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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Season's Greetings and Happy New Years

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas
and Happy New Years 2015
from the 
Bi Polar Bear

Saturday, December 6, 2014

If You Have a Substance Abuse Problem, Going for a Mental Health Screening

This blogger consumer activist for mental health and HIV since 2004 could not agree more with "Mental Health Patients Tested More For HIV As Providers Recognize Increased Risk"  I read this two days ago and it's been picked up in several publications including here, but more needs to be done on  substance abuse, as if you have a serious substance abuse problem a mental health screening may prevent you from contracting HIV.

In my blog post dated, March 6, 2014 "It used to be that no individual whispered the Words HIV and Mental Health" at the end I give my opinion as someone dual diagnosed with both HIV and a chronic mental illness, bipolar disorder, where I say:

I can't say this happened to you, this is my journey, my story
Mental health screenings and condoms are what's needed in my opinion when we talk about HIV prevention today.  Had I read my blog post between 1978 - 1996 and had a mental health screening, I may have been diagnosed Bipolar and or Bipolar and substance problem, which are treatable and may have not contracted the human immunodeficiency virus.
I became a consumer advocate for both mental health and HIV since 2004, would I have preferred not to be doing this yes, but life goes on and I enjoy the work I do today, I went on to grow as a person as have others and will you.
You can transmit HIV, you can't transmit mental illness.  HIV you need to disclose if you are having unsafe sex, mental illness no one needs to know.  If you decide to talk openly about both thank you as you are helping combat compound stigma and are now deputized a mental health and HIV+ consumer activist.
Be safe, have fun and stay active.