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Living With HIV / Re: Had the night sweats
« Last post by Almost2late on Today at 07:57:38 AM »
That does help, thanks.. I also use covers when sleeping, more of a security blanket issue than cold.. and I did not feel chills so that's a good sign.. My muscles have been a little sore but the good sore from working out, maybe that has something to do with it.. thanks a lot Jeff.
Living With HIV / Re: Had the night sweats
« Last post by Jeff G on Today at 07:44:41 AM »
I go through night sweats now and then and never have figured out why ... hope that helps  ;) .

Seriously, If you do this every night I would see my doc asap but if you are like me and its once a month or so I would just let my doc know at the next visit . I sleep hot and just a bit too much covers I will sweat and not enough I wake up chilled and my back hurts .   
Off Topic Forum / Re: Dallas Buyers Club just started on HBO East
« Last post by randym431 on Today at 07:28:22 AM »
I can't believe that was Jared Leto in the movie.
He looked amazing.
Last time I watched Jared Leto was in the John Lennon film CHAPTER 27.
Now tell me these two guys were the same person?
Living With HIV / Re: Will HIV doctors become redundant?
« Last post by randym431 on Today at 07:19:00 AM »
To chime on the ops question, absolutely yes.
And for many this has already become redundant.
With new regulations for those doing well, especially long termed doing well, most can now opt for annual visits with their ID doc as well as labs.
My ID doc suggested I go that route. Im still thinking about it. Currently I see the doc twice a year. We mostly talk about the weather, holidays coming up, and any good movies coming out.

For any issue that I may have had, I was referred to my GP.
"Oh, we don't deal with that. See your GP."
Sounds like a broken record after a while.

Actually, I would feel better doing the labs and getting the results yearly, with a copy sent to my ID and GP as well, naturally.
And I would prefer people on meds be assigned a semiannual visit with a shrink.
I think many issues with being + are more physiological related.
Even if you feel you are fine and doing well and well adjusted to it all, I think a little couch time would solve a lot of potential issues with living life as positive.
Kind of smoothing over the rough edges.
And we all have those rough edges to deal with while being positive, believe it or not.
Could be romance related, loneliness, employment, financial, friends, family, and possibly a dose of guilt.

But I see no reason to see the ID doc for stable positive folks and certainly stable long termed positive folks. And instead of seeing the ID doc just to be referred to your GP doc, the process should be reversed.
You see your GP semiannually, and if he/she feels the need for your ID doc to chime in, then the GP refers you and your issue back to your ID doc.

The only problem is, I question most GP doctors knowledge with the virus.
Or the GP ability to recognize issues that may be more virus related than simply general health related. 
Living With HIV / Had the night sweats
« Last post by Almost2late on Today at 07:16:19 AM »
It's been a while since I got this, but last night I woke up with my t-shirt soaked.. I have been feeling fine and I have been working-out with weights and cycling.. I haven't had night sweats since before I started meds.. feel fine this morning, just concerned about this and what it means.
Does anyone have any ideas of what's up with this? Thanks
Off Topic Forum / Re: YouTube Links for the Day
« Last post by Irish Eyes on Today at 05:51:51 AM »
But(t) jokes are always funny.

I Just Tested Poz / Re: A newbie..in the worst way
« Last post by jeremy1991 on Today at 05:35:32 AM »
hmm well maybe ill have some luck cone my way! maybe my body is even eradicating the virus completely so I can then get thoroughly studied, poked and prodded and eventually save thousands of people (yes dream big hey hah)

Ill be getting my CD4 measurements when I meet the specialist wednesday week so keen to see how it all goes! Im certain the infection is very new (early july) as the two weeks i had off unwell, had every symptom.of seroconvrersion. Never had such a horrible flu like illness ever! and the fact that the only other person ive slept with is my partner in the past 2 1/2 years who is a definate negative.
Off Topic Forum / Re: Nutrition, Wumpette Style
« Last post by BT65 on Today at 04:50:09 AM »
I actually prepared a meal this evening.  Even used the stove for the 2nd time.  And gasp....2 different fried foods.  Fried green maters and fried taters with onions.  And of course, a delicious salad.

Looks so yummy.  I love fried green tomatoes, and have not had any yet this season (which is almost over). 
Belated birthday returns!
I hope somebody had a good spanking.
Insurance, Benefits Programs & HIV / Re: ssdi appeal question...
« Last post by BT65 on Today at 04:30:55 AM »
I aptly gave him possible OPTIONS as to how the process could work.  I typically explain the Ryan White Part B/ADAP process in generic terms, always often deferring and recommending they contact their local ASO who would have more specific information about their states Ryan White/ADAP/ACA programs.  I don't have the time or energy to research every states Ryan White/ADAP information.  I am not a national medical case manager and I absolutely refuse to do that in any internet forum I participate within.

Ah, but you give very specific information: 
Once you lose Medicaid, you will be eligible to apply for an Affordable Care Act plan with Advanced Premium Tax Credit/Cost-Sharing Reduction and Ryan White Part B/ADAP assistance which should eliminate out-of-pocket costs associated with HIV-related medications on your states HIV formulary and premium payments.  Just remember to choose a SILVER plan and check the formulary of the insurance plans to make sure the medications you take are covered on their formulary.

Medicare will begin 29 months after your Established Onset Date of Disability, or 24 months after the first date you retroactively begin receiving SSDI disability payments.  Ryan White Part B/ADAP will cover the cost of your Medicare Part D prescription drug plan and co-pays associated with HIV-related medications on your states formulary.  Unfortunately, Medicare Part B premiums will automatically be deducted from your monthly disability payment cannot be reimbursed by the Ryan White Act.

When I was a case manager at the ASO in SB, Indiana, the only way someone would have their Part D premium and copay paid by ADAP (again, there was no Ryan White at the ASO I was at) was if the client was over 65. 

Also, in Indiana, if someone is approved for Medicaid, it pays the Part B premium.

Nowhere did you refer the person to contact his ASO.

Again, ACA plans, Ryan White/ADAP, Medicaid, are very state specific.  If you do not want to research someone's state's plans, then please do not state specifics.

Also, nice swan song.

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