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AIDS Activism / Re: World AIDS Day-forgotten and ignored by many
« Last post by leatherman on Today at 02:40:59 PM »
Its always been up to those of us living and dying of HIV to be heard and never let them forget.
it's definitely OUR problem to keep the pressure on. Quite frankly, with only maybe 1.5 million people in America infected, HIV really isn't that big of a problem in the States - especially to the 300 million who probably aren't even "affected" by HIV. If we don't talk about it, there are a lot of other health advocates who will gladly step up to talk about "their" illness (or disparity - don't forget all the other social issues that want the stage.)

I think some of the silence is the failure of consumer/PLWH advocacy groups. How many of those groups bought tv time? how many contacted reporters to get an article done (last week leading up to WAD)? How many wrote an op-ed or letter to the ed? How few actually sponsored WAD events or collaborated with others (HIV agencies, or local governments) to push some community awareness? How many joined with advocates of another health care issue or disparity who might have a similar agenda?

just to be clear, i'm not ripping on any group or any area specifically for these failures. Well actually I am; but that's for my own state of South Carolina's PLWH advocacy groups which rarely advocate. As long as they can get bodies in a seat to justify the funding, as long as everyone gets a free sandwich (and you better be giving out those gas cards too!), and as long as they call the event "advocacy" or "training", then it's all good for them. (you know, it's easy to avoid stigma when you don't even put yourself out there. LOL) A core group of advocates here from around the state have come to realize that we must strike out on our own if we're ever going to get passed the complacency of a large group of PLWH who live in the capital. (I have to give a lot of credit to our Ryan White Part C planning committee for helping some consumers from around the state to connect and in encouraging (and empowering) us to do the work that needs to be done while others sit around.

As CDC prevention interventions get more targeted to specific risk groups, the HIV prevention/education message is totally lost to the larger population who will most likely never be in a high risk group (not to mention those other risk groups which aren't even targeted). I often voice my worries about that at the state level. While I can understand that funding issues and collected data can push our interventions to focus on a specific group (right now, most often black MSM ages 18-26), I wonder what is happening in the white MSM group ages 18-26 who are getting NO educational/prevention interventions. In five years from now, we will quit targeting black MSM for prevention and focus on the exploding "white hiv epidemic"?

sorry for all the wandering thoughts above. LOL I'm off to my WAD event, where I'll be the guest speaker at the local university about PrEP before our candlelight service. I'll check in later with y'all! ;)
Am I Infected? / Re: Can t sleep finger in anus with used condom
« Last post by Scared7272 on Today at 02:38:21 PM »
Thanks joe for your time, i forgot to thanks as i am so stress, sorry for that
Am I Infected? / Re: Can t sleep finger in anus with used condom
« Last post by Scared7272 on Today at 02:35:24 PM »
Regarding the fact that my anus is itchy, is it possible i catch another std and if this is the case does it increase the probabiity i got hiv. Can i have sex with my wife... I a about to break down. Regarding the fact i don t need to test are you 100% sure or do you try to reassure me the risk is low? I know my questions are insisting but i don t see the differece with sharig toys and sees if risk low, there is some risk in such practices
Living With HIV / Re: HIV Stigma :(
« Last post by RobbyR on Today at 02:17:42 PM »
I've thought about that, but it's hard to want to teach others or inform them when you see people shaming people with HIV constantly, it's just discouraging. Some guy even private messaged me on a website the other day & told me that I was pathetic and that nobody would ever talk to me or like me because I am positive, he said "don't you realize that everyone thinks you're a joke and that's why we don't like you?" And now it causes me to live in fear that someone will try to shame me again if I try to date again. Some people just seem to get off on outing positive guys. I am not sure why but it doesn't feel any different to me at all from how people were treated in the 80s.

I have no positive friends at all and nobody to talk to about this.
Living With HIV / Re: Again? Really?
« Last post by Joe K on Today at 02:13:14 PM »

If my dentist did something like this, two things would happen.  First, they would no longer be my dentist and two, I would be filing a major complaint with every agency I could to insure they never did this again.

Am I Infected? / Re: so anxious... please please help assess my risks
« Last post by Joe K on Today at 02:10:49 PM »
A 12 week negative result is conclusive: you are negative and you do not need any further testing.

Living With HIV / Re: Again? Really?
« Last post by Mightysure on Today at 02:09:21 PM »
It's sad that healthcare professionals don't realize someone in care is far less risky than someone who doesn't know and is certainly NOT on treatment.  I know they take a blood borne pathogens class in dental school. 
Am I Infected? / Re: Rimming With Bleeding Gums?
« Last post by Joe K on Today at 02:08:21 PM »
I'm happy to help you with some background information to share.

Evaluating HIV Transmission Risk Of Oral Sex

Secretory leukocyte protease inhibitor (SLPI) in mucosal fluids inhibits HIV-I.
Wahl SM, McNeely TB, Janoff EN, Shugars D, Worley P, Tucker C, Orenstein JM.
Source: Laboratory of Immunology, NIDR, NIH, Bethesda, MD 20892, USA.


Mucosal and Plasma IgA from HIV-1-Exposed Uninfected Individuals Inhibit HIV-1 Transcytosis Across Human Epithelial Cells1
Claudia Devito*, Kristina Broliden2,*, Rupert Kaul†, Lennart Svensson‡, Kari Johansen‡, Peter Kiama†, Joshua Kimani†, Lucia Lopalco§, Stefania Piconi¶, Job J. Bwayo†, Francis Plummer†∥, Mario Clerici3 and Jorma Hinkula‡


Secretory leukocyte protease inhibitor: a human saliva protein exhibiting anti-human immunodeficiency virus 1 activity in vitro.

T B McNeely, M Dealy, D J Dripps, J M Orenstein, S P Eisenberg, and S M Wahl


Identification of a CD36-related Thrombospondin 1–binding Domain in HIV-1 Envelope Glycoprotein gp120: Relationship to HIV-1–specific Inhibitory Factors in Human Saliva

René Crombie*‡, Roy L. Silverstein*, Clarinda MacLow*‡, S. Frieda A. Pearce*, Ralph L. Nachman*, and Jeffrey Laurence*‡

Am I Infected? / Re: so anxious... please please help assess my risks
« Last post by mil888 on Today at 02:08:18 PM »
I had another oraquick at week 11 and today week 12 all Negative.  So, with blood test ELISA 3rd Gen at 5 and 7 week and with all oraquick swab test 'til week 12 today, Is it conclusive for me?  Should I take a blood test for conclusive?  Thanks for your answer.
Am I Infected? / Re: Rimming With Bleeding Gums?
« Last post by sk8nsurfSaMo on Today at 02:06:06 PM »
I read you loud and clear, however, I want to confirm this information regarding the no risk from any kind of sexual contact besides unprotected intercourse with my primary healthcare professional. Can you point me to some information, preferably scholarly so that I may show them? Talked to my doc a little bit ago and referenced the study regarding no seroconversions occuring between poz and neg partners with no barrier used with oral sex and he was very curious to see that information, as well as the saliva enzymes killing HIV.
He said that the mouth can be a vector due to the gums being a thin mucousal membrane and as well pointed out that one can test for antibodies via the mouth as being an indicator that one can transmit via oral.
Sorry if i'm being annoying, I just want to confirm independently as well as help out my doc, who is now very curious.
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