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News & Notes
There is much that the recovery advocacy movement can learn from the LGBT rights movement of recent decades. The latter movement is one of the most successful social movements in history as judged by the speed at which it has elicited broad changes in cultural attitudes and policies of import to the LGBT community.
A new study found that terms such as "alcoholic" and "addict" carry more stigma than more recent terms such as "person with a substance use disorder." Explicit bias is recognized as a contributor to the stigma of addiction but the authors also used a word-association task and found evidence for implicit bias.
HIV treatment involves taking HIV medication every day, exactly as prescribed to lower the amount of HIV in your blood. Keeping the amount of the virus in your blood very low -- so low that a test can't detect it (called an undetectable viral load) -- is the best thing you can do to stay healthy.