December #119 : A Gift to Yourself - by Lucile Scott

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On the Cover-Juliano Innocenti

Melting the Winter Blues

Higher Ground

Sex in the Age of Meds

WHY...December 2005

Steps to the Future

The Fright Before Xmas

Striking Oil

A Gift to Yourself

A New Year Bathed in Promise

Weighing CD4 Counts

Trainer's Bench - December 2005

The Legal Eye - December 2005

Sexy Holiday Toys


LeRoy Whitfield 1969-2005

Earthwatch - December 2005

Tripped Up

Buzz - December 2005

Out of the Blues

A Lifeline for All

Yesterday's News

As the Virus Turns

Mentors - December 2005

Mailbox - December 2005

Editor's Letter - December 2005

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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December 2005

A Gift to Yourself

by Lucile Scott

How folks manage their cash during the holidays

With mounting med costs, disability and frosty budgets, HIVers’ holiday shopping can be quite the nightmare before Christmas. But December cheer needn’t mean financial fear. Here’s how three veterans handle their cash.

Go for broke: “In December, I forget my financial stress and spend what I want on my boyfriend and family. I buy everything—a tree and decorations— and I feel physically better.”
Joe Norton, 43, AIDS organization employee, NYC

Spread the love: “I want to buy everyone something, even if that means going to the dollar store. It may require more creativity, but it can be special. I may also buy clothing for organizations that help people during the holidays.”
Devin Robinson, 22, actor/educator, Boca Raton, Florida

Do it yourself: “I raised three kids alone and am used to doing a lot with a little. I make gifts like jewelry sets and mosaics. Regardless, I try not to stress because stress is a friend of AIDS, not mine.”
Dyane Haddock, 41, artist, New Port Richey, Florida 

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