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Absolutely Zach, I really would have taken the flu shot again after knowing it would place my VL destruction on hold for little bit just cause I don't want to end in the ER again... Adjusting to living with this disease is quite new to me.. Back in January I didn't know what the fuck was going on.. I didn't know I was HIV poz and then finding out I got AIDS off the bat, I thought that was it, I was done! I never knew there was HIV specialist or Infectious Disease Doctors and I didn't know I would need one.. All those OI's? never heard of most of them.. Now I got this ID Doc that looks at me, all worried about my VL.. That sucks! It sucks that I gotta figure out for myself that there's nothing to worry about cause my "Doctor" doesn't really remember that he ordered a flu shot or that its maybe a blip and he shouldn't be stressing me out with this..I realize that he's only human but I need someone who knows what there talking about.  I use this forum to help me deal with my "AIDS" related issues and it's been a BIG help.. Now that I know this VL issue is nothing to stress about, I'll just wait to see whats next.. And Jeff G, your right about my KS, the Oncologist said it doesn't look aggressive and probably will go away on its own with my meds, thanks for that :) I'm still learning about this shit from everywhere and anywhere I can find info... BTW if anyone out there from the Ft.Lauderdale area knows of a good HIV Doc, Please let me know.. sorry for all the drama but that's how I've been rolling lately :-[
Mental Health & HIV / Re: I'm A Complete Mess, Feeling Hopeless
« Last post by mecch on Yesterday at 06:48:27 PM »
Well contact that psychiatrist and tell him you are in dire straights. Does HE know you binge and purge, cut, and are suicidal?  He had you on meds but If I got it correctly, you stopped them?  I'm sure if you could find acceptable meds, not too terrible, its clearly not enough -- you need a therapist who is either a shrink or is working with a shrink.  I don't understand the family situation. They know nothing of this distress? Remind me again, do they know you are HIV+?
Since you are suicidal every other time you check in here its clear something has to give. You must feel terrible.  If you announce you are suicidal to any other these people - case worker, therapist, shrink, treating md? - what happens?  You could get better help if you could manage to advocate for yourself but it doesn't seem like you can manage that.  Plus your family - you've excluded them from the list of possible caregivers?  OR they excluded you?   I think if you announce you are suicidal you can check into the hospital...  Start talking to health professionals... Wouldn't that be a good thing?
Off Topic Forum / Re: Google Glass goes on sale tomorrow
« Last post by intaglio on Yesterday at 06:47:34 PM »
Do they have them available for those of us who wear trifocals?  Imagine that cost since a good pair of prescription glasses costs upwards of $1,000.

IIRC, the actual upgrade strategy is to get the viewer so small it can be paired with any set of glasses. The viewer is a tiny screen set out of the way of your line of vision. You skew your eyes up and to the right to view the media. Think how hearing aids were paired with glasses. At first you could only choose some butt-ugly frames if you wanted your hearing aids integrated. Now, there's a lot of tech that both supersedes the need for hearing aids to be paired with glasses and a lot of choice if you do integrate them with your frames.

Right now the viewer is large because the tech to project info directly onto your retina is still in its infancy.

Right now the tech is more "see what we can do" than "here's something that solves a problem."  And you do know the easiest way to get people to want something is to tell them they can't have it.  :P
Living With HIV / Re: No more playing basketball
« Last post by BoiBoy on Yesterday at 06:43:30 PM »
Didn't Magic get cut and bleed on about his first game back, which became his last game?

Yeah... but that was in the 90's.
Off Topic Forum / Re: Heartbleed and password resets
« Last post by intaglio on Yesterday at 06:37:04 PM »
Perhaps I was a bit dismissive and should actually log in and see what's happening.

It's not so much a problem if you use unique passwords (recommended) for each site. Heartbleed allowed passwords to be mined -and connected to users. The exploit comes when a user has propagated the same password over multiple sites.

So, if you've used a unique password at your bank, you're likely pretty secure. Still, it is good practice to change any password linked to your money on a regular basis.

passwords are false security, lull you into complacency.

I agree with you where surveillance is concerned. I do believe strong passwords are deterrents, not impervious to cracking. You don't need a perfect password, just one that's harder to crack than others.
You could always purchase a secure password generator application -- the most respected being IMO AgileBits 1Password. It's available for all platforms and they are running at 50% off cost right now because of this security threat:


Also, it will sync all of your newly 1Password-generated passwords across devices and store them in the cloud.

Things like these can add another layer of encryption. If it stored the passwords only on media that was under my control, I'd give it an unqualified recommendation.

I don't trust "the cloud" because it is an amorphous media. Since I have no control over the management of that "cloud" I have no idea how well or how poorly it is protected from attack. I also don't know if the owners of that media are selling all info contained on it. "Cloud" has a wonderful, touchy-feely vibe, but using it is still fraught with security concerns that one mitigates when one controls one's own storage.

I have no problem with people using cloud storage for non-critical data. I have major problems with companies and entities using cloud storage where the safety and security of the media is uncertain or unprovable. Too often MLM's get caught up in the latest catchphrase-woo and have to be gently (using a stick of enlightenment upside their head) brought back to reality.
Off Topic Forum / Tatiana Maslany of Orphan Black talks about Struwwelpeter
« Last post by mecch on Yesterday at 06:36:42 PM »

Struwwelpeter is a 19thC German collection of cautionary tales for children.

"Struwwelpeter" describes a boy who does not groom himself properly and is consequently unpopular.

In "Die Geschichte vom bösen Friederich" (The Story of Bad Frederick), a violent boy terrorizes animals and people. Eventually he is bitten by a dog, who goes on to eat the boy's sausage while he is bedridden.

In "Die gar traurige Geschichte mit dem Feuerzeug" (The Dreadful Story of the Matches), a girl plays with matches and burns to death.

and so on and so on. It kind of cracking me up and scaring me how German it is.   ;D


I like Orphan Black.  I like Orange is the New Black, too.  Both back on air soon.


Back to the german theme.

Well i have some close German friends and this is an endlessly fascinating culture.

Its funny cause I live in French-speaking Switzerland and this culture mostly turns its back on German and Germanophone culture.

Not true for the German-speaking Swiss.  The Francophones mostly don't speak German very well, if at all. None of francophone friends read german newspapers, watch german or german-swiss TV, go to german movies, read german novels. 

But the Germans are more willing to be genuinely multicultural and those who speak french and/or Italian speak it really well.  In addition to perfect English, too, of course.

I Just Tested Poz / Re: Worried about all these mutations
« Last post by pittman on Yesterday at 06:35:36 PM »
Also, resistance is not a yes/no thing. There are degrees to it.  When tested, I showed up as having some resistance to one of the drugs in the combo I was put on, but the doctor explained that it was well below the threshold of concern. 

Several years later, I have been undetectable on every test after the first couple months.
Insurance, Benefits Programs & HIV / Re: Obamacare.
« Last post by mitch777 on Yesterday at 06:30:59 PM »
Obama announced today in a press conference that 8 million people have signed up and 35% of those were under 35 years old.

Seems like it's working as planned. Now if the Republicans could finally admit it they could focus their energy on fixing any flaws and attend to more important issues facing our country but I know that won't happen before November. Hell, I bet they vote to repeal the ACA another few times in the coming months. So sad.

He also mentioned in his PC that the Governors who didn't allow Medicaid expansion are denying another 5 million people healthcare purely for political reasons. Obvious to me but the people that live in these states are the only ones with the power to vote them out. I wish them the best.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Just Confirmed with Wester Blot
« Last post by some_user123 on Yesterday at 06:28:24 PM »
I had a very good day ... first in a little while.

I've been taking Stribild for 30 days and here are my new numbers:
CD4: 459 up from 252
VL: 90 down from 40,690

Thrush also disappeared about a week ago.

Thanks everyone for posting and helping me get through this :)
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Newly diagnosed and no sense of urgency from dr.
« Last post by pittman on Yesterday at 06:26:58 PM »
Great to hear the progress. By your next test, sounds like you'll be undetectable. (at 104, that would have already been undetectable not so long ago before they improved the tests!)
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