Peer to Peer, the writings of a Consumer Advocate for both LGBT mental health and HIV/AIDS issues since 2004.
Please visit my homepage at www.bipolarbear.us valuable resources on HIV and Mental Illness
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.
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.