Am I Lazy? – Why I Procrastinate

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From Tracy Fromm, Mental Health Counselor of Caring Communities Have you ever felt the stress of putting off a task which needs to be completed and ended up feeling “very uncomfortable?” The word, “procrastinate” has its origin from Latin, meaning, “to put off until tomorrow.” We have all experienced procrastination. Putting off tasks provides a sense of temporary relief and because we feel a sense of “reward”, we end up procrastinating over and over again. Procrastination is a way for us to cope with challenging emotions and negative moods. If we continue to procrastinate, we begin a process of self-blame with increased anxiety and feelings of low self- esteem. These negative thoughts exacerbate our stress of a situation and increase feelings of anxiety. Many times, procrastination is related to perfectionism.…
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National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day

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On September 18, 2008, The AIDS Institute launched National HIV/AIDS and Aging Awareness Day (observed annually on September 18th) as a way to raise awareness of the challenges faced by aging populations with regards to HIV prevention, testing, care, and treatment. Most new HIV diagnoses in the US are among young adults aged 25-34. However, in 2018, nearly 4,000 new HIV diagnoses were in adults aged 55 and older.[1] The good news is diagnoses among older adults is declining overall. Additionally, for every 100 people aged 55 and older living with HIV, 69 have received some HIV care, 56 were retained in care, and 60 were virally suppressed, meaning they have effectively no risk of sexually transmitting HIV to a partner.[2] There are a few unique challenges to HIV prevention…
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National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day

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National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day takes place on March 20, 2019. In 2007, three collaborating agencies known as the National Native Capacity Building Assistance Network (CBA) founded National Native HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NNHAAD). It is considered a national mobilization effort designed to encourage Natives (American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians) across the United States to get educated, tested, and involved in prevention and treatment for HIV and AIDS. Each year, NNHAAD is observed on the first day of Spring. The day was chosen through a national survey of the Native community. The four seasons are highly respected in Native cultures, representing the cycle of life. Spring represents balance (as day and night are at equal lengths) and a profound change, including new beginnings and birth. It is considered a…
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The Lasting Impact of Ryan White

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On January 16, 2019, it will have been 30 years since the airing of "The Ryan White Story" on television. Ryan White grew up in Kokomo, Indiana. At a young age he was diagnosed with severe hemophilia A, a hereditary blood coagulation disorder which made even small injuries result in severe bleeding.[1] At the time, common treatment for hemophiliacs was weekly infusions of factor VIII, a blood product created from pooled plasma of non-hemophiliacs.[2] In December of 1984, Ryan was treated for pneumonia and subsequently diagnosed with Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome (AIDS) at age 13. He was one of the first children with hemophilia to be diagnosed with AIDS as a result of a tainted factor VIII infusion.[3] Ryan was told he had six months to live. At the time, the…
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How Technology Can Help with HIV Treatments

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Technology is fast moving, and the world is still trying to adapt. There are apps for everything: getting your groceries delivered, finding the best deal online, seeing what public restrooms nearby are regularly cleaned. If you’ve ever struggled with it, there’s probably an app trying to make it easier. But how can apps help with HIV medications and treatments? Starting with the basics, there are the functions available on most cell phones: alarms. Many individuals use alarms and calendar reminders in case they forget or get side tracked when it comes to taking their medications at the correct intervals. Many people with smartphones also utilize medication reminder applications. The most popular medication app for iPhones is currently Medisafe – Pill & Med Reminder[1]. This app not only reminds patients when…
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