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Author Topic: Tanning Beds and being HIV+  (Read 7698 times)

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Offline Hoover

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Re: Tanning Beds and being HIV+
« Reply #50 on: January 23, 2012, 08:30:16 AM »
Growing up in south Texas in the 70s we spent the weekends at the beach and knew nothing about sun screen.
Now when I go to the dermatologist, they burn off MANY precancerous spots.
The first 8 or 9 spots do not hurt, but once they go past 30 it really starts to sting! Damn my skin of a redhead..... >:(
Now I live in the tropics and am happy to be death white.

Hoover
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Offline buginme2

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Re: Tanning Beds and being HIV+
« Reply #51 on: January 23, 2012, 11:33:57 AM »
I go to the dermatologist every year.   They do a complete exam, check all the nooks and crannies.  They also note every little spot or mole and chart it.  Then they compare them to your previous years exam to see if they change.  I had a suspicious mole removed from my back a few years ago.  They removed so much skin and so deep it needed stitches. 

Everyone should go to a dermatologist every year.

Offline denb45

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Re: Tanning Beds and being HIV+
« Reply #52 on: January 23, 2012, 11:44:06 AM »
I've got a black mole on my Left-thigh in the back, I've had this for yrs. and my hubby Bob says it's the same size it was when he 1st met me, but to be safe, I should probably have it looked at.........any thoughts suggestions?
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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Tanning Beds and being HIV+
« Reply #53 on: January 23, 2012, 01:53:58 PM »
I've not been to a dermatologist in about a decade.
"Iíve slept with enough men to know that Iím not gay"

Offline buginme2

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Re: Tanning Beds and being HIV+
« Reply #54 on: January 23, 2012, 02:12:11 PM »
I've got a black mole on my Left-thigh in the back, I've had this for yrs. and my hubby Bob says it's the same size it was when he 1st met me, but to be safe, I should probably have it looked at.........any thoughts suggestions?

This is a good guide to follow, taken from Mayo Clinic

Unusual moles that may indicate melanoma
Characteristics of unusual moles that may indicate melanomas or other skin cancers follow the A-B-C-D-E guide developed by the American Academy of Dermatology:

A is for asymmetrical shape. Look for moles with irregular shapes, such as two very different-looking halves.
B is for irregular border. Look for moles with irregular, notched or scalloped borders ó characteristics of melanomas.
C is for changes in color. Look for growths that have many colors or an uneven distribution of color.
D is for diameter. Look for new growth in a mole larger than about 1/4 inch (6 millimeters).
E is for evolving. Look for changes over time, such as a mole that grows in size or that changes color or shape. Moles may also evolve to develop new signs and symptoms, such as new itchiness or bleeding.

Offline WillyWump

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Re: Tanning Beds and being HIV+
« Reply #55 on: January 23, 2012, 06:35:19 PM »
http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=4890716n     

lord, I wasnt ready for that. terribly sad :-\

I have a couple spots I need to get looked at, Ill stop putting it off.

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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Tanning Beds and being HIV+
« Reply #56 on: January 23, 2012, 07:58:03 PM »


No tanning beds for me!!  The first signs of trouble for me were in the early 80's. Had plenty of basil cells, and squamous cells removed through the years. Fortunately, haven't had anything appear in the last two years or so. I had one squamous cell removed, that required 18 stitches.

I had to use sunscreen last weekend, when we went out.

I've been to a dermatologist more often than I've been to an HIV specialist.



Ray
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http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=40802.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=45159.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39722.msg495621;topicseen#msg495621

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Offline spacebarsux

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Re: Tanning Beds and being HIV+
« Reply #57 on: January 23, 2012, 11:59:34 PM »
I go to the dermatologist every year.   They do a complete exam, check all the nooks and crannies.  They also note every little spot or mole and chart it.  Then they compare them to your previous years exam to see if they change.  I had a suspicious mole removed from my back a few years ago.  They removed so much skin and so deep it needed stitches. 

Everyone should go to a dermatologist every year.


Bug, is your yearly visit to the dermatologist because of HIV or just a general thing ?
Infected-  2005 or early 2006; Diagnosed- Jan 28th, 2011; Feb '11- CD4 754 @34%, VL- 39K; July '11- CD4 907@26%,  VL-81K; Feb '12- CD4 713 @31%, VL- 41K, Nov '12- CD4- 827@31%

Offline buginme2

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Re: Tanning Beds and being HIV+
« Reply #58 on: January 24, 2012, 12:14:22 AM »

Bug, is your yearly visit to the dermatologist because of HIV or just a general thing ?

General thing, I grew up in southern California and am very fair skinned.  I have some sun damage.  Too many days at the beach  ;D

Offline wolfter

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Re: Tanning Beds and being HIV+
« Reply #59 on: January 24, 2012, 08:08:26 AM »
By the time I was correctly diagnosed with crypto, I had lessions so severe that the SSD doctor immediately made me put on surgical gloves when I was sent there for an evaluation.  My hands were a bloody mess that left permanent scaring.

Not sure if those who met me in Seattle noticed and were just polite, but their presence bothers me.  So call it extreme vanity, but when I maintain a decent tan, the scars are less noticeable.

I've never been to a dermatologist and hopefully never will need to.  I just don't understand the attitudes of some concerning tanning, when I've read comments about their destructive lifestyles with illicit drug use.  I'm pretty sure which one causes the worst harm to our bodies.

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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Tanning Beds and being HIV+
« Reply #60 on: January 24, 2012, 09:14:53 AM »

I've never been to a dermatologist and hopefully never will need to.  I just don't understand the attitudes of some concerning tanning, when I've read comments about their destructive lifestyles with illicit drug use.  I'm pretty sure which one causes the worst harm to our bodies.

Wolfie

Well Wolfmaster, I suppose that depends on your little hallowed sense of judgement now doesn't it? Getting a tan on means daily, or somewhat daily, commitment. As far as drug use goes, it depends on if it's recreational or the level of full-on addiction. As someone who does more than a mere sip of white zin on an almost daily level, are you really one to cast aspersions on those that find the casual monthly use of oh... say a hit of ecstasy, to be worse than daily tanning that leads to cancer or daily alcohol intake that stresses your liver when being on HAART involves this same body organ being in top working order? And it's a no-brainer that over exposure to the sun can cause skin cancer/melanoma.

Seriously girl, think harder next time. By the way, that's a sexy tank top you're sporting :)
« Last Edit: January 24, 2012, 09:17:44 AM by Miss Philicia »
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Offline wolfter

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Re: Tanning Beds and being HIV+
« Reply #61 on: January 24, 2012, 09:31:20 AM »
As someone who does more than a mere sip of white zin on an almost daily level
Seriously girl, think harder next time. By the way, that's a sexy tank top you're sporting :)

Maybe I need to change my persona a tad as I don't drink as often as I joke.  I would if I didn't understand the harm it can cause.  To date, I maintain great liver functions.  I did manage to overdo it this weekend though.  I added another alcoholic beverage to the list of "never agains".  Purple vodka.  It tasted like juice and some how my glass kept getting refilled.  So I'm good for a few weeks.

And what?  No comment about my sexy dog?   ;D  Thankfully, tank tops are still in style for sexy man wear here in Appalachia.

Wolfie
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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Tanning Beds and being HIV+
« Reply #62 on: January 24, 2012, 09:44:47 AM »
Maybe I need to change my persona a tad as I don't drink as often as I joke.  I would if I didn't understand the harm it can cause.  To date, I maintain great liver functions.  I did manage to overdo it this weekend though.  I added another alcoholic beverage to the list of "never agains".  Purple vodka.  It tasted like juice and some how my glass kept getting refilled.  So I'm good for a few weeks.

And what?  No comment about my sexy dog?   ;D  Thankfully, tank tops are still in style for sexy man wear here in Appalachia.

Wolfie

Well dearest Wolfmaster, it does warm my heart to know that your liver functions are in fine order. Mine are as well per my last lab report, but then I rarely drink alcohol these days. However, early on in my diagnosis I somehow earned the title of "Bar Slut" at The Lure, a well-known though now shuttered Manhattan leather establishment. When at a bar, I am partial to Ketel One and club soda, with a lemon not a lime.

I don't know what purple vodka is.
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Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: Tanning Beds and being HIV+
« Reply #63 on: January 24, 2012, 10:04:49 AM »
Had my annual physical today including skin assessment, EKG, tetanus shot, prostate exam and numerous vials of blood. I have developed a couple of little red spots called cherry angiomas, completely benign but yet another sign I'm getting older. :P

Offline denb45

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Re: Tanning Beds and being HIV+
« Reply #64 on: January 24, 2012, 12:50:41 PM »
This is a good guide to follow, taken from Mayo Clinic

Unusual moles that may indicate melanoma
Characteristics of unusual moles that may indicate melanomas or other skin cancers follow the A-B-C-D-E guide developed by the American Academy of Dermatology:


bug, thanks for the nice info, I will most certainly have that black mole looked at for evaluation  ;)
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Offline tednlou2

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Re: Tanning Beds and being HIV+
« Reply #65 on: January 25, 2012, 01:38:11 AM »
I've always heard something like 80% of sun damage that may lead to skin cancer happened prior to age 18.  So, I can tan all I want now, right?   8)
 
I found this interesting-- Men are more likely to get skin cancer and to die from it.  I always assumed I saw more men with skin cancer, because they (especially older generations) were more likely to work outdoors.  And, the ones who didn't do that were out playing golf in greater numbers than women.  But, when I think of sunbathing, I think of women.  And, the gays.  The Jersey Shore boys are gay, if I'm not mistaken.

That is a huge factor, I'm sure.  However, from the article:  "Dr. Greg Lesinski, with the James Cancer Hospital & Solove Research Institute says, "Male and female skin appear to have different levels of the antioxidant called catalase. And this serves to limit damage from the sun, from ultraviolet light, that can lead to skin cancer."  The researchers launched this battle of the sexes over skin cancer and noticed a profound difference.  Not only did female mice naturally have much more of the protective antioxidant in their skin, but when it was applied to males, their tumors actually improved."

http://www.abc2news.com/dpp/news/health/why-men-are-at-greater-risk-for-skin-cancer

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Tanning Beds and being HIV+
« Reply #66 on: January 25, 2012, 02:41:28 AM »
The Jersey Shore boys are gay, if I'm not mistaken.

... and that's based on what exactly?
"Iíve slept with enough men to know that Iím not gay"

Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: Tanning Beds and being HIV+
« Reply #67 on: January 25, 2012, 12:45:58 PM »
... and that's based on what exactly?

Ted did say that he was having a bit of difficulty in the gaydar department.

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=41625.msg516964#msg516964

Offline denb45

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Re: Tanning Beds and being HIV+
« Reply #68 on: January 25, 2012, 12:52:51 PM »
Ted did say that he was having a bit of difficulty in the gaydar department.

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=41625.msg516964#msg516964

it is my understand that  Guido (English pronunciation: /ˈɡwiːdoʊ/) is a slang term for a lower-class or working-class urban Italian-New Yorker.   are NOT GAY, @ least the ones I have met aren't  ::)
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