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Living With HIV / Re: Smoking, COPD & HIV
« Last post by harleymc on Today at 01:24:12 AM »
When Danish researchers looked at all cause mortality (not just COPD) in HIV positive populations they found that more years of life are lost to smoking than to treated HIV.

A total of 2,921 HIV patients and 10,642 controls were followed for 14,281 and 45,122 person-years; this is a big, rigorous study. 

A 35-year-old HIV patient had a median life expectancy of 62.6 years (95% CI, 59.9-64.6) for smokers and 78.4 years (95% CI, 70.8-84.0) for nonsmokers

The numbers of life-years lost in association with smoking and HIV were 12.3 (95% CI, 8.1-16.4) and 5.1 (95% CI, 1.6-8.5).

Not smoking is one of the easiest things you can do for your health. Once you are past quitting and withdrawal it costs nothing and takes no effort. It also increases the size of the dating pool.

Mortality attributable to smoking among HIV-1-infected individuals: a nationwide, population-based cohort study.
Helleberg M1, Afzal S, Kronborg G, Larsen CS, Pedersen G, Pedersen C, Gerstoft J, Nordestgaard BG, Obel N. Published 2012
I Just Tested Poz / Re: ...and the virus spreads
« Last post by tednlou2 on Today at 01:05:58 AM »
Welcome to the forums.  I am sorry you tested positive.  It is great you have this Bf in your life now.  What was the purple spot btw?  Has that gone away? 

As for starting a regimen for 30 days because you already got it, more knowledgable folks here on meds can give their opinions.  People switch regimens all the time.  But, I thought there is always a small risk for resistance, especially when your not undetectable yet.  Perhaps the more knowledgable folks here will chime in and give their knowledge on whether that is a perfectly reasonable plan, or given your CD4 count, it would be best to wait for your longterm regimen.  Meds can be donated.  But, I could be totally off and your docs plan is perfectly fine. 

You sure did have a lot to deal with all at once.  It is so good that you tested and are in care.  As for telling your folks, I wish you the best, when you decide the right time.  Keep in touch.


Forums Gatherings / Re: Locations for AMG 2015
« Last post by Jeff G on Today at 12:10:31 AM »
New Orleans
Forums Gatherings / Re: Locations for AMG 2015
« Last post by leatherman on Today at 12:07:32 AM »
Myrtle Beach
Living With HIV / Re: Holiday Greetings and Memorial
« Last post by Jmarksto on Today at 12:00:22 AM »
Joe,  Thank you for posting this -- very poignant.

A heartfelt happy holiday to you and others here,

Am I Infected? / Re: I am a little freaked out...
« Last post by Jeff G on Yesterday at 11:34:59 PM »
You should expect a negative test when you confirm it PEP is powerful medicine and prevention .
Am I Infected? / Re: I am a little freaked out...
« Last post by Mike.warner on Yesterday at 11:32:16 PM »
thanks for that. I would be less worried if not for the chafing.  Having that layer of skin not protecting me really put me over the edge.

I will test again soon. First time I have ever had a condom break. I will review condom information.
Am I Infected? / Re: I am a little freaked out...
« Last post by Jeff G on Yesterday at 11:27:29 PM »
You should be OK PEP is very effective if taken within 72 hours and I personally have never seen it fail . The fact that you took PEP and that the insertive partner and condom breaks rarely result in the transmission of HIV . just be sure to follow up with testing at the appropriate time . Here is a link to our testing lessons . http://www.aidsmeds.com/articles/HIVtests_5029.shtml

Here is a link to our lessons section on PEP http://www.aidsmeds.com/articles/Transmission_17146.shtml

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:

You need to be using condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, every time, no exceptions until such time as you are in a securely monogamous relationship where you have both tested for ALL sexually transmitted infections together.

To agree to have unprotected intercourse is to consent to the possibility of being infected with an STI.Sex without a condom lasts only a matter of minutes, but hiv is forever.

Have a look through the condom and lube links in my signature line so you can use condoms with confidence .

Anyone who is sexually active should be having a full sexual health care check-up, including but not limited to hiv testing, at least once a year and more often if unprotected intercourse occurs.

If you aren't already having regular, routine check-ups, now is the time to start. As long as you make sure condoms are being used for intercourse, you can fully expect your routine hiv tests to return with negative results.

Don't forget to always get checked for all the other sexually transmitted infections as well, because they are MUCH easier to transmit than hiv. Some of the other STIs can be present with no obvious symptoms, so the only way to know for sure is to test.

Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, and you will avoid hiv infection. It really is that simple!
Living With HIV / Re: Holiday Greetings and Memorial
« Last post by WillyWump on Yesterday at 11:20:31 PM »
Thanks for posting this Joe.
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