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This is what it’s like to have HIV in 2014

by German Lopez


One survey found that one in three people living with HIV still experience high levels of discrimination due to the disease. Worse, those reporting the highest levels of stigma also report poor access to medical care. The stigma, in other words, correlates with less prevention and care for HIV…

A CDC study found that, among all groups, annual HIV diagnoses between 2001 and 2011 increased the most among 13-to-24-year-old boys and men who have sex with men.Previous CDC studies also found a 22 percent increase in new annual HIV infections between 2008 and 2010 among the same group, and youth ages 13 to 24 accounted for more than one in four new HIV infections in the US in 2010…

Part of breaking down the stigma is undoing anti-gay attitudes attached to the disease, which came about because HIV is more common among gay and bisexual communities. …

"Living in Arkansas, being HIV-positive communicates a lot of things," he said. "It communicates that he’s gay, he’s nasty, and he’s having random sex with all kinds of different people.

Another part of the stigma is that people only get HIV due to careless behavior and somehow deserve the disease…”

Awake within a dream: lucid dreamers show greater insight in waking life


The concept of lucid dreaming was explored in the 2010 film Inception, where the dreamers were able to spot incongruities within their dream. It is thought some people are able to do this because of a higher level of insight, meaning their brains detect they are in a dream because events would not make sense otherwise. 

This cognitive ability translates to the waking world when it comes to finding the solution to a problem by spotting hidden connections or inconsistencies, researchers say.”

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