital areas of the body, the virus is highly infectious.

Prevalence

A person only needs to have sexual contact with one person infected with the virus to become infected, although reducing the number of sexual partners can reduce the risk of this happening.

  • In the US, this virus is the most common sexually transmitted infection. Every year about 14 million people are newly infected
  • In the UK, it is the second most common sexually transmitted infection.
  • About 79 million Americans are infected with HPV

Effect of HPV on the body

HPV can result in changes in the cells and lead to abnormal tissue growth. Some forms of the virus can lead to cervical cancer in women after genital infection. The types of HPV that cause warts usually have a quick transition through the body whereas the types that cause cancer can stay in the body for lengthy periods. These will create pre-cancerous and cancerous lesions in the affected area.

Cervical cancer is the fourth most common cancer affecting women across the world. In 2012 alone, there were about 266,000 deaths and 528,000 new cases of cervical cancer.

Some countries routinely screen women for signs of the disease. In the UK, women aged between 25 and 64 years are invited for screening. Cervical cancer affects the less developed countries disproportionately with 85% of the burden of the disease resting with them. Other cancers caused by HPV include cancers of the vulva, vagina, penis, anus, head, and neck.

Here are some suggestions on how we can prevent HPV.

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Prevention

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Using protection can lower the risk of transmission during sex. Protection, such as condoms and dams, should be used during any skin-to-skin sexual contact, though it isn’t fool-proof.

The HPV vaccine is the best way to prevent HPV. The CDC recommends that preteen boys and girls receive the HPV vaccine at age 11 or 12 so they are protected before the potential of being exposed to the virus. Also, when the vaccine is given to preteens, the vaccine produces a more robust immune response.

The HPV vaccine can be administered to women through age 26, and to men through age 21. The CDC recommends, though, that gay men and men with compromised immune systems (including HIV) get the HPV vaccine up to 26.

HPV vaccines are also the favored for the prevention of cervical cancer. A poll of 1,952 U.S. doctors by SERMO, a social media network for doctors, found that 55 percent polled favored state mandates for HPV vaccination. In addition, 92 percent of doctors confirmed that they would vaccinate their own children, despite recent controversy over the safety of the HPV vaccine.  

Side effects of the vaccine, when they do occur, are typically very mild. They include pain, redness, or swelling in the arm where the shot was given, fever, headache, feeling tired or muscle or joint pain, said Genden.

“With all vaccines, it hurts to get a shot in the arm, but that passes,” said Pahud. “Teens also may faint after vaccination, but not due to the HPV vaccine itself, but the injection procedure. These findings are similar to the safety reviews of the other two recommended teen-vaccines, meningococcal vaccines and tetanus booster vaccines.”

You may also consider abstinence from Sexual activity including oral, anal, and vaginal sex to reduce the infections if you already are suffering from HPV. To get yourself protected from sexual diseases, always consider to make use of protections like condoms and talk to your partners if you feel like something is wrong or consult and get check by a professional specialist.

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STD Singles Living Positive

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STD dating might prove impossible, until now!

But recent research with CNN correspondents proved that dating with STD is very much possible as there are a lot of couples that have infected partners. The relationships also have couples that are both infected with an STD dating. Modern technology has enabled STD singles find suitable partners for dating with the perfect dating platforms provided by the sites. Meet Positives is an open dating website with members that hail from all walks of life with different STDs. A person living with an STD can find a possible partner from the site.any-device-logo-300x170-1

All the members of the site are infected with an STD and members looking to date can find a potential partner with a similar infection. The site offers its services free of charge unlike the paid sites and infected individuals can have accounts on the website by simply creating a profile in the website. They should have some information about their infection on the site to enable other users of the site understand the member they intend to pursue in terms of the disease they have. New STD singles using the website should however be cautious of other members that join the group with no intention to date or find potential partners but to have unprotected sex.

Meet Positives has terms of service that new users should adhere to, this ensures their profiles are protected from bullies and stalkers. Any insult or unwarranted for conversations can be reported and the website management will see to it that the individuals causing are eliminated from the site. Most infected individuals find it quite difficult to open up to their partners or new found partners with fear of being rejected and possible discrimination. It is however important to let one’s partner know once one is infected to enable them visit a doctor. The doctor will know what they are testing for if the partner opens up about the situation of their infected partners. Most STD symptoms are quite hard to notice after infection. It is therefore important for one to have regular checkups if they are sexually active.

STD singles can find their partners from such websites for a possible relationship. It is important to practice safe sex if one is infected to protect the partner from contracting the disease. Other partners find it possible to date individual diagnosed with STD if the infection is not as serious. Use of a condom is advised during sex to reduce any chances of contracting the disease. If a possible partner is identified, it is important for the infected to tell them about their medication and possible symptoms that come with the disease; this will ensure the couple practices safe sex and any chances of infection will be minimized.

Maintaining a normal relationship is possible with sites such as meet positives where infected individuals can find suitable STD singles. Having a partner in the same situation will be better as stress of when to open up will be eliminated and the infected can lead a normal life with their partner.

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The Perfect STD Singles Profile

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How To Create An Attractive Online Dating Profile For More Dates

Naturally, the world rotates pretty fast but technology is making things move faster especially in the world or socialization. Dating online is something most internet users have tried once or twice. Most people do not go too far after the signup and blame different aspects for not getting a match. Well, the success of an online dating experience starts with the dating profile.
The dating profile is how interested people get to learn about who you are and what you are looking for. When you put yourself out there, you should be ready to be judged and this starts with how well you present yourself through the dating profile.

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This article below gives you online dating profile tips on the things you should and should not do when creating an online dating profile:

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Your Online Dating Profile
You’ve just signed up for an online dating site. Whew! Now, what? It’s time to face your online dating profile. Don’t sweat it, you’ve got this! But you need to know that your chances of finding the right person are reduced if your profile isn’t up to par. How important are spelling and grammar? What type of descriptors should I use? Should I mention my flaws? Should I mention my pet peeves? Should I say I was married and have kids? You’ve got questions and we’ve got the answers!”
Below are helpful tips to help you put your best foot forward with a “just right” online dating profile:
What Your Online Profile Says About You:
• Spelling and Grammar—Don’t forget to do a spelling and grammar check when you’ve completed your profile. Bad spelling and grammar are the equivalent of having bad breath when you meet someone in person. It will also make you look careless or like you’re part of an online scam. No one is interested in dating someone that comes across as if they haven’t even finished elementary school. And now “The Grade” dating app has members rate a person’s profile quality but also their grammar. So don’t flunk this one. You want your first impression to count in a positive way.
• Be Honest and Specific When Describing Yourself—If you want to attract the right person straight away, be honest and specific when you describe yourself and your attributes. Then when you message someone or someone messages you, you’ll be able to look at the profile, find similarities, and decide if this is someone you’d like to meet. Are you quiet or outgoing? Do you like sports or art house movies? Are you a creative type or in finance? Are you just interested in meeting new people or are you looking for marriage in the future? Skip statements like, “People tell me I’m really nice and fun to be around” or “I like hanging out and getting to know new people.” General statements like this describe half the population and say nothing distinct about you.
• Don’t Focus on Flaws—No one wants to read a bunch of negatives like, “I’m fat, but working on a fitness program. I’m short and don’t like my knees.” While you might view this is as a problem, people might not realize your flaws. You’re basically throwing yourself under the bus and giving them reasons not to like you. And if you write about your flaws, you will make everybody aware of them. Let’s be honest, bad knees are hardly a deal breaker:)
• Lists of Things you Dislike—If your profile is full of stuff like, “I hate liars, I hate cheaters and I hate smokers,” you will be turning off most potential dates. It’s ok to dislike stuff, but a list of everything you dislike seems pessimistic, grumpy and unhappy. No one will be overly interested in a Debbie Downer. If you’re allergic to smoking that’s one thing, but a profile full of “hates” won’t make you seem like much of a prize.

From the profile picture you choose to the words you select, the article will take you through some of the most important factors that you need to consider when setting up your new dating profile. Just to add on this, it is important that you keep the profile as simple and as interesting as possible. No one wants to read a block of text that sounds like a resume.
Uniqueness is crucial when you are building an efficient online dating profile and this is better explained in the article below:
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15 Ways To Make Your Online Dating Profile Stand Out

Did you know that one in three couples now find love online? In this fast-paced, social media-dependent world, we rely on the Internet for everything – from keeping in touch with old school friends and career networking to ordering takeaways and finding a cat-sitter for that weekend away. So, it seems logical you would use the good old Internet for finding that special someone, too.
That said, the world of online dating can be daunting if you’ve never tried it before, so here are our top tips for making the most of your profile and spotting a great potential partner.
HOW TO MAKE THE MOST OF YOUR ONLINE PROFILE:
1. Ask your friends for help: Get a friend to help you write your profile. Sometimes they know you better than you know yourself.
2. Avoid clichés: Even if you do like “walking on the beach” or “drinking wine in front of a roaring fire” leave it out – everyone says that. Think of something interesting that could be a conversation starter.
3. List sociable hobbies: ‘People have to imagine how they’ll fit into your life, so describing yourself as a “bookworm and internet addict” makes them feel they’d never see you,’ explains relationship expert Kate Taylor. ‘Play up your love of anything sporty, outdoorsy or public – like concerts and exhibitions.’
4. Choose action shots: Wouldn’t you know, profile photos that demonstrate you playing your guitar or downhill skiing – even if your face isn’t showing – get more messages.
5. Stay positive: Avoid negative tones and always be positive about yourself. Your profile is essentially your dating CV. You wouldn’t want a future employer to read anything negative, so why would you want a potential partner to read anything that isn’t positive?
6. Be honest: Lying doesn’t get you anywhere in the dating world. Honesty is the best policy!
7. Be specific: Talk in specifics to give a full flavor of who you are. If you love travelling, say where your favorite place is and why. Anything concrete like this brings you alive to anyone reading.
8. Update regularly: Keep your profile up to date. Make the effort to renew your profile on a regular basis with relevant information about yourself.
9. Check your grammar: Many people find poor grammar and spelling a turn off, and the best of us can make mistakes, so be careful on this point. Put your profile into Word and use your computer spell check for peace of mind.
10. Say cheese: In a recent poll, we found that 96 per cent of people would rather see a big, happy grin in a profile photo than a sexy pout.

While you might be looking for a serious relationship, making an online dating profile should be a fun activity. You can also get some useful tips from the following video:


Whether you are looking for a stable relationship, casual dating or looking for singles living with an STD, or looking for marriage, you will need an efficient profile to attract the kind of people you will be interested in.
What else do you think would make your profile stand out and attract more attention from the people you are interested in?

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People unaware of HIV infection

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Most People in the United States are unaware that they are Living with HIV Infection

More than 1.2 million individuals in the United States are living with HIV infection, and almost 1 in 8 (15.8%) are unaware of their infection. Some people might not have known about the virus and most of them are young and naïve hence, they are unaware of its symptoms at the start until it’s too late.

 

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HIV stands for human immunodeficiency virus. If left untreated, HIV can lead to the disease AIDS (acquired immunodeficiency syndrome).

 

Unlike some other viruses, the human body can’t get rid of HIV completely. So once you have HIV, you have it for life.

HIV attacks the body’s immune system, specifically the CD4 cells (T cells), which help the immune system fight off infections. If left untreated, HIV reduces the number of CD4 cells (T cells) in the body, making the person more likely to get infections or infection-related cancers. Over time, HIV can destroy so many of these cells that the body can’t fight off infections and disease. These opportunistic infections or cancers take advantage of a very weak immune system and signal that the person has AIDS, the last state of HIV infection.

No effective cure for HIV currently exists, but with proper treatment and medical care, HIV can be controlled. The medicine used to treat HIV is called antiretroviral therapy or ART. If taken the right way, every day, this medicine can dramatically prolong the lives of many people with HIV, keep them healthy, and greatly lower their chance of transmitting the virus to others.  Today, a person who is diagnosed with HIV, treated before the disease is far advanced, and stays on treatment can live a nearly as long as someone who does not have HIV.

The only way to know for sure if you have HIV is to get tested. Testing is relatively simple. You can ask your health care provider for an HIV test. Many medical clinics, substance abuse programs, community health centers, and hospitals offer them too. You can also buy a home testing kit at a pharmacy or online.

It is important to know the HIV symptoms that are more common amongst women than men. So here’s a few symptoms suffering from HIV.

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Women infected by HIV experience mild symptoms during early stages which are often mistaken for flu and common cold. While we know early diagnosis of the infection helps in better intervention of the disease, seven symptoms of HIV in women are as follows.

  1. Headache, fever and lack of energy are the first signs of HIV which often disappears in few weeks of infection. Skin problems are the predominant symptoms of HIV which appear as skin sores and rashes. The skin of an HIV infected person is very sensitive for sunlight and irritants and often develops red patches and small bumps which turn flaky in due course of time.
  2. Swollen glands are the first obvious symptoms of HIV which lasts for months together. Since the immune system is weak in such people it becomes difficult for lymph nodes to fight the infection and therefore remain enlarged for several months.

“{Women] affected [with HIV] can have frequent and heavy periods or lighter and missed periods,” Dr. Sherry Ross, OB-GYN and women’s health expert at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California. “Some completely lose their period altogether. Hormonal havoc is not uncommon, making symptoms associated with premenstrual symptoms (PMS), perimenopause and menopause even worse,” reported She Knows.

Since we have listed symptoms for women, here’s a few one for men. 

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HIV symptoms in men are generally no different from those HIV symptoms in women or HIV symptoms in children.  Apart from the vaginal and menstrual changes, most of the tell-tale signs are both true for men and women.  Mostly, they are often vague and could not unnoticed.

The HIV symptoms in men, however, can vary from person to person and no two men will manifest the exact symptoms.  Still, a man infected with HIV will generally follow a pattern of having acute illness, asymptomatic period and advanced infection.

Asymptomatic symptoms.  This is manifested by fever; headache and lack of energy are common signs and easily be dismissed.

Swollen glands.  The swelling of the glands occurs when the infection reaches the nodes through the lymph fluid.  Swelling of the glands may happen for a few days of the HIV infection but you may not experience the same symptoms until several years after.  Healthy nodes are not visible which makes the infected one a more noticeable swelling in the body.

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Rapid weight loss.  Weight loss occurs to HIV infected persons because the body is using up more nutrients than it is absorbing from food.  HIV can increase the rate of the body’s metabolism and alter lining of the gut which makes it harder to absorb nutrients.

Muscle soreness and joint pains.  People with infection often complain this symptom. This can add any existing fatigue which causes more body exhaustion.

Nausea/vomiting.  Some drugs may suppress the appetite or cause side-effects that may bring you off on food.

Infections.  Men could easily get infections of the skin, eyes, lungs, kidneys, digestive tract, and brain.  But there will be also difficulty in treating such common ailments like flu.

Night sweats.  People with HIV have night sweats and usually occurs in later stages when untreated with the disease.  They have profuse, drenching perspiration with no apparent cause.

Unusual skin conditions.  Rashes may develop on ‘moist’ areas of a man’s body such as groin, penis or anus.  It can also develop on the face and neck, chest/torso and palms of hands.  It could also get either itchy or minor and painless.

Ulcers.  Painful ulcers can be developed with man within the mouth or throat that does not go away.  It makes eating a difficult task.

Recurrent fungal infections.  These are fungal nail infections that do not respond to over-the-counter medication.

These HIV symptoms in men is not a confirmation that one is infected by the HIV. Getting tested is the best way to confirm the infection.

The only way to know your HIV status for sure is to get tested. A person who is HIV positive may look and feel perfectly well, and be unaware that they are infected.

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Why should everyone know their HIV status?

  • 11120Testing identifies infected persons, who can then seek medical care that can improve the quality and length of their lives, encourages safer behaviors and reduces risk for HIV transmission.

  • There are approximately 50,000 new cases of HIV a year in the United States.

  • More than one million Americans are living with HIV infection; approximately one in eight don’t know it. The majority of new HIV infections are transmitted by those who are unaware of their infection.

  • Early detection reduces the spread of the disease, extends life expectancy, and reduces costs of care. Every HIV infection prevented saves approx. $379,668 in a lifetime of medical costs.

  • Case management services available for eligible HIV positive individuals, their family or significant other who lives in Inyo County.

The truth is nobody wants HIV, so it’s better to know if are an HIV positive so you can seek for professional help and treatment. There’s no cure for HIV however the treatment can slow down the progression of disease and significantly improve your quality of life or increase your life expectancy.

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Positive Singles Dating Tips

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Positive Singles Need Not Fear The Stigma Any Longer!

Having a sexually transmitted disease shouldn’t restrict you from dating; there’s still hope for positive singles. What are we trying to say is, you can still find the love you deserve. You still have those desirable and lovable qualities which made other people become attracted to you before you got the virus.  Believe it or not, an STD won’t hinder you from finding the right person, although the search will be a little different, many people have been successful finding a happy & health relationship.

It’s Not as “Disgusting” as You May Think
The truth is, sexually transmitted disease cases are very common. In fact, some sources state STD/STIs impacts up to 50% of the US population, and the WHO (World Health Organization) states 2/3 of the world has HSV, the herpes virus.  This means, some of your friend also have a secret. Shh!Positive Singles

Though, honestly speaking, dating after an STD diagnosis may be a little awkward. With that said, if you hope for intimacy with your date, it is common to consider keeping our positive [diagnosis] skeleton in the closet. Unfortunately we live in a judgemental society, so facing the STD stigma becomes terrifying, especially when you feel alone in your struggle.

Of course there are plenty of important discussions to be had when meeting someone new, future goals, lifestyles, if they are married or not, and of course your sexual past, ugh!

It’s completely up to you to decide whether or not you should disclose your condition.  But when the relationship moves to sex, make sure to follow these two golden rules:

  1. Never wait until after sex or any intimacy involving genitals.
  2. Don’t wait until you’re about to get sexually intimate.

The reason is, during a hot and heavy session your partner can become blinded with attraction leaving them to do something they wouldn’t normally do which will ultimately leave them feeling betrayed and upset with themselves. A last might confession is certainly not the way to start a healthy relationship.
Changing Your Approach
If before your diagnosis you enjoyed starting a relationship by having sex as a way to ‘welcome’ your new partner, you might want to reconsider your thoughts. It would be mutually beneficial to reveal your condition to someone who’s already attracted to you, as a person. Rest assured that fondling, kissing, and cuddling are safe as long as you don’t have HSV on your lips. This means there’s no need to confess about your problem before you do these. However, always trust your gut as to how physically you want to get before having The Talk. Keep in mind, when things start to get ‘hot,’ one thing can lead to another, and you don’t want to find yourself in the situation described above.

I Don’t Want to Risk Giving It to Someone I Love
The fear of passing an STD on to another person always remains.  It is a common fear and for good reason, I mean, who in their right mind would want to subject another person to all the negative feelings and emotions they have experienced.

For starters, the typical symptoms of an STD are not always severe, Though, the best thing you can do to avoid the feeling of guilt about potentially transmitting the disease is by being honest with your partner, and keeping them safe.  If the person is not willing to date you, then maybe it wasn’t true love, and that is okay.  Most important, just get back on the horse, you will eventually meet the right person.  STD or not, the process is the same for everyone. living0with-herpes-infographics

Dealing with Rejection
Anyone who dates, even those who are not positive, should be ready for possible rejection. Though, it’s more common for those with an STD(s), because the person you’re seeing may retreat once he/she finds out about it. If you end up getting the, “I just want to be friends” talk after telling them about your situation; perhaps, they’re already looking for a way out and this is a good excuse for them. Likewise, if the person ends up humiliating you because of it, then this clearly indicates they’re not worth your time to begin with.

Don’t lose hope and keep dating. Eventually you’ll find someone who will accept you for you, and this is where true love begins. There are people who wouldn’t mind dating someone who is positive, and this is because they feel there is trust in the relationship. Also, there are those will say, “I understand the risks, but I’m madly in love with you.”  Keeping hope is the best way to move forward.

Search for someone’s who is positive
Based on your dating style, you might want to consider looking for someone who is also positive with the same disease. There are a lot of STD personal ads and online dating website which can be used by those who have an STD. Give it a try, because a simple search on the Internet for “STD dating” will yield several results, and Meet Positives is one of them.

You Are Not Dirty
Allow us to make this point very clear, just because you have an STD, it doesn’t mean that you’re disgusting, dirty, or “damaged.” Actually, most positives didn’t do anything more than trust the wrong person.

Around 60-80% of adults in the US alone were diagnosed with an STD.  Also, due to the fact viruses can spread from one person to another without penetration, but through simply oral sex, they are often left undetected.  Those who usually engage is oral sex also fail to use dental dams and condoms. Thus, the spread of genital herpes, a type of STD, has gotten more common. The funny thing is, a lot of people consider HSV2 as a ‘cold sore’ and nothing serious at all.

This only implies even if you have an STD, it doesn’t mean you’re restricted from intimacy with your partner or getting turned on. However, if you would rather not explain anything at all, then you should consider dating someone who is positive as well.  Start today, and never have the Talk again!  Click here to join and look for free!

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Dating Service Names

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Dating Service Names

When you join an online dating site to find either that “perfect” someone or just that “let’s have fun and see where it goes” someone, one of the most important elements is your profile. This will either attract or repel potential partners so you should spend some time on it. One thing to take some time on is what dating service names you want to use as your profile name.

There are many schools of thought on this, some say you should use something clever, others opt for a “cute” name and still others opt for dating service names that have a very sexual sound to them.

It’s up to you and what you hope to accomplish online. If you set up an ultra sexy screen name, for example, you may not attract those people who are looking for a more serious, long term relationship.

You don’t want potential mates to shy away because they think the only thing you are looking for is a little fun when in reality you want to find someone to settle down with. Try to think of how your name will sound to others and what kind of message it may send.

One thing you don’t want to do is use your full, real, name. This is simply a security issue. What you can do is use a derivative of your name combined with some aspect of your life.

So, if your name is Dave and you are a lawyer you might use the screen name LegalDave, LawyerDave, or AttorneyDave.

You can do the same thing and combine your name with a hobby that you enjoy. If you play basketball you might be BBallDave.

One note, you should capitalize the first letter of all the separate words in your name like I did in the above examples.

Just compare how much easier BBallDave is to read than if I wrote it bballdave.

By capitalizing the first letter of each word you help it stand out and it makes it so much easier to read and much harder to misinterpret. After all, you’ve spent a little time coming up with an interesting name, you don’t want people to not be able to read or understand it, do you?

Another point, don’t get too carried away with a lot of words. LegalEagleDave1997 is a lot. It can be difficult to remember such a long name. When picking a screen name for online dating remember the “KISS” principle and keep it simple.

Though your screen name is just one element of your online dating profile, it is a very important part. In many cases it is the first thing someone will see. What your name says about you may be enough to convince someone to look more closely or look the other way. Choose wisely.

Taking time with all elements of your online dating profile will reap rewards in the long run, and it can be kind of fun. Don’t shortchange this step, instead spend time and try to have some fun when you are setting up dating service names.

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