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Rizzy - we can eat lots of whole foods - fresh. Exercise. Fresh air. Screw a lot. Touch. 

Anxiety, stress and depression can cause inflammation.  Such as might result from endless detailing of research into HIV and all the things that could go wrong and all the things that might be necessary or might not, for that matter.  Don't know how far you are going in your learning project but there comes a point where one puts it aside for the most part, and puts one's energy into life and living well.  Friends, lovers, family and JOB.  Job is really important, if one works, that is. 

Most of us diagnosed in recent years should be planning on middle age and retirement and the thing one wants is financial security and a sense of a life lived well.
Estoy infectado? / Re: SEXO ORAL SIN PROTECCION
« Last post by LEO1977 on Today at 06:10:51 AM »
Ok Andy, me intentaré olvidar del VIH, y trataré de curar mis síntomas, por lo menos sus consejos me ayudan a tranquilizarse y me dan paz. Seguiré mi vida con tranquilidad. Muchas gracias.
Living With HIV / Re: The Reid Report on MSNBC ( Today)
« Last post by mecch on Today at 06:05:43 AM »
Here Rizzi, read about PEPFAR
brought to the world by Bono (of U2) bending the ear of a VERY conservative Southern Senator - Jesse Helms.  Well its sort of urban legend but there's some truth to it.


Living With HIV / Re: The Reid Report on MSNBC ( Today)
« Last post by mecch on Today at 05:51:26 AM »
I've heard it time and time again that hiv isn't an epidemic in America maybe that's why it's not getting all the funding it needs all over the world!! They say only 1.2 million is really affected in the Usa imagine that. Aids research companies are only getting millions of dollars when I think they should be getting billions but I guess it's not seen as a worldwide concern in the 'real sense'

Feel free to say any random thing that pops into your head.

The USA is the biggest contributor to funds available internationally for treatment.

What is an "Aids research company"?   Pharma company?  National Institute of Health/Science? (such as in USA and in European countries - where primary HIV/AIDS research has been done)

University Research Labs? 

What are you going on about, exactly?
Rizzy - what country do you live in?

What combination are you on?

Have you received a panel of liver tests in any of your blood work?  Do you have any identified liver problems?

Sometimes articles like these have NOTHING to do with one's own lived experience. Maybe that is the case here, with you.  If you would answer the questions above, we could see.
We're very much likely to live normal life spans.
there's emerging data that because PLWH often have better access to care, that we may very well live longer than our negative counterparts.  :D

I know that I have already outlived 3 high school classmates who have died before me. I would imagine if they had the care that I have had in my 30+ years living with HIV, that all or some might still be alive today if their issues (cancer and heart issues) had been caught in time by more regular access to health care.
Living With HIV / Re: The Reid Report on MSNBC ( Today)
« Last post by leatherman on Today at 05:45:07 AM »
They say only 1.2 million is really affected in the Usa imagine that.
actually there are probably even fewer people than that by almost half a million; but that's kind of good news because a smaller base number improves the numbers in the treatment cascade

published ahead of print in April in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes (JAIDS), that estimates that in 2011 only 819,200 people were living with HIV in the United States, of whom 86 percent were diagnosed, 72 percent were in care, 68 percent were on ARVs and a much more impressive 55 percent were virally suppressed.
also http://www.aidsmap.com/Model-suggests-there-are-fewer-people-with-HIV-in-the-US-than-thought-and-more-of-them-on-therapy/page/3049915/

819,200 PLWH / 318,900,000 population of USA = 0.002568
the population of PLWH in America is only one quarter of 1%

that's why HIV advocacy over the last 3 decades has been so amazing. Not only have we helped push the science of retroviruses forward, along with speeding up the time before a viable med reaches the market; but we have helped arrange funding for drugs and access to health care for PLWH in America and around the world. Not too shabby for such a small population of patients :) ; but that small of a population sadly explains why most Legislators, and most of our fellow citizens, really aren't concerned about HIV. It's just not that much of a problem in America

I think such an esteemed group of HIV advocates being able to engage two of the possible Presidential candidates for these meetings has been a huge WIN for us (even if Bernie is on the wrong "side" of an issue or two). ;) There has certainly not been any concern at all about this issue from the Republican side of the aisle. (their lack of concern for even American healthcare almost makes me long for the days of GW Bush and the "compassionate conservatism" that started PEPFAR)
I Just Tested Poz / Re: New here and newly diagnosed
« Last post by leatherman on Today at 05:05:21 AM »
Personally I would just do it 1 hour or less. I'm so paranoid about my health I wouldn't take chances
not that I'm suggesting anyone aim for less than 100% adherence but most meds have been shown to result in successful therapy when taken at least 95% of the time. If a patient can actually miss a few doses each month and still stay UD, then having a dose 1 to even 4 hours off from your "normal" dosing time wouldn't be taking any "chance" and is certainly nothing to be paranoid about. ;)
Am I Infected? / Re: Positive? Odd Symptoms
« Last post by JimDublin on Today at 02:47:03 AM »
Your welcome.
This aidsmap.com always gives discouraging news. And one of the folks wrote here that all this sureys include people who are not treated properly.
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