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Author Topic: Improve your odds  (Read 1187 times)

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Offline wishihadacat

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Improve your odds
« on: October 13, 2007, 09:09:18 AM »
Okay, I admit it: I'm 56 years old and I now get copies of the f**king AARP Bulletin, but when I read the following piece it seemed to resonate with me, and its significance for anyone with HIV is obvious:

"Being lonely takes a toll on the body that seems to accelerate with age. University of Chicago researchers reported in August's Current Directions in Pschological Science that in their study of college students and of adults age 50 to 68 loneliness had little effect on the health of the younger subjects. But the older people, compared with their more social peers, had higher blood pressure, lower levels of "good" cholesterol, and higher levels of the "fight or flight" hormone epinephrine. The paper adds to growing evidence linking social isolation to problems dealing with stress, weak immunity(italics added) heart disease, Alzheimer's and suicide, says Sheldon Cohen, a psychologist at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh. "There are roughly 20 large-scale epidemiologic studies now", he says, "and they all show that the more socially integrated you are, the longer you live."

I'm not aware of any similar long-term studies for the HIV+ community, but you can bet your last stock dividend check that it applies with greater force to us HIVers. Yet one more reason to get out there!
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Offline komnaes

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Re: Improve your odds
« Reply #1 on: October 13, 2007, 09:23:13 AM »
A license to keep partying.. I can dig that! ;D
Aug 07 Diagnosed
Oct 07 CD4=446(19%) Feb 08 CD4=421(19%)
Jun 08 CD4=325(22%) Jul 08 CD4=301(18%)
Sep 08 CD4=257/VL=75,000 Oct 08 CD4=347(16%)
Dec 08 CD4=270(16%)
Jan 09 CD4=246(13%)/VL=10,000
Feb 09 CD4=233(15%)/VL=13,000
Started meds Sustiva/Epzicom
May 09 CD4=333(24%)/VL=650
Aug 09 CD4=346(24%)/VL=UD
Nov 09 CD4=437(26%)/VL=UD
Feb 10 CD4=471(31%)/VL=UD
June 10 CD4=517 (28%)/VL=UD
Sept 10 CD4=687 (31%)/VL=UD
Jan 11 CD4=557 (30%)/VL=UD
April 11 CD4=569 (32%)/VL=UD
Switched to Epizcom, Reyataz and Norvir
(Interrupted for 2 months with only Epizcom & Reyataz)
July 11 CD=520 (28%)/VL=UD
Oct 11 CD=771 (31%)/VL=UD(<30)
April 12 CD=609 (28%)/VL=UD(<20)
Aug 12 CD=657 (29%)/VL=UD(<20)
Dec 12 CD=532 (31%)/VL=UD(<20)
May 13 CD=567 (31%)/VL=UD(<20)
Jan 14 CD=521 (21%)/VL=UD(<50)

Offline wishihadacat

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Re: Improve your odds
« Reply #2 on: October 13, 2007, 09:40:47 AM »
That would definitely be one way of looking at it, Shaun.  ;D
« Last Edit: October 13, 2007, 09:48:42 AM by wishihadacat »
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Offline komnaes

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Re: Improve your odds
« Reply #3 on: October 13, 2007, 09:56:08 AM »
But too bad I am not the partying type... ;)

I am starting a sunday bunch club though.. hopefully we will have up to 5-6 people to start with.

But I am not sure if "loneliness" has to only mean "lack of social interactions and activities". It's important to have friends but I wonder if loneliness is more of a state of mind. People can still feel lonely when we're surrounded by friends, whereas some people can handle being alone and still feel self-sufficient.
Aug 07 Diagnosed
Oct 07 CD4=446(19%) Feb 08 CD4=421(19%)
Jun 08 CD4=325(22%) Jul 08 CD4=301(18%)
Sep 08 CD4=257/VL=75,000 Oct 08 CD4=347(16%)
Dec 08 CD4=270(16%)
Jan 09 CD4=246(13%)/VL=10,000
Feb 09 CD4=233(15%)/VL=13,000
Started meds Sustiva/Epzicom
May 09 CD4=333(24%)/VL=650
Aug 09 CD4=346(24%)/VL=UD
Nov 09 CD4=437(26%)/VL=UD
Feb 10 CD4=471(31%)/VL=UD
June 10 CD4=517 (28%)/VL=UD
Sept 10 CD4=687 (31%)/VL=UD
Jan 11 CD4=557 (30%)/VL=UD
April 11 CD4=569 (32%)/VL=UD
Switched to Epizcom, Reyataz and Norvir
(Interrupted for 2 months with only Epizcom & Reyataz)
July 11 CD=520 (28%)/VL=UD
Oct 11 CD=771 (31%)/VL=UD(<30)
April 12 CD=609 (28%)/VL=UD(<20)
Aug 12 CD=657 (29%)/VL=UD(<20)
Dec 12 CD=532 (31%)/VL=UD(<20)
May 13 CD=567 (31%)/VL=UD(<20)
Jan 14 CD=521 (21%)/VL=UD(<50)

Offline wishihadacat

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Re: Improve your odds
« Reply #4 on: October 13, 2007, 10:24:40 AM »
That's a different issue, although a related one. Although I've opened up more about it in the last couple of years, I still reveal the fact that I'm HIV+ to  only a few close friends, and as a consequence, I can sometimes feel very apart in a roomful of people. We clearly pay a very high price for this...
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