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Offline david25luvit

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Has Anybody been Contacted by HIVConnect.com
« on: April 17, 2007, 06:14:54 AM »
Recently I received an invitation to join a new website/ forum at HIVConnect.com
Does anybody know anything about this site?
In Memory of
Raymond David McRae III
Nov. 25, 1972- Oct. 15, 2004
I miss him terribly..........

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: Has Anybody been Contacted by HIVConnect.com
« Reply #1 on: April 17, 2007, 06:20:38 AM »
Davey,

I posted about it last week. You can read my post and the replies here.

MtD
(Who noticed Davey's shining countenance in the HIVConnect members list) ;)

Offline david25luvit

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Re: Has Anybody been Contacted by HIVConnect.com
« Reply #2 on: April 17, 2007, 06:59:56 AM »
Yeah Mattie....Like you I did complete the registration process and even post a photo....(I must've just taken my pain med
when I did this) and am finding it impossible to get back onto the site to remove my photo...or anything else.  I got an email
from somebody this morning responding to my request for assistance but my user name and password they provided still don't
help.  Hence the reason I posted this question....  Bucko's response to your thread makes me wish I had waited a little longer
to register.  Oh well....Not the first time I've done something stupid.

From a person who took his foot out of his mouth to kick himself
in the keister ::)
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Nov. 25, 1972- Oct. 15, 2004
I miss him terribly..........

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: Has Anybody been Contacted by HIVConnect.com
« Reply #3 on: April 17, 2007, 07:18:17 AM »
I wouldn't fret too much Davey. I presume these people got my email address from the about.com pages I subscribe to. I completed my registration for shits and giggles.

I don't think HIVConnect is a denialist operation per se, but they certainly have links to denialist information and several of their other members espouse denialist attitudes. Like Philly said in my thread, they're a manhunt.com operation for AIDS victims and there's obviously a commercial aspect to the outfit. Their commitment to HIV/AIDS treatments and health issues is a secondary consideration.

That said, I would certainly not recommend HIVConnect to anyone.

MtD

Offline david25luvit

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Re: Has Anybody been Contacted by HIVConnect.com
« Reply #4 on: April 18, 2007, 09:17:14 AM »
You're right Matty....just got back on the site and it looks like a hook up site.  I don't know why but I thought it was
like AIDSMEDS ....my bad!   Thanks for the reassurance. 
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Nov. 25, 1972- Oct. 15, 2004
I miss him terribly..........

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Re: Has Anybody been Contacted by HIVConnect.com
« Reply #5 on: May 16, 2007, 01:13:52 PM »
I just received this in my email:

Subject: greetings
Sent: May 16, 2007 12:28 PM (FLID:)

Hi there, Just dropping by to let you know about a new site free (nonprofit) www.HIVconnect.NET. It seems to have potential. Later, Dale


I reported it to personals@poz.com. I suggest you do to if you receive spam like this.

Milker.
mid-dec: stupid ass
mid-jan: seroconversion
mid-feb: poz
mar 07: cd4 432 (35%) vl 54000
may 07: cd4 399 (28%) vl 27760
jul 07: cd4 403 (26%) vl 99241
oct 07: cd4 353 (24%) vl 29993
jan 08: cd4 332 (26%) vl 33308
mar 08: cd4 392 (23%) vl 75548
jun 08: cd4 325 (27%) vl 45880
oct 08: cd4 197 (20%) vl 154000 <== aids diagnosis
nov 2 08 start Atripla
nov 30 08: cd4 478 (23%) vl 1880 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
feb 19 09: cd4 398 (24%) vl 430 getting there!
apr 23 09: cd4 604 (29%) vl 50 woohoo :D :D
jul 30 09: cd4 512 (29%) vl undetectable :D :D
may 27 10: cd4 655 (32%) vl undetectable :D :D

Now accepting applications from blowjob ninjasô

Offline DanielMark

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Re: Has Anybody been Contacted by HIVConnect.com
« Reply #6 on: May 16, 2007, 04:24:46 PM »
Thanks for the caution guys. Looking at the photos on their home page their members look a tad too elated (or maybe stoned) to be believed anyway. Maybe itís because theyíre all living  on a beach somewhere?

Daniel
MEDS: REYATAZ & KIVEXA (SINCE AUG 2008)

MAY 2000 LAB RESULTS: CD4 678
VL STILL UNDETECTABLE

DIAGNOSED IN 1988

Offline englishgirl

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Re: Has Anybody been Contacted by HIVConnect.com
« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2007, 05:02:37 PM »
hey if theyre giving away free beach holidays & happy pills maybe we should check it out  ;D

i got a PM a while ago & just deleted it straight off. cant say that i think it is correct behaviour to try and hijack this site to get their own publicised...
ACT NOW TO CAMPAIGN AGAINST THE TRAVEL BAN:
http://campaigning.tht.org.uk/cms/cmsloader?WfJVLp&view=11,301,1385,0,-html

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=17352.0


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Offline Peter Staley

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Re: Has Anybody been Contacted by HIVConnect.com
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2007, 05:29:18 PM »
I just received this in my email:

Subject: greetings
Sent: May 16, 2007 12:28 PM (FLID:)

Hi there, Just dropping by to let you know about a new site free (nonprofit) www.HIVconnect.NET. It seems to have potential. Later, Dale


I reported it to personals@poz.com. I suggest you do to if you receive spam like this.

Milker.

Milker -- I know the founder of HIVconnect.  Did you get this message as a PM in POZ Personals?  If so, that's really f**cked up, and I'd like to contact the founder to complain.

Peter

Offline milker

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Re: Has Anybody been Contacted by HIVConnect.com
« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2007, 07:08:02 PM »
Milker -- I know the founder of HIVconnect.  Did you get this message as a PM in POZ Personals?  If so, that's really f**cked up, and I'd like to contact the founder to complain.

Peter
Yup, I received it through POZ personals, and I thought getting a message was kinda strange since my profile has nothing on it. You can PM me an email address where I can forward it to you. As I said I already forwarded it to personals@poz.com.

Milker.
mid-dec: stupid ass
mid-jan: seroconversion
mid-feb: poz
mar 07: cd4 432 (35%) vl 54000
may 07: cd4 399 (28%) vl 27760
jul 07: cd4 403 (26%) vl 99241
oct 07: cd4 353 (24%) vl 29993
jan 08: cd4 332 (26%) vl 33308
mar 08: cd4 392 (23%) vl 75548
jun 08: cd4 325 (27%) vl 45880
oct 08: cd4 197 (20%) vl 154000 <== aids diagnosis
nov 2 08 start Atripla
nov 30 08: cd4 478 (23%) vl 1880 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
feb 19 09: cd4 398 (24%) vl 430 getting there!
apr 23 09: cd4 604 (29%) vl 50 woohoo :D :D
jul 30 09: cd4 512 (29%) vl undetectable :D :D
may 27 10: cd4 655 (32%) vl undetectable :D :D

Now accepting applications from blowjob ninjasô

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Has Anybody been Contacted by HIVConnect.com
« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2007, 07:32:48 PM »
That sounds really comforting in terms of privacy and security!
"Iíve slept with enough men to know that Iím not gay"

Offline Peter Staley

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Re: Has Anybody been Contacted by HIVConnect.com
« Reply #11 on: May 17, 2007, 09:29:40 AM »
That sounds really comforting in terms of privacy and security!

Philly -- it's not a security breach, just someone spamming the Personals.  In the forums, we've made it harder for spammers because we don't allow folks to use the PM system until they've posted a few messages in the forums.  This seems to be a remarkably effective hurdle for the spammers.  Unfortunately, there's no similar means of erecting a hurdle in Personals.  However, spammers are banned from the personals as soon as they are identified.

Peter

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Has Anybody been Contacted by HIVConnect.com
« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2007, 10:12:45 AM »
Philly -- it's not a security breach, just someone spamming the Personals.  In the forums, we've made it harder for spammers because we don't allow folks to use the PM system until they've posted a few messages in the forums.  This seems to be a remarkably effective hurdle for the spammers.  Unfortunately, there's no similar means of erecting a hurdle in Personals.  However, spammers are banned from the personals as soon as they are identified.

Peter

Milker said he received his communication through Poz Personals via an email, unsolicited - not a PM.  While I don't use Poz Personals myself, I would think that if one did not openly disclose one's email on one's profile and if this did indeed happen, then yes there is an issue of security SOMEWHERE in Poz's database.  I would assume that the personals area is completely separate from the forums however... still, not particularly comforting to hear about.
"Iíve slept with enough men to know that Iím not gay"

Offline Peter Staley

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Re: Has Anybody been Contacted by HIVConnect.com
« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2007, 10:19:54 AM »
Milker said he received his communication through Poz Personals via an email, unsolicited - not a PM.  While I don't use Poz Personals myself, I would think that if one did not openly disclose one's email on one's profile and if this did indeed happen, then yes there is an issue of security SOMEWHERE in Poz's database.  I would assume that the personals area is completely separate from the forums however... still, not particularly comforting to hear about.

If he did, then it's only because he set it up to have his PMs forwarded to his email address (much like you can do here in the forums).  Again, there's been NO security breach.   

Milker, feel free to chime in here to calm Philly down.

Peter

Offline milker

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Re: Has Anybody been Contacted by HIVConnect.com
« Reply #14 on: May 17, 2007, 11:12:41 AM »
Milker said he received his communication through Poz Personals via an email, unsolicited - not a PM.  While I don't use Poz Personals myself, I would think that if one did not openly disclose one's email on one's profile and if this did indeed happen, then yes there is an issue of security SOMEWHERE in Poz's database.  I would assume that the personals area is completely separate from the forums however... still, not particularly comforting to hear about.
Philly baby, it's okay, it's okay... I got an email saying that I had a new message in my poz account. That's like when you receive a message from aidsmeds saying that you received a new PM. That's absolutely normal, Barbara, now go take your antidepressants :D

Milker.
mid-dec: stupid ass
mid-jan: seroconversion
mid-feb: poz
mar 07: cd4 432 (35%) vl 54000
may 07: cd4 399 (28%) vl 27760
jul 07: cd4 403 (26%) vl 99241
oct 07: cd4 353 (24%) vl 29993
jan 08: cd4 332 (26%) vl 33308
mar 08: cd4 392 (23%) vl 75548
jun 08: cd4 325 (27%) vl 45880
oct 08: cd4 197 (20%) vl 154000 <== aids diagnosis
nov 2 08 start Atripla
nov 30 08: cd4 478 (23%) vl 1880 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
feb 19 09: cd4 398 (24%) vl 430 getting there!
apr 23 09: cd4 604 (29%) vl 50 woohoo :D :D
jul 30 09: cd4 512 (29%) vl undetectable :D :D
may 27 10: cd4 655 (32%) vl undetectable :D :D

Now accepting applications from blowjob ninjasô

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Has Anybody been Contacted by HIVConnect.com
« Reply #15 on: May 17, 2007, 11:37:00 AM »
Ah... so basically you stirred up a lot of paranoia on these fora for no reason.

ps:  Babs ain't on no anti-depressants a ce moment
"Iíve slept with enough men to know that Iím not gay"

Offline marc11864

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Re: Has Anybody been Contacted by HIVConnect.com
« Reply #16 on: May 17, 2007, 06:30:21 PM »
Just an FYI Peter, I just got the same message in my personals inbox today as well.
Let us cavort like the Greeks of old! You know the ones I mean.

Offline northernguy

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Re: Has Anybody been Contacted by HIVConnect.com
« Reply #17 on: May 17, 2007, 11:40:05 PM »
Just an FYI Peter, I just got the same message in my personals inbox today as well.

Sadly, its been a long time since anyone put anything in my box ;)
Apr 28/06 cd4 600 vl 10,600 cd% 25
Nov 8/09 cd4 510 vl 49,5000 cd% 16
Jan 16/10 cd4 660 vl 54,309 cd% 16
Feb 17/10 Started Atripla
Mar 7/10 cd4 710 vl 1,076 cd% 21
Apr 18/10 cd4 920 vl 268 cd% 28
Jun 19/10 cd4 450 vl 60 cd% 25
Aug 15/10 cd4 680 vl 205 cd% 27
Apr 3/11 cd4 780 vl <40 cd% 30
Jul 17/11 cd4 960 vl <40 cd%33
April 15/12 cd4 1,010 vl <40 cd% 39
April 20/12 Switched to Viramune + Truvada
Aug 2/12 cd4 1040, vl <40, cd% 38
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Offline scud44

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Re: Has Anybody been Contacted by HIVConnect.com
« Reply #18 on: May 18, 2007, 01:48:58 AM »
Is the HIVConnect site .com or .net?
CD4 = 110 - 30 July 2007 - 10%
VL = 139000 - 30 July 2007
CD4 = 252 - 6th August 2007
VL = 16400 - 23rd August 2007
CD4 = 240 - 23rd August 2007
VL = 400 4th Sept 2007
CD4 = 96 - 4th Sept 2007
CD4 = 120 18th Sept 2007
VL = 386000 19th Nov 2007
CD4 = 160 19th Nov 2007
CD4 = 110 10th Jan 2008
CD4 = 311 29th Jan 2008
VL = <50 29th Jan 2008
CD4 = 148 2nd April 2008
VL = 110,000 2nd April 2008
June 2010 and nothing has improved

Offline Peter Staley

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Re: Has Anybody been Contacted by HIVConnect.com
« Reply #19 on: May 18, 2007, 07:56:44 AM »
Just an FYI Peter, I just got the same message in my personals inbox today as well.

Marc -- was it from the same Personals account, with username "enuf4now"?

I've contacted the founder of the site, and he's looking into this, saying "I have a couple of fans that have been very aggressive with their efforts to help market the site."

Peter

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Re: Has Anybody been Contacted by HIVConnect.com
« Reply #20 on: May 18, 2007, 10:37:04 AM »
I've had a few back & forth emails with the founder of HIVConnect, and the promotional PMs in POZ Personals should stop now.  He said it was an overzealous "fan" of this site, who was encouraged to help advertise the new site.

Peter

Offline david25luvit

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Re: Has Anybody been Contacted by HIVConnect.com
« Reply #21 on: May 18, 2007, 11:43:54 AM »
I think I heard about them thru Poz personals too....just got another email informing me they've inhanced their profile page....
I don't know why initially I thought they were a support site but I did and even donated fifty bucks.  Ok I'm an idiot.... but
God knows I've done far worse.......I noticed last night there are only two people from Alabama registered...   

Peter....If its possible I'd like more information about these people.....haven't decided whether to yank my info or not?
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Re: Has Anybody been Contacted by HIVConnect.com
« Reply #22 on: May 18, 2007, 01:57:03 PM »
David -- I think they're fine.  I've met Stephan Adelson a couple of times when he was working at manhunt.net -- we were on a CDC panel together once regarding crystal meth and gay men.  Seems like a good guy to me, and this is his new not-for-profit venture.  It's definitely a competitor to POZ Personals, which is still doing a better job (and has FAR more people in it), IMHO.  But competitition is a GOOD thing, even in online HIV social networking (it's what keeps us on our toes here in the forums, and have made these the best there is -- again, IMHO).

Peter

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Re: Has Anybody been Contacted by HIVConnect.com
« Reply #23 on: May 18, 2007, 02:16:33 PM »
Am I missing something here?  The site that I found doesn't look at all like a Manhunt for Positives thing.  It looks much more like POZ Personals.  I also didn't see any links to denialist information, but I admit that I just barely glanced at the site. 

EDIT:  Instead of pecs and penis, I see pics that look like they come from pharma ads.   All those shiny, happy Hi-Pro Glow type people....
« Last Edit: May 18, 2007, 02:24:06 PM by thunter34 »
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« Reply #24 on: May 20, 2007, 05:35:56 PM »
Hi Peter,

Sorry it to so long to respond to your question as to whom it was. Yes, it was enuf4now. Thanks for checking into this.
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