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LOL...Yes Jeff is enjoying retirement by the pool ,
he is meeting lots of new friends and is enjoying life in Palm Springs.
God knows he deserves it after all the years running the Forums.

Now we have Jim tending the desk at the Hotel California ...!!!
Off Topic Forum / Does anyone wanna buy my extra Atripla?
« Last post by daisychainz1969 on Yesterday at 09:18:03 AM »
Hi guys hope you are all well, i changed my meds and have extra Atripla left over if anyone wants to buy it for a good price let me know

Peace and Love xx  :)
Off Topic Forum / Re: Any of the old school members still lurking?
« Last post by skeebo1969 on Yesterday at 09:12:56 AM »
Hi Thomas, I'm still here!  It's good to see you, how's everything going?


Hi Betty!!  My wife and I weathered the storm, and we've been back together since the end of March.  My oldest daughter (25) is about to move out, we've been helping her since she graduated from college, and we are so excited to turn her room into an office!   I never would have dreamed that the prospect of some file cabinets and a desk would excite me so.

I remember when you were SadTom, eleven or so years ago I reckon.  The forums were a different place back then - wilder, naughtier, less delicate, and far less balkanized than what we have today, which led to a lot more interaction amongst the members. I too wonder what has become of many of them.  Some, I know, have died, or are in the process of doing so.  Others have removed themselves - or have been removed - and some seem to have simply drifted away - I suppose they took what they needed and moved on.

Time only moves forward.  I'm still around.  Reading, rarely posting, and occasionally reminiscing about the way things used to be.  I miss those times (but not my newby neuroses), and have fond memories of the people who helped me so much back when I was in great need.


Whizzer,  your sharp wit and sense of humor was missed a long time ago.  I had forgotten about Sadtom, that sure brings back a lot of memories.  It's good to see you.

The old forums were great, and I think we knew some changes were coming when POZ took over.  I just never figured it would become so censored.  A part of me understands, this is supposed to be a support forum.... however, it's come at a price.  The sense of community is not as strong here as it once was.   

As the years go by, Moffie's wisdom makes more sense now, and I am not just talking about his sage advice on living with HIV.   

I also know members like him cannot be replaced.   The void left after so many beloved people died is huge, and I can't ignore how much that plays into the night and day difference around here.

Don't get me wrong, it's still the best place for support and answers. 

I guess everything changes, I know Miami did....lol

Oh well. :)

Hi Thomas
I am still around and I'm glad you are too

Hi Joe!  I hope you are doing well!

Hello Thomas,

And slowly coming through recent challenges.

Take care,


Hello brother!  I work out in this terrible heat we've been having and I think I'm melting.  We only have two seasons here, Summer and Not Summer, the latter last 2 months.   ;)


Hey Thomas, glad to see your post.

The forums certainly have changed over the years.  This is a much quieter, and more tame,  place than it used to be. 

Hope all is well with you.

 ;D  I hope all is going well on your side too.

how long have I even been here? I know it was in the previous version of the forums and I know it was back in the early aughts, maybe the late 90s. It was a year or two after aidsmeds.com first became the place to be. When was that?

I think I miss the cabal most of all  :'(
(Not. LOL :D)

I think it was 2002-03 maybe..... ???

I miss doing mercenary work for the cabal.... ok, I'm joking.

I hope all is well with you.

Just wondering what long-time members are now "in the process of dying".   :(

I would imagine very few (if any)

One of the advantages of modern HIV meds, is that it has largely become a manageable, chronic condition which simply put means that for many people, they do not need to spend all their free time talking about it. For some, talking about it constantly is actually a negative thing for them.

So my guess is that a lot of folk are just getting on with their lives, and occasionally surfing the forums to see whats up without the need to directly contribute.

I'm still in that first year of hyper-vigilance and borderline obsessing behaviour regarding HIV so do visit a lot. I'm not certain that in 5 years time I will still be on here religiously reading threads about anal warts and the latest paranoia-of-the-day. Perhaps I will, but I rather hope I won't :)

I understand your point.  And, I guess you kind of validated my thoughts on the place at the same time.

It is what it is...
Living With HIV / Re: That Friday feeling
« Last post by Wade on Yesterday at 09:10:57 AM »
That is good news !
Haha ...second breakfast at the gym good for you !
You mean retire at 35 ?? I highly doubt it. However by chance find a nice place to retire at 35 that has medical care, clear out your spare room as I will be joining you.

But on a serious note I thought that Thailand (At least i was reading)  civil servants  retirement age is increasing to 65 and average age is 55+ ish is also increasing for retirement as well.

You are 35 man, go live and enjoy it. Plenty of time to retire when your older, and when you do retire one day you can enjoy time at the pool and socializing with other "older" people named "Jeff"   


Just found out that you can download the e-poster on the AIDS2016 conference website:
Living With HIV / Re: life after HIV
« Last post by Wade on Yesterday at 08:16:57 AM »
Hey Bob,
Don't worry you'll get some takers...lol
Happy to hear things are going well and you are planning for the long haul.
As a LTS I love to see posts like yours
There is life after HIV and a future as bright as you choose to make it.

Best, Wade
Hey Jim,
I have not ever been on Tegretol
but from what I've read I'm glad your done with it.

Living With HIV / Re: life after HIV
« Last post by bob_89q on Yesterday at 07:55:08 AM »
so does any one want some of this Atripla, hell I cant give the stuff away!!! lol
I don't post much about my own treatments (pop a pill, move on with life) but i was at the clinc today, the good news I dropped the Tegretol (carbamazepine) all together today :-) I was on a lower dose as it messed me up recently and now I am finally rid of that nasty stuff but effective stuff.  8) Party tonight !

However i am now getting "Pregabalin" instead (60 euro pm) not too sure about it but i will give it a try.  What does have me down is I am on 6 weekly CD4 / VL checks and that is not changing, i had truly  hope to move towards 4 monthly visits >:( (I had even quietly hoped for 6 months) that said  I should not complain, free AVR and 6 weekly checks its a world better than most people have access to.

Anyone tried Pregabalin before?

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