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Author Topic: Poz Cruise/retreat  (Read 5831 times)

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Offline BriGuyNY,NY

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Poz Cruise/retreat
« on: March 10, 2007, 01:54:25 PM »
Hi all...just curious if anyone is thinking of going on the poz cruise/retreat in October/November.   Seminars in addition to some interesting posts of call in the Caribbean.  more info @ www.gaytravelfl.com/hivretreat.htm
The strongest warrior, is the one who conquers himself....Aztec warrior

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Offline cmhjeff

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #1 on: March 10, 2007, 04:08:19 PM »
I wasn't but just the other day Jeffrey got an unexpected bonus at work and told me to find us a cruise so thanks for the website.

Offline dtwpuck

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #2 on: March 10, 2007, 05:42:17 PM »
wow, Jeff....  that's a pretty incredible bf you have!!!!
Floating through the void in the caress of two giant pink lobsters named Esmerelda and Keith.

Offline Longislander

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #3 on: March 10, 2007, 06:03:16 PM »
and they're both cute as ... puppies~ ;D
infected 10/05 diagnosed 12-05
2/06   379/57000                    6/07 372/30500 25%   4/09 640/U/32% 
5/06   ?? /37000                     8/07 491/55000/24%    9/09 913/U/39%
8/06   349/9500 25%              11/07 515/68000/24     2/10 845/U/38%
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Offline jkinatl2

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #4 on: March 11, 2007, 12:05:00 AM »
Yeah, assuming you want to watch sex tapes with puppies in them :)

"Many people, especially in the gay community, turn to oral sex as a safer alternative in the age of AIDS. And with HIV rates rising, people need to remember that oral sex is safer sex. It's a reasonable alternative."

-Kimberly Page-Shafer, PhD, MPH

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Offline SouthSam7

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #5 on: March 11, 2007, 06:08:48 AM »
I'm hoping to.  I wanted to go on the last one but it snuck up on me.

Offline Blixer

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2007, 10:37:10 PM »
Has anyone gone on the Poz Cruise before?  I love cruises!  I noticed the travel agency offers to "match" up travelers who are traveling alone.  Anyone had any experience with this?  It sounds like it would be a cool cruise.
David
Diagnosed 1/9/06
8/27/2007 CD4 598, 29%, VL 58 (72 wks)
11/19/2007 CD4 609, 30%, VL < 50 (84 wks)
2/11/2008 CD4 439, 27%, VL <50 (96 wks)
5/5/2008 CD4 535, 28%, VL <50 (108 wks)
10/20/2008 CD4 680, 28%, VL <50 (132 wks)
Changed to Atripla in 2012
1/14/2013 CD4 855, 35%, VL <40

Offline SouthSam7

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #7 on: March 11, 2007, 11:18:04 PM »
I've never gone on a poz cruise before, but I love cruises.  I would be going by myself, as well, so I would be wanting to have a roomate, too.  I think they will put you with someone (hopefully hiv+ as well).  Or you can request to be someone's roomate.
Sam

Offline cmhjeff

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #8 on: March 12, 2007, 09:43:05 AM »
wow, Jeff....  that's a pretty incredible bf you have!!!!
You don't need to tell me. I thank my lucky stars all the time. He's done so much for me since my PML diagnosis. Probably wouldn't be here today if it wasn't for him.

Offline cmhjeff

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #9 on: March 12, 2007, 02:59:44 PM »
I inquired and found out that Cruise lines are very used to people with mobility problems and that I could also request a wheel chair accessible cabin if I needed one. Also the ships have elevators so I don't need to worry so much about stairs. My last concern was a doctor and I was told they would be having an HIV doc sailing with the group.
I talked it over with Jeffrey and I think we are going to do it.  :)

Offline Blixer

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #10 on: March 12, 2007, 08:11:07 PM »
So how many hear are considering trying to do the cruise?
David
Diagnosed 1/9/06
8/27/2007 CD4 598, 29%, VL 58 (72 wks)
11/19/2007 CD4 609, 30%, VL < 50 (84 wks)
2/11/2008 CD4 439, 27%, VL <50 (96 wks)
5/5/2008 CD4 535, 28%, VL <50 (108 wks)
10/20/2008 CD4 680, 28%, VL <50 (132 wks)
Changed to Atripla in 2012
1/14/2013 CD4 855, 35%, VL <40

Offline jkinatl2

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #11 on: March 12, 2007, 09:42:36 PM »
:) I will check behind the cushions on the futon for the money. Should have a few grand in there :)

"Many people, especially in the gay community, turn to oral sex as a safer alternative in the age of AIDS. And with HIV rates rising, people need to remember that oral sex is safer sex. It's a reasonable alternative."

-Kimberly Page-Shafer, PhD, MPH

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Offline SouthSam7

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #12 on: March 12, 2007, 10:54:53 PM »
What's PML?

Sam

Offline jkinatl2

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #13 on: March 12, 2007, 10:59:07 PM »
PML - Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy -  characterized by widespread lesions due to infection by a human papovavirus. It occurs almost exclusively in immunosuppressed individuals, such as patients with AIDS, leukemia, or tumors or those undergoing organ transplants.
"Many people, especially in the gay community, turn to oral sex as a safer alternative in the age of AIDS. And with HIV rates rising, people need to remember that oral sex is safer sex. It's a reasonable alternative."

-Kimberly Page-Shafer, PhD, MPH

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Offline SouthSam7

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #14 on: March 12, 2007, 11:25:48 PM »
sorry I didn't know.  Damn I thought I was so smart, too.

Thanks!

Sammy

Offline cmhjeff

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #15 on: March 17, 2007, 09:31:08 AM »
sorry I didn't know.  Damn I thought I was so smart, too.

Thanks!

Sammy
No need to be sorry I never heard of it either until I was diagnosed. If you search for PML online don't believe everything you read as I found nothing good. In my case as well as others the disease can be slowed down greatly by increasing CD4 and substaing an undetectable viral load.

Jeff

Offline Blixer

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #16 on: March 18, 2007, 11:16:37 PM »
So are any of you from the boards considering this poz cruise deal?
David
Diagnosed 1/9/06
8/27/2007 CD4 598, 29%, VL 58 (72 wks)
11/19/2007 CD4 609, 30%, VL < 50 (84 wks)
2/11/2008 CD4 439, 27%, VL <50 (96 wks)
5/5/2008 CD4 535, 28%, VL <50 (108 wks)
10/20/2008 CD4 680, 28%, VL <50 (132 wks)
Changed to Atripla in 2012
1/14/2013 CD4 855, 35%, VL <40

Offline guynphx

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #17 on: March 19, 2007, 12:00:00 AM »
I considered it last year and due to relocating to Arizona and a new job I of course wasn't able to go. I have the time scheduled off for this years cruise but haven't really looked much into it besides of when it is scheduled for. I hear the group size is approximately 100 hiv + people.

Offline Blixer

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #18 on: March 19, 2007, 12:44:50 AM »
Thanks for the insight guynphx.  I wondered how many people in the group usually.  And what kind of a mix it was. 
David
Diagnosed 1/9/06
8/27/2007 CD4 598, 29%, VL 58 (72 wks)
11/19/2007 CD4 609, 30%, VL < 50 (84 wks)
2/11/2008 CD4 439, 27%, VL <50 (96 wks)
5/5/2008 CD4 535, 28%, VL <50 (108 wks)
10/20/2008 CD4 680, 28%, VL <50 (132 wks)
Changed to Atripla in 2012
1/14/2013 CD4 855, 35%, VL <40

Offline SouthSam7

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #19 on: March 19, 2007, 06:08:14 AM »
I am definately going on the cruise.

I wonder if the HPV vaccine would help prevent PML if somone hasn't been exposed to hpv yet?

Sam

Offline cmhjeff

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #20 on: March 19, 2007, 09:34:00 AM »
I wonder if the HPV vaccine would help prevent PML if somone hasn't been exposed to hpv yet?

Sam
I'm by no means a doctor but I don't think the HPV vaccine has any effect on the JC virus. If it did I'd think my doctor would have recommended it for my partner.
PML is caused by  the JC virus.  The virus is a polyomavirus, a family of viruses that also includes human papillomavirus (HPV).More than 70% of all adults in the United States are infected with the JC virus, usually during early childhood. However, the virus only becomes active in people who have compromised immune systems. It usually occurs in people with very low T-cell counts (less than 100)
Jeff


Offline budndallastx

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #21 on: March 19, 2007, 01:10:07 PM »
I need a vacation where there are no computers or phones so the cruise is sounding good to me.  I have about a 75% chance of going at this point.  Just need to figure out my schedule during that time span.
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12/08/2008 VL:<48 CD4 622 (38%)   
9/8/2008 VL:<48 CD4 573 (30%)
5/2008 VL:<48 CD4 464 (30%)
1/2008  VL: <50  CD4 425(28%)
9/2007   VL: <50  CD4 465 (27%)
6/2007   VL: <50   CD4 443 (26%)
3/2007  VL: <50   CD4 385 (25%)
12/2006 - VL: <50   CD4: 384 (25%)
11/2006 - VL:  22K  CD4: 208 (18%)

Offline cmhjeff

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #22 on: March 19, 2007, 02:57:13 PM »
  :) ;D :)
Jeffrey and I are definitely going we've already turned in our applications. Passports aren't required but we are getting them anyways because we'll need them sooner or later to go to Casino Windsor and we go there several times a year.
 :) ;D :)

Offline Blixer

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #23 on: March 19, 2007, 07:09:04 PM »
I've got the application printed out...   So those of you going, are you planning on staying at the Pre-cruise hotel--the Kent?
David
Diagnosed 1/9/06
8/27/2007 CD4 598, 29%, VL 58 (72 wks)
11/19/2007 CD4 609, 30%, VL < 50 (84 wks)
2/11/2008 CD4 439, 27%, VL <50 (96 wks)
5/5/2008 CD4 535, 28%, VL <50 (108 wks)
10/20/2008 CD4 680, 28%, VL <50 (132 wks)
Changed to Atripla in 2012
1/14/2013 CD4 855, 35%, VL <40

Offline budndallastx

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #24 on: March 22, 2007, 06:14:48 AM »
bump
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Sustiva / Truvada
12/08/2008 VL:<48 CD4 622 (38%)   
9/8/2008 VL:<48 CD4 573 (30%)
5/2008 VL:<48 CD4 464 (30%)
1/2008  VL: <50  CD4 425(28%)
9/2007   VL: <50  CD4 465 (27%)
6/2007   VL: <50   CD4 443 (26%)
3/2007  VL: <50   CD4 385 (25%)
12/2006 - VL: <50   CD4: 384 (25%)
11/2006 - VL:  22K  CD4: 208 (18%)

Offline BriGuyNY,NY

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #25 on: March 24, 2007, 12:25:53 PM »
Hi all...just back from vacation.  I'm planning to go on the cruise...there is a group of us SIN members in NY that are planning to go as a group.  There is a discount for 15 or more persons going as a group, not sure of the amount.  So, might be an incentive.
The strongest warrior, is the one who conquers himself....Aztec warrior

Dripping water hollows out a stone...Ovid

Offline cmhjeff

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #26 on: March 24, 2007, 08:57:04 PM »
The next 7 months are going to take forever! We've got our balcony room reserved.  :)

Offline cmhjeff

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #27 on: April 03, 2007, 10:03:19 AM »
6 months 24 days and counting.
Can you tell I'm excited.  :)

Jeff

Offline Blixer

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #28 on: April 03, 2007, 03:20:47 PM »
I've got the reservation form filled out, but haven't faxed it in...  not sure why I'm holding out...  definately looks interesting and fun.
David
Diagnosed 1/9/06
8/27/2007 CD4 598, 29%, VL 58 (72 wks)
11/19/2007 CD4 609, 30%, VL < 50 (84 wks)
2/11/2008 CD4 439, 27%, VL <50 (96 wks)
5/5/2008 CD4 535, 28%, VL <50 (108 wks)
10/20/2008 CD4 680, 28%, VL <50 (132 wks)
Changed to Atripla in 2012
1/14/2013 CD4 855, 35%, VL <40

Offline budndallastx

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #29 on: April 03, 2007, 04:28:07 PM »
Fax it in .. I have
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Sustiva / Truvada
12/08/2008 VL:<48 CD4 622 (38%)   
9/8/2008 VL:<48 CD4 573 (30%)
5/2008 VL:<48 CD4 464 (30%)
1/2008  VL: <50  CD4 425(28%)
9/2007   VL: <50  CD4 465 (27%)
6/2007   VL: <50   CD4 443 (26%)
3/2007  VL: <50   CD4 385 (25%)
12/2006 - VL: <50   CD4: 384 (25%)
11/2006 - VL:  22K  CD4: 208 (18%)

Offline BriGuyNY,NY

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #30 on: April 03, 2007, 07:15:02 PM »
Hi guys...good to see there will be some of you joining in   The SIN group will be meeting next thursday for a planning meeting for the cruise.  will keep you posted on the details...remember, a group of 15 or more will promote a discount on the rates.
The strongest warrior, is the one who conquers himself....Aztec warrior

Dripping water hollows out a stone...Ovid

Offline Blixer

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #31 on: April 03, 2007, 07:52:14 PM »
Not sure what my hesitation has been.   Maybe just too much other stuff going on.  I get a few days off next week so maybe I can get to it then.
David
Diagnosed 1/9/06
8/27/2007 CD4 598, 29%, VL 58 (72 wks)
11/19/2007 CD4 609, 30%, VL < 50 (84 wks)
2/11/2008 CD4 439, 27%, VL <50 (96 wks)
5/5/2008 CD4 535, 28%, VL <50 (108 wks)
10/20/2008 CD4 680, 28%, VL <50 (132 wks)
Changed to Atripla in 2012
1/14/2013 CD4 855, 35%, VL <40

Offline GoodMatchHawaiiRetreat

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #32 on: April 06, 2007, 10:38:26 PM »
Curious to know how many guys might be interested in a retreat for dating, exploring local sites, healthy tropical food, adventures in Hawaii.   We will very likely have funding available to assist guys who need it.  Thoughtrs, comments and suggestions welcome and encouraged!

Offline budndallastx

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #33 on: May 04, 2007, 12:17:19 PM »
Apparently this cruise is getting popular and the travel agent is indicating the cabins are going fast.  It's a halloween cruise so it's going to be a full boat !!  Hope some of your are going !!
Meds since: 11/20/2006
Sustiva / Truvada
12/08/2008 VL:<48 CD4 622 (38%)   
9/8/2008 VL:<48 CD4 573 (30%)
5/2008 VL:<48 CD4 464 (30%)
1/2008  VL: <50  CD4 425(28%)
9/2007   VL: <50  CD4 465 (27%)
6/2007   VL: <50   CD4 443 (26%)
3/2007  VL: <50   CD4 385 (25%)
12/2006 - VL: <50   CD4: 384 (25%)
11/2006 - VL:  22K  CD4: 208 (18%)

Offline BriGuyNY,NY

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #34 on: May 04, 2007, 06:15:25 PM »
Hi all.  I reserved my balcony room last week...as said, space is filling fast.  Paul, the organizer, can only hold a block of rooms until the end of May, per the last email I received from him.  At present, over 100 are registered.  So, do it fast, or miss the boat!
The strongest warrior, is the one who conquers himself....Aztec warrior

Dripping water hollows out a stone...Ovid

Offline cmhjeff

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #35 on: May 18, 2007, 12:28:17 PM »
The cruise is filling up fast. Found out yesterday for the POZ group there are 140 people booked! (45 straights, 95 gay)
Act fast if you're still considering it.

Offline cmhjeff

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #36 on: June 05, 2007, 03:12:18 PM »
4 Months 22 Days and counting.  :)  We will probably fly into Ft Lauderdale and then catch a taxi to Miami where we have a room at the Kent reserved for the night before embarkation.  :)

Offline budndallastx

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #37 on: June 10, 2007, 10:13:35 AM »
Doing the same thing .. getting in Saturday afternoon into Miami International.  I understand there are now 150+ people on the cruise so that should be a good time.
Meds since: 11/20/2006
Sustiva / Truvada
12/08/2008 VL:<48 CD4 622 (38%)   
9/8/2008 VL:<48 CD4 573 (30%)
5/2008 VL:<48 CD4 464 (30%)
1/2008  VL: <50  CD4 425(28%)
9/2007   VL: <50  CD4 465 (27%)
6/2007   VL: <50   CD4 443 (26%)
3/2007  VL: <50   CD4 385 (25%)
12/2006 - VL: <50   CD4: 384 (25%)
11/2006 - VL:  22K  CD4: 208 (18%)

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Re: Poz Cruise/retreat
« Reply #38 on: March 01, 2008, 05:32:47 PM »

Seems like a wonderful  cruise.

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