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Author Topic: The Graying of AIDS  (Read 4680 times)

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Offline emeraldize

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The Graying of AIDS
« on: August 11, 2006, 08:32:31 AM »
This link was sent to me this morning. I wanted to share it with you. http://www.time.com/time/photoessays/2006/graying_of_aids/

Offline HIVworker

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Re: The Graying of AIDS
« Reply #1 on: August 11, 2006, 08:51:58 AM »
NB. Any advice about HIV is given in addition to your own medical advice and not intended to replace it. You should never make clinical decisions based on what anyone says on the internet but rather check with your ID doctor first. Discussions from the internet are just that - Discussions. They may give you food for thought, but they should not direct you to do anything but fuel discussion.

Offline ademas

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Re: The Graying of AIDS
« Reply #2 on: August 11, 2006, 08:53:32 AM »
Thanks for posting this.

Offline Dachshund

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Re: The Graying of AIDS
« Reply #3 on: August 11, 2006, 09:06:11 AM »
Thanks...I hope everyone watches.


Offline Moffie65

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Re: The Graying of AIDS
« Reply #4 on: August 11, 2006, 10:53:53 AM »
So, while this was downloading, I went and had breakfast.

Wow, welcome to my world.  Not only personally (I am 59), but on a community level also.  Our community has an unbalanced amount of retireds, similar to Florida, but in with that, there is also the technology sector, the military intelligence community and of course, the immigrant work force from 30 miles south.

So much to do, so little time!

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The Bible contains 6 admonishments to homosexuals,
and 362 to heterosexuals.
This doesn't mean that God doesn't love heterosexuals,
It's just that they need more supervision.
Lynn Lavne

Offline bear60

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Re: The Graying of AIDS
« Reply #5 on: August 11, 2006, 11:36:08 AM »
Its not pretty getting old and having HIV is it.  I turned 62 this year and I am not sure which I fear the most.  Getting old or the complications HIV brings.
And add to that being GAY and old and HIV positive. Yikes....its going to be a challenge.
Poz Bear Type in Philadelphia

Offline aztecan

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Re: The Graying of AIDS
« Reply #6 on: August 11, 2006, 11:36:20 AM »
Wow, that was a great glimpse into the lives of those of us at or about to hit the half century mark and beyond.

I know the focus is on young people most of the time, not that the current AIDS education in the schools here is anything to tout.

But I think this also brings to life the reality that many of us are getting older and are beginning to deal with not only the HIV-related problems, but the issues that arise with seniors and their health.

This is worth seeing for people of any age - and even for those with dial-up like me. (Warning, it takes a while to load for us dial-up cronies.


"May your life preach more loudly than your lips."
~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

Offline Life

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Re: The Graying of AIDS
« Reply #7 on: August 11, 2006, 02:09:32 PM »
"Humbling" is all I can say...  Powerful is a word I want to say..

Offline Eldon

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Re: The Graying of AIDS
« Reply #8 on: August 11, 2006, 04:29:23 PM »
Hi Emeraldize , it's Eldon. Now that was powerful and it is Kepping it Real.

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: The Graying of AIDS
« Reply #9 on: August 11, 2006, 08:36:18 PM »
Hello Emeraldize,

Thanks for posting this. It was very powerful indeed, and honest, and emotional. In a few more months I will hit the 55 year mark.

It's kind of funny. Sometimes, I can feel like I am in my twenty's again. And other times I feel like I am in my 70's.

I look in the mirror and see what, 21 years of HIV has done to me ...

The Best-----------Ray
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Diagnosed positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of 9/16/16,  t-cells are at 501,   Viral load remains <40

Current % is at 12%

 65 years young.

Offline RONNIE

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Re: The Graying of AIDS
« Reply #10 on: August 11, 2006, 09:55:13 PM »

Thanx for sharing that. I especially liked what the first lady was sharing, how ppl arent informed. "Dont eat her cookies, you'll get AIDS." OMG!
I'm hoping part of my reason for being here will be to help educate people. Baby steps right now, thanx for all the info that is shared here.

Offline Biggums

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Re: The Graying of AIDS
« Reply #11 on: August 11, 2006, 10:19:54 PM »
Great post.  I was deeply touched by the pics and stories of these courageous people and also felt hope from their lives.  Thanks again for posting this.
44 year old gay man .......just broke up with the only man I've ever really loved.

You can love completely without complete understanding.

Offline aztecan

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Re: The Graying of AIDS
« Reply #12 on: August 12, 2006, 12:08:29 AM »
I think Ray hit the nail on the head. I don't feel my age, sometimes.

But other times, I feel ancient. It isn't the HIV, per se, its just getting older.

I am awed by my mother, who at 83 has more energy than I do. I also am awed by the people in this article. Each one has a powerful message that stems from pure honesty.


"May your life preach more loudly than your lips."
~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

Offline jkinatl2

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Re: The Graying of AIDS
« Reply #13 on: August 12, 2006, 01:14:17 AM »
That was both inspiring and heartbreaking. The simple bravery of those people is amazing.

"Many people, especially in the gay community, turn to oral sex as a safer alternative in the age of AIDS. And with HIV rates rising, people need to remember that oral sex is safer sex. It's a reasonable alternative."

-Kimberly Page-Shafer, PhD, MPH

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Offline RobT

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Re: The Graying of AIDS
« Reply #14 on: August 12, 2006, 02:05:41 AM »
Powerful...Thanx for posting this. I have rarely heard of the older ppl that have it as I hear more and more young ppl get it. I am surprised that there really has not been that much HIV education. Ignorance still exists and I am in awe of older ppl and how much struggles that they have went thru surviing this bug. Thanx for posting, as it does give ppl hope especially the yougth who think that HIV is still a 'death sentence'.


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Offline zephyr

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Re: The Graying of AIDS
« Reply #15 on: August 12, 2006, 02:14:53 AM »

Spectacular production! Thank you so much for linking us to it!

I was absolutely riveted by the people interviewed for the piece, and my heart is tugged in many different directions.

Loved the hispanic couple in Florida...what a great way to get the message across, congas, and dancing, to boot.


"It is character that communicates most eloquently."

Offline clarke

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Re: The Graying of AIDS
« Reply #16 on: August 12, 2006, 01:56:20 PM »
 ;D   ;D  That was way too cool!  ;D

I'll be 53 this October (Jane will be 45), diagnosed in 1994 (Valentine's Day), but have no real idea about how long I had "it" before diagnosed.

Even tho' the lady in the first part is a little older than me, I understand how she feels.

Offline sfpvguy41

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Re: The Graying of AIDS
« Reply #17 on: August 14, 2006, 12:26:48 AM »
Wow.  I just watched it.  Congratulations to Time for such a wonderful use of the web to truly enhance the telling of an important story - I saw it in photos in the magazine but to see it narrated is incredible.
Labs: (undetectable since 2005)
12/13: 634 cdr, 37.3%, 758 cd8, total chol 183, triglycerides 131
8/13: changed to Edurant from Reyataz
12/12: 828 cd4, 34.5%, 1078 cd8, total chol 192, tri 196
12/11: 787 cd4, 37%, 979 cd8.
9/11: 758 cd4, 38%, 944 cd8, und.
8/11 dropped norvir, incr reyataz to 400 mg
6/11: 621 CD4 CD4% 41, CD8 680! Undetectable. Creatinine and eGFR are ok now.
Switched from Truvada to Epzicom in late April 2011
AGT/AST and creatinine back to normal mid-April.
Cut Norvir from regimen.
Switched back to Reyataz/Norvir late Feb 2011
2/11: CD4 664 34%, CD8 963, diagnosed with osteoporosis, high AGT/AST and creatinine.
12/10: CD4: 676 CD4%: 34 CD8: 1012
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Offline BB

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Re: The Graying of AIDS
« Reply #18 on: August 14, 2006, 06:08:01 AM »
I just turned 54 and have been dealing with this bug for almost three years. I also know side effects can last well past the first 6 months of taking meds that some doctors claim and that environment can have an effect on our lives. How to prove this to hard headed doctors is beyond me!

Hopefully the up coming conference and articles like this one will make at least some of the doctors start to pay attention to our changing needs as we age with hiv.

Damn the Torpedoes! Full speed ahead! Adm. D. Farragut.

Started Atripla 8/18/06 and if I eat the right food when I take my meds, I get to go on a-trip-la.


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