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Living With HIV / Re: Scared
« Last post by initforlife on Today at 06:43:42 AM »
Almost here in Tn Im  one in thousands that fall through the cracks make to much for Medicaid and not enough for the insurance exchange. but I will have coverage either way in a few months  it just takes more time then It did back in Mo to get things done here... Time from what I understand from the Dr's call  I may not have.. You know what I'm ok there is nothing I can do right now but wait  This new AD is really working this didn't even bring me down. That's some awesome shit. I'm almost back to my normal self. so on that part that's good news!
Living With HIV / Challenged !!! Aids/Lifecycle 545
« Last post by michaelzalnasky on Today at 06:42:14 AM »
just recently through Facebook I have reconnected with allot of old friends and acquaintances.
I say this because after reaching out to a friend I hadn't seen or spoken to in 24 plus years.
Through our conversations I have revealed my illness of being HIV +
So now My Friend Deanna has offered a challenge to me.
Deanna wants me to start training so that next year I can ride with her on the Aids/Lifecycle bicycle ride from San Fransisco to Los Angeles
Stating how it will help me in my cause of raising awareness and helping me to get people more informed and that I would be able to show my progress.
Well I've accepted deanna's challenge and planning to ride the Aids/Lifecycle 545
I was diagnosed last August under medical care I have shown steady improvement
I've started preparing by walking daily I've been averaging 1.5 miles a day and gradually increasing the distance
I'm just waiting on an ESOP buy out from my previous employer so I can purchase all the proper equipment.
My friend Deanna has ridden the 545 nine years in a row and is a very active advocate for aids awareness
I have researched here in south Florida and have found aids/lifecycle teams here in Florida that I will train with
This will be a huge accomplishment for sure.
I've begun assembling a team beginning to reach out for sponsorship and fundraising
I share this in hopes that I can get some responses from people who have been apart of aids/lifecycle.
How Can I Prevent HIV? / Re: Prep/pep
« Last post by DANIELtakashi on Today at 06:33:57 AM »

To the best of my limited knowledge, TRUVADA is the only kind approved.
Or is it different country by country?
TRUVADA = ツルバダ

Greetings from Tokyo, Frank .
Speaking from personal experience
I was diagnosed back in August 2014 I can tell you my sexual drive has basically been non existent.
I had learned through testing that my testosterone level had basically bottomed out
Let me be frank I haven't had and orgasm or the desire for at least 9 months however just recently as I have been steadily improving
My last labs a week ago show my
VL- has dropped to 39
C-4 64
I've noticed just lately I woken up with morning wood and I notice my sexual desire coming back.
I hope this has been helpful as you will be reading lack of sexual desire seems common with people that are HIV +
I will share this a female friend who has been positive for 20 plus years tells me it effected her sexual desire early on as well...
Brian I hope my information is helpful
I have had the same experience with my husband.  The doctor told us that it is common for HIV to affect testosterone levels. Joe is correct. 
My husband of five years, (we've been together longer than that), just tested pos for HIV.  I tested negative.  He states that two years ago, he had a female give him oral sex one time in a parking lot.  I understand that odds are low to get HIV from oral sex, but do any of you know anyone that contracted HIV from oral sex, or have any of you contracted HIV in that way?  Just wanna know if I can trust his explanation, or if there is more deception going on.  Yes, this has been a trying time in our marriage.  :(

Sorry to hear of your loss of LTS friends. not only do we have friends and /or family with hiv/aids to worry about and witness/help with their health issues, we also have become the age where we are loosing parents, aunts uncles co workers to just old age and other diseases..

it is life, the planet and the human race, modern medicine allows people to live longer than ever…so awesome..we  grow and learn and live and love and time goes by and all of a sudden you say heck i am over 50 now and i still feel so young in my mind!

it is stressful. and we all know stress and anxiety harms the body mind and spirit..the whole existential quandary and mortality…

a lot of the time it is hard to be centered and anxiety free..and when one does find them selves "happy" it is kind of like…wow..i smiled! or i feel at peace..cool..

"be here now" is hard to think about at times but that is really all we have no matter what age we are..love every minute of it..

on the kidney note…

did you know that welbutrin is one of the only antidepressants that has a kidney warning?!

the kidney thing with me is stable for now..although i have not had any labs in about 5 months ..got so tired of worring about it i put my labs off until i go in a few weeks.. my last GFR was 46?  biopsy was clean..so what to do besides eat well and question any new meds prescribed..

welbutrin should be dosage adjusted.found that out when it was prescribed to me in January and i had side effects and started doing research...i forget the mg. i have a chart of antidepressants and CKD..i think there are only 2 on the whole list with kidney  warning and welbutrin is one…i'll look for it in the depths of my computer files if you want..

anything to not harm them any further..best to you

Research News & Studies / Scientists find potential new HIV therapy
« Last post by Hoyland on Today at 12:44:11 AM »

The researchers created a culture from human tissues, primarily spleen and lymph node tissue. After exposing the cells to IL-21, they introduced HIV-1 and found that after 72 hours, cultures with IL-21 contained more than two-thirds less virus than those that didn't receive the treatment.

The second model tested IL-21 in mice transplanted with human stem cells to create a physiological environment as close as possible to that in people.

Over the course of two weeks, the mice began producing IL-21. After 14 days, more than half of the mice with IL-21 did not display a detectable level of HIV-1.

An analysis of the results suggested that IL-21 not only jump starts the immune system but also stops the HIV-1 virus from replicating during a critical, early window of its development, when it is concentrated in one location and has not yet started to spread throughout the body.
How Can I Prevent HIV? / Re: Prep/pep
« Last post by Joe K on Today at 12:41:55 AM »
I'm only aware of Truvada being approved for use as PreP and PEP.

Here's the link on PreP: http://www.poz.com/factsheets/fs_2014_09_prep.pdf

Here's the link to transmission that has info on PreP and PEP, among other topics:

Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / MOVED: Prep/pep
« Last post by Joe K on Today at 12:35:18 AM »
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