Goal Setting in the New Year

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by Dr. Chelsea Graziano, Assistant Director of Case Management New Year, New You. Right? As December 2020 came to a close, many of us had high hopes for a new beginning to 2021. However, it seems like 2021 still leaves a lot to be desired. The approach of New Year’s Day signals the finish line of the previous year and the starting point of the year to come. Many of us will use that theoretical milestone to make changes in our lives. New Year’s Resolutions, aptly named goals that we resolve to complete by the year’s end, are a major tradition for many people around the world. I am sure that many of you have already begun to think about your goals for the upcoming trip around the sun. But…
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Your Guide to PrEP

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Today there are more ways than ever to prevent HIV transmission, including abstinence (not having sex), refraining from sharing needles and other injection drug equipment, and using condoms correctly every time you have sex. You may have also heard about PrEP, a type of medication that can help prevent HIV transmission. If you are still uncertain about what PrEP is or if it might be right for you, we’ve complied this guide to help inform your decision. What is PrEP? Pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) is a daily medication that helps prevent HIV transmission from sex and/or injection drug use. Is it effective? When it comes to sex, PrEP can reduce the risk of contracting HIV by about 99% when taken correctly and consistently. PrEP also reduces the risk of HIV transmission…
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Creative Ways to Counter Loneliness While Social Distancing

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by Dr. Chelsea Graziano, Assistant Director of Case Management The holiday season is usually a time of the year that is marked with social gatherings, large celebratory dinners, and physical closeness with family and friends. However, the current holiday season has been very different. Social distancing measures have significantly changed holiday plans and traditions for many of us. Being unable to be around our loved ones during the holiday season can cause us to feel disconnected. Although the goal of social distancing is to keep us healthy and reduce the spread of COVID-19, physical isolation from those we care about can lead to loneliness. Feelings of loneliness can have a negative impact on both our mental health and our physical health. Humans are social beings by nature; our brains are…
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World AIDS Day and GivingTuesday

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On December 1, 2020, Caring Communities participated in GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that aims to create a more just and generous world. GivingTuesday was created in 2012 and began as a day that simply encouraged people to do good. Over time, that simple idea grew into a global movement that inspires communities to donate to businesses and organizations with their time, money, and gratitude. This year GivingTuesday coincided with World AIDS Day on December 1, 2020. World AIDS Day takes place as an annual, worldwide event uniting people to fight for a generation free of HIV, show support for people living with HIV, and commemorate those who have died from an AIDS-related illness. Founded in 1988, World AIDS Day was the first ever global health day. Despite the…
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Boundary Setting 101

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by Dr. Chelsea Graziano, Assistant Director of Case Management Boundaries are limits that we set for our interactions with others. They are essentially the rules that we use for navigating through our relationships. Our boundaries help us to draw the line that expresses to others what is permissible and what is not permissible in our relationships. Boundaries include ideas such as parameters for physical touch, verbal communication, and utilization of resources (including physical resources such as personal items, food, or money as well as more abstract resources such as time or space). Specific examples may include whether or not you like to hold hands in public, how much time you or a partner spend on social media, name calling in arguments, sharing or not sharing passwords with a partner, loaning…
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