January / December #11 : Prosper, and Live Long

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Baseball, Hotdogs, Apple Pie and HIV

Hollywood Shuffles AIDS

The Newest AIDS Treatment Is Not a Drug

Banned in the U.S.A.

Mind Over Health Matters

Party Planner

Industrial Strength

Prosper, and Live Long

Worse Things He Could Do

Get Bothered

Health Insured?

See Span


Health Insured

Mind Over Health Matters

Rhymes and Reason, Too

Industrial Strength

Party Planner

Banned in the U.S.A

Hollywood Shuffles AIDS

X-ray Visions

A Little Personal Attention

Symptoms? Persist!

See Span

Butter's Not All Bad

Pas de Deux

C'mon and Celebrate

Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle


Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV

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January / December 1996

Prosper, and Live Long

Free your mind and the rest...

The main difference between a list of immune-enhancing behaviors and a list of common psychological characteristics of long-term AIDS survivors is the title you put on it. The following list is condensed from charts by George F. Solomon, M.D., of the University of California Los Angeles, and Jeffrey M. Leiphart, Ph.D., clinical director of the San Diego Lesbian and Gay Men's Community Center.

Common characteristics of long-term survivors:
  • Collaborative relationships with health practitioners
  • A sense of responsibility for health
  • Commitment to life; meeting goals
  • A sense of purpose and meaning
  • Finding new meaning through HIV experience
  • A regular fitness program
  • Positive contact with PWAs soon after diagnosis
  • Altruistic personal, social or political involvement with PWAs
  • Acceptance of AIDS diagnosis but rejection of "death sentence" view
  • Personal methods of active coping (with crisis intervention plan)
  • Healthy alteration in daily behaviors (water, nutrition, sleep)
  • Assertiveness and ability to say no
  • Ability to nurture self and to cease draining activities
  • Sensitivity to one's body and physical needs
  • The ability to communicate openly about concerns, including illness (having support persons)

Other immune-boosting behaviors:
  • Management counseling for chronic grief and depression
  • Management counseling for "fight or flight" stress
  • Learning to slow down and practice deep relaxation
  • A sense of humor
  • Openness about HIV status; if gay, lesbian or bisexual, coming out

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