It's been 91 years since The United States of America began celebrating Veterans Day as a day we give our "Thank you" to all those men and women who were brave and fought for our freedom.
My father was in the Armed Forces during World War II, yet he never spoke of it to the kids. I never knew he was highly decorated until after his death when my uncle shared some stories with me. How proud I was of my dad at that moment! I wish I'd known while he was still alive, and I wonder how many other Vets are out there holding back their memories.
We owe our Vets a huge thanks for all their service in maintaining our freedom. It is saddening to hear that many of our Vets are suffering from poverty, homelessness and medical challenges.
Here are a few sobering Veterans stats for you:
33% of the male homeless people are veterans
47% served Vietnam
17% served post-Vietnam
15% served pre-Vietnam
67% served three or more years
33% were stationed in war zone
85% completed high school/GED compared to 56% of non-veterans
89% received an honorable discharge
76% experience alcohol, drug or mental health problems
We at WebMD appreciate all of our Veterans and thank you for all your bravery and service to our country and people!! If you know a Vet, please be sure to thank them today. And if there is some way to offer a helping hand to our Vets in need, let's make an effort to give it to them today.
Are you a Veteran or know someone that is? Please share your story or just your note of thanks here.
The questions that you are posting to this HIV/AIDS community have been answered for you many times. If you take a moment to digest the information that has previously been given to you, you will realize the minuscule risk levels and improbabilities of infection in the scenarios you are coming up with.
If you do NOT understand the risks, please educate yourself again by re-reading previous posts or searching our HIV/AIDS Health Center for more information.
This community has many Members and visitors that deserve our time, as well. While some that visit our board may already be educated on the HIV virus, there are others that are NOT...and these types of posts you are leaving have the capacity to stir fear or paranoia for someone new to our board.
This is not the right community to be posting to. We have previously encouraged you to participate in our excellent Anxiety & Panic Disorders Community to find more support. Have you posted there yet?
Although we have great experts and a wonderful community, we cannot diagnose and we cannot go as in depth as a face to face meeting with someone. Please seek help with a professional therapist for any anxiety issues you are experiencing.
I saw this being discussed the other day on AIDS.gov and I thought it might strike a chord with some of you. On October 26th, "More than 15,000 schools and school districts, as well as 5,000-plus colleges and universities, received a critical reminder Tuesday from the U.S. Department of Education: "To put it simply, in this country, we don't believe bullying should exist," said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.
"To that end, the Department of Education's new guidance makes clear that some student bullying actually violates federal anti-discrimination laws that protect gay, lesbian and transgendered students as well as members of other protected groups." (This is not a WebMD site, and we cannot guarantee content).
Remember email digests? Wonder where they disappeared to? Well, they are back!
Every public Community now provides you access to a Daily Email Digest. Look to your left navigation on any Community page and you will find a "Staying Informed" link, which you can use to subscribe to both the respective Newsletter and/or the Community's Daily Email Digest.
I hope you're finding the answers you're looking for here, but I would also encourage you to participate in our Sexually Transmitted Diseases Community . Since this is an HIV & AIDS community, your answers will be limited here. The STD community will be able to help as a support group and be able to point you to other online resources.
Welcome to the community and thank you for your questions.
I just wanted to let you know that WebMD contracts with our Health Experts to answer as many Member questions that they are able in the amount of time they can devote to checking in on the board. However, it's not likely that they will be able to respond to ALL Member questions, even if they are directly posed to them.
You can be confident in any replies from Gail or Nieciedo as they only give answers to questions they are sure of, and when they are not sure, they say so. This case with the barber is a very clear case of no risk.
Since this is an open forum that was created on community sharing, you can expect our Members to jump in on any posted questions with their experience or opinion.
And, although members are not permitted to represent themselves as physicians, some do have medical training or a very thorough understanding of the condition.
If you ever come a cross a reply (or any post) that violates WebMD's Terms & Conditions you should report the post using the "Report This" button to notify us.
I hope that helps explain, and if anyone has questions about our expert policies here at WebMD, please always feel free to write to us at CommunityManagement@WebMD.net .
Thank you to all of you for making this such a great community!View Thread
Knowledge is the antidote to fear. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
I'm sorry to see that you are still not able to find peace in this area of your life. It must be very difficult and mentally exhausting to live with this fear every day and in all of your normal everyday activities. My heart goes out to you.
I have previously encouraged you to participate in our excellent Anxiety & Panic Community to find more support. Have you posted there yet? Click on the link above and check it out. The community is very supportive and they also have a great Health Expert.
You've received responses here every time you've posted with these scenarios that it's not AIDS/HIV, no matter what circumstances you describe. We understand that this frightens you but please understand that there are others here who are dealing with HIV and/or AIDS and also need support.
Please visit our Anxiety and Panic Community and consider pursuing therapy for yourself which can be helpful for anyone suffering with this fear you're living with...whether they might have HIV (or any other illness) or not.
I''m so glad to hear that the test came back negative to give you some peace!
I noticed that you used the term "Dr's" when referring tou our community members. Please understand that the opinions expressed in our communities are solely those of the User who - other than our health expert Dr. David Malebranche, may or may not have medical or scientific training.
Reading individual, real-life experiences can be a helpful resource, but it is never a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment from a qualified health care provider.View Thread
Knowledge is the antidote to fear. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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