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Living with HIV in Rhode Island

If you are man living with HIV+ in Rhode Island, you are not alone.

It’s estimated that there are from 3,800 – 4,000 people living with HIV in Rhode Island, and many of them are men who like other guys. Since 2001 there have been between 100–125 new HIV infections annually reported to the Rhode Island Department of Health, and the majority of these new cases have been equally distributed among men who like other guys aged 20 – 50 in recent years.

Community Resources for HIV+ Men in Rhode Island

Given the numbers mentioned above, one would assume that community/social services for men living with HIV would be growing in Rhode Island, but unfortunately that’s not the case. Buddy programs, hotlines, and support groups were once readily available, but with the advancement of effective HIV treatments and dwindling resources, these types of programs are virtually nonexistent.

Some ways of meeting other HIV+ guys include checking out the Get Involved, Fun Stuff, and Calendar pages to see if there are opportunities to meet up with other HIV+ guys. You can also click here to get stories and advice from guys living with HIV in RI.

HIV Disclosure in Rhode Island

Rhode Island may have 1,000,000 residents, but it is a small state and word gets around easily. If your privacy regarding your HIV status is important, here are a few tips:

1. Be careful who you tell, including friends, family, employers, co-workers, and landlords.

2. Check out www.thebody.com for helpful advice from other people living with HIV.

3. Consider processing your feelings about your HIV status with a mental health professional. Click here for a listing of recommended professionals in R.I.

Know Your Rights in Rhode Island

There are many Rhode Island laws that protect people living with HIV from discrimination. Check out this website for more info.

Take Care of Your Health

Local Rhode Island health resources for people living with HIV include the Miriam Hospital Immunology Clinic, AIDS Project Rhode Island , and AIDS Care Ocean State

Some other helpful online health sites include: www.TheBody.com, www.PozMagazine.com, and www.GMHC.com.