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Author Topic: New Documentary About HIV/AIDS in D.C.  (Read 1107 times)

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Offline tednlou2

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New Documentary About HIV/AIDS in D.C.
« on: April 30, 2010, 12:52:05 AM »
I was just reading about this documentary and can't wait to see it.  It is called "The Other City".  You can watch the trailer where it explains why people use dirty needles and profiles a beautiful, young guy who is obviously very ill--all this just in the trailer.  I believe they say he was taking meds, but they weren't working.  It was hard to understand what the woman said.

I've been wanting to see a newer documentary of life today with HIV/AIDS.  Hell, any film maker could profile members of this forum to get a good look at the virus today--from those who've been poz for years and all the issues that come with that from taking earlier meds, losing friends, and to the newly infected. 

http://www.thebody.com/content/art56448.html

Offline Hellraiser

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Re: New Documentary About HIV/AIDS in D.C.
« Reply #1 on: April 30, 2010, 01:07:32 AM »
I am so utterly frightened of turning into "Jimmy".  Essentially I was probably a few steps away from that when I got diagnosed.  I was getting to the point where walking took every ounce of my energy and I wasn't doing much other than sleeping and attempting to eat.  I'm curious if he had a very resistant strain to begin with or if there's some information we didn't get from that trailer.

Offline tednlou2

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Re: New Documentary About HIV/AIDS in D.C.
« Reply #2 on: April 30, 2010, 02:11:04 AM »
I am so utterly frightened of turning into "Jimmy".  Essentially I was probably a few steps away from that when I got diagnosed.  I was getting to the point where walking took every ounce of my energy and I wasn't doing much other than sleeping and attempting to eat.  I'm curious if he had a very resistant strain to begin with or if there's some information we didn't get from that trailer.

I was wondering the same thing about why his meds weren't working.  If he was totally adherent, then that is very worrisome.  Trey, your story is why I said I've been wanting to see a current documentary of what life is like with HIV/AIDS today.  You are young and have already had to deal with so much.  I think it would help people to see people like you, people like me who've had some issues but nothing compared to others, and those who've been living with it for many years on earlier meds and now HAART.  I hope this documentary provides that.  It is only showing in NYC right now, but I noticed the film makers said they expect it to either go to broadcast, DVD, or the theaters. 

By the way, if anyone knows of another good documentary that is availiable, please give the name of it.

Offline veritas

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Re: New Documentary About HIV/AIDS in D.C.
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2010, 05:49:31 AM »

tednlou2,

Here are some educational videos:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/sections/hiv-aids/videos.php

Here's one if you haven't already seen it:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/aids/

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Offline mecch

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Re: New Documentary About HIV/AIDS in D.C.
« Reply #4 on: April 30, 2010, 06:04:34 AM »
Remember that documentaries come with bias, and you might agree or not with the bias.  The editors put that boy in the trailer to shock the viewer.   We have to wait and see if the documentary explains his state of decline.  It might not be that kind of film. 
Also the music is melodramatic.  The lives and topic are sufficiently melo.  Working the viewer with music as well, as Michael Moore does, can be overkill.  (I love his films anyway.)

Looking forward to see itl
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Offline leatherman

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Re: New Documentary About HIV/AIDS in D.C.
« Reply #5 on: April 30, 2010, 10:22:06 AM »
I was wondering the same thing about why his meds weren't working.  If he was totally adherent, then that is very worrisome.
The trailer also didn't have time to tell you why the meds weren't working, how long he had been poz, whether he was actually adherent over 90%, what other meds had been tried, and what meds he was resistant to. Or whether those hospital shots were even from when he was first diagnosed. It's unbelievable rare these days to see someone in that condition who is adherent to their meds for any length of time, without there being another underlying health issue.
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Re: New Documentary About HIV/AIDS in D.C.
« Reply #6 on: April 30, 2010, 01:05:04 PM »
The line "It wasn't that he wasn't taking any medicine, it just stopped working." seems to be from his mother and maybe this is what she wants to believe or what she was (incorrectly) told but the truth of the matter is that HIV antiviral medications don't "just stop working" if a person is adherent and if there are no underlying resistances.

Even when there are underlying resistances, someone who is being monitored every 3-6 months would be able to catch these and address the issue before becoming deathly ill.

Recently a guy who did bareback porn (Chad Noel) died, he was 25. Whether he died of HIV-related causes is questionable (although it's being reported that way). In this day and age it's not that easy to just die of HIV/AIDS if a person has access to treatment. Of course, if he knew he had HIV and was not in treatment or if he did not realize he had it until it was too late, then yes, he could have died from any number of OIs associated with untreated HIV infection.

LINK:

http://www.edgeonthenet.com/?104123
« Last Edit: April 30, 2010, 06:42:53 PM by Inchlingblue »

 


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