Let’s start at the very beginning…

…a very good place to start. Welcome to “Life With a Plus Sign“–Positive Living for HIV Positive People.

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I am Kevin Varner, and I’m a writer, blogger, health educator and licensed professional counselor associate in North Carolina. I’m also HIV positive since October of 2006.

Glad you’re here! Now, you may want to know why I am here, too.  So, I decided to answer some FAQs so you’ll know more about me and my purpose for “Life With a Plus Sign”.

  • Why are you blogging, rather than keeping a personal journal? I’ve kept a personal journal since being diagnosed with HIV in 2006, as a way of healing, dealing with anger, fear, and stuck-ness. I shared a few entries with friends when I disclosed my HIV status, and was surprised by their empathy and support. These friends encouraged me to share my posts with others who are either infected with or affected by HIV as a means of connecting and offering hope and support…until there’s a cure.
  • What topics do you think you’ll write about? Posts about my journey with HIV from before Day One to Day 2,555 (that’s today) and beyond. Articles on Prevention Education–the latest on HIV and STD infection rates, specifically in the Southern US. Articles on Medicines and their side effects, success rates, and indications. Posts on Living Positively with HIV–diet, vitamins, exercise, emotional and mental health, meditation, mindfulness practice and spirituality. I will also take suggestions.
  • Who would you love to connect with via your blog? I want to connect with other HIV positive folks from all over. Share your stories, your hope, your frustrations, your goals and your passions. I want to connect with newly diagnosed HIV patients. Share your questions, fears, anger, hopes and concerns. I want to connect with anyone who knows someone, knew someone, loves or loved someone with HIV/AIDS. Tell me your stories, share your support with others, lets spread support, education and compassion and stop spreading HIV and HIV related stigma.
  • If you blog successfully throughout 2014, what would you hope to have accomplished? Two things: More successful blogging in 2015, and a community of followers and fellow bloggers who are supportive, compassionate, and educated in the fight against the HIV epidemic.

Thanks for stopping by. There’s much more to come, and I hope you’ll join me on this Positive Journey.

With gratitude,

Kevin

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