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Author Topic: HIV and flue outbreak  (Read 2834 times)

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Offline vasky

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HIV and flue outbreak
« on: April 24, 2009, 06:36:17 AM »
Hi,
My BF is + and in our town they just announced that there is a flu outbreak. I am panicking!!! Any ideas of what kind of measures we should take to avoid exposure.
THANKS

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Re: HIV and flue outbreak
« Reply #1 on: April 24, 2009, 07:44:09 AM »
Vasky, even people with hiv get flu. It's nothing to worry about as long as his numbers are half-way decent.

But of course, nobody wants to get the flu, whether or not they've got hiv. Regular hand-washing is your best line of defence, along with not rubbing your eyes or sticking your fingers into your mouth. This is how most flu is spread - by getting some of the flu germs on your hands then transfering them to your body - usually by touching your face.

If it's available in your area, I strongly recommend he gets a flu vaccination. I do every year and so do many other positive people. It needs to be the shot, not the nasal spray one. We're not supposed to take that one. The shots are fine, though.

Don't panic, just both of you keep washing your hands regularly, especially when you've been out in public. When there's a bad outbreak where I live, I carry a small bottle of hand sanitizer with me and use it fairly often. You don't need water, you just squirt some on and rub it in. Great stuff, and it's available in most places where you can buy over-the-counter remedies.

Good luck staying flu-free,

Ann
« Last Edit: April 24, 2009, 07:45:49 AM by Ann »
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Offline vasky

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Re: HIV and flue outbreak
« Reply #2 on: April 24, 2009, 08:33:31 AM »
Thank you very much for the advise. I will talk with him about the shot.

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Re: HIV and flue outbreak
« Reply #3 on: April 24, 2009, 09:22:12 AM »
Vasky, you're very much welcome. Please don't forget about the hand washing and try to find some hand sanitizer. That really is your best defence against the flu.

Ann
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"...health will finally be seen not as a blessing to be wished for, but as a human right to be fought for." Kofi Annan

Nymphomaniac: a woman as obsessed with sex as an average man. Mignon McLaughlin

HIV is certainly character-building. It's made me see all of the shallow things we cling to, like ego and vanity. Of course, I'd rather have a few more T-cells and a little less character. Randy Shilts

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Re: HIV and flue outbreak
« Reply #4 on: April 25, 2009, 03:51:14 AM »
Vasky,

Also see this : ( And, as Ann suggested, tell your boyfriend to keep his hands washed ! )

I had the flu shot back in ( I think October) but still managed to get the flu ( at least mildly back in January ) It was still rough though.



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Offline vasky

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Re: HIV and flue outbreak
« Reply #5 on: April 25, 2009, 06:36:48 AM »

Thanks so much, precisely we live in Mexico City and i work in a school. so yesterday we stayed home most of the day and avoided crowds. and truthfully for Mexican authorities to cancel schools and do all the fuss they did on Thursday night it usually means things are a lot worse than they are letting us know.
have a good day,

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Re: HIV and flue outbreak
« Reply #6 on: April 25, 2009, 07:51:55 AM »
The US CDC has a fact sheet on ways to try to avoid getting regular flu.  In addition to avoiding crowds and good hand washing they also suggest:
- Try not to touch your face and eyes with your hands (unless you have washed them )
- Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food

http://www.cdc.gov/flu/protect/habits.htm
5/06 VL 1M+, CD4 22, 5% , pneumonia, thrush -- O2 support 2 months, 6/06 +Kaletra/Truvada
9/06 VL 3959 CD4 297 13.5% 12/06 VL <400 CD4 350 15.2% +Pravachol
2007 VL<400, 70, 50 CD4 408-729 16.0% -19.7%
2008 VL UD CD4 468 - 538 16.7% - 24.6% Osteoporosis 11/08 doubled Pravachol, +Calcium/D
02/09 VL 100 CD4 616 23.7% 03/09 VL 130 5/09 VL 100 CD4 540 28.4% +Actonel (osteoporosis) 7/09 VL 130
8/09  new regimen Isentress/Epzicom 9/09 VL UD CD4 621 32.7% 11/09 VL UD CD4 607 26.4% swap Isentress for Prezista/Norvir 12/09 (liver and muscle issues) VL 50
2010 VL UD CD4 573-680 26.1% - 30.9% 12/10 VL 20
2011 VL UD-20 CD4 568-673 24.7%-30.6%
2012 VL UD swap Prezista/Norvir for Reyataz drop statin CD4 768-828 26.7%-30.7%

 


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