Galveston County Daily News (Internet / Print) 06/04/06 Eric Avery, a University of Texas Medical Branch psychiatrist who works with patients at the university’s AIDS Clinical Care & Research Program, agreed that even though the disease has become much more manageable than in the past, the stereotypes hang on. “It’s just wouldn’t happen to someone who has cancer and is having treatment and her hair is falling out,” said Avery. “The effect of (HIV) is still very stigmatizing.” Still, he adds, there is a terrifying stumbling block that can prevent some people from wanting to find out if they have HIV. “There’s still a fear that if they get it, they will die, even though it is a chronic disease that is treatable — but the thing is, your chances are better finding out early rather than late (in the disease’s progression.”