Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Fw: Hot Topics at The Body's "Ask the Experts" Forums



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February 22, 2011
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LIVING WITH HIV/AIDS


 What's Your Take on the HIV Gene Therapy Study Looking for an Effective Cure?
In light of the bone marrow transplant that effectively cured the "Berlin patient," San Francisco researchers are recruiting HIV-positive volunteers for a study that uses a less invasive approach: gene therapy to modify patients' immune systems. Have you heard of this study? What are your thoughts?

Benjamin Young, M.D., Ph.D., responds in the "Choosing Your Meds" forum


 What Do You Know About Zinc Supplements?
I read that taking zinc has been proven to make the common cold last for a shorter time. Have you heard about this? What else does zinc do? Is zinc good for the immune systems of HIV-positive people?

Nelson Vergel responds in the "Nutrition and Exercise" forum


 Recently Diagnosed and Doing Fine: Has My Diagnosis Just Not "Sunk In" Yet?
I got diagnosed with HIV three weeks ago; my husband is HIV negative. My initial shock lasted about five to 10 minutes. We both took a week off from work and studies; now we're back to our daily lives. I live in a country with very advanced medical care that's all free. My husband is very supportive. We've been reading and talking a lot about HIV. Do you think I'm so optimistic because my diagnosis hasn't really sunk in yet, and I might crumble later?

David Fawcett, Ph.D., L.C.S.W., responds in the "Mental Health and HIV" forum


MIXED-STATUS COUPLES


 My Partner's HIV Positive but I Keep Testing Negative: Can We Keep Having Unprotected Sex?
My partner tested HIV positive; I've had three different tests and they've all been negative. How is this possible? Can we continue to have sex without protection?

Robert J. Frascino, M.D., responds in the "Safe Sex and HIV Prevention" forum


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Image from the February 2011 Visual AIDS Web Gallery
"Jesus Crowned ... Black Madonna Glowing," 1999; Gregg Cassin

Visit the February 2011 Visual AIDS Web Gallery to view our latest collection of art by HIV-positive artists! This month's gallery, entitled "Why Religious Images Now?," is curated by José Vidal.

BODY SHAPE CHANGES & HIV/AIDS


 If Sculptra Stops Working, What Are Some Other Options?
Sculptra (poly-L-lactic acid, New-Fill) is a great product and it worked for me for years -- but now it's apparently stopped being effective for me. I'm afraid a very small percentage of people's bodies may become immune to it. Can you suggest some other permanent facial-filler options?

Gerald Pierone, M.D., responds in the "Facial Wasting" forum


HIV/AIDS TREATMENT


 Low but Detectable Viral Load in First Trimester: When and With What Should I Start Treatment?
I've just completed my first trimester of pregnancy. My viral load was a little above 1,000 before my pregnancy, and my CD4 count was 820. Should I start treatment at this point? If so, which potential regimens do you suggest?

Keith Henry, M.D., responds in the "Managing Side Effects of HIV Treatment" forum


 Is It Safe to Reduce My Truvada Dosage?
I was diagnosed with HIV in August 2010 during acute infection and started taking Isentress (raltegravir) and Truvada (tenofovir/FTC) right away. My viral load at the time was 4.5 million copies; now it's undetectable. My CD4 count went from 187 to a current 700. I don't have any noticeable side effects yet, and my kidney function is good. However, I want to reduce my Truvada dosage to half a tablet daily or one full tablet every other day in order to minimize the risk of developing side effects in the long term. Does this make sense for me to do?

Keith Henry, M.D., responds in the "Managing Side Effects of HIV Treatment" forum


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OTHER HEALTH ISSUES & HIV/AIDS


 How Do I Figure Out Why I'm Tired All the Time?
I'm 47 years old, I got an AIDS diagnosis in 1999, had a stroke in 2001 and developed epilepsy. Now, despite testosterone shots and B12 complex supplements, I'm fatigued and exhausted all the time and I can't work. I take antidepressants but they don't make any difference. What should I do?

Robert J. Frascino, M.D., responds in the "Fatigue and Anemia" forum


 How Can I Relieve Yeast Infections Caused By My Antibiotics?
I'm a 43-year-old, uncircumcised man and I've been HIV positive since 1998. I've been in decent health, but every time my CD4 count goes down they put me on antibiotics for a few months and I end up with yeast infections. I know that the antibiotics are causing this condition but my doctor doesn't agree. What can I do?

Keith Henry, M.D., responds in the "Managing Side Effects of HIV Treatment" forum


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UNDERSTANDING HIV/AIDS LABS


 Is There a Certain Amount of HIV That My Immune System Can Kill?
Can our immune systems handle or kill a certain amount of HIV? If so, how does that work?

Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C., responds in the "Understanding Your Labs" forum


Connect With Others

Newly Diagnosed and Looking For Some Support.
(A recent post from the "I Just Tested Positive" board)

I am a straight 42-year-old woman who was diagnosed with HIV on January 4, 2011. I suffered a terrible illness that started around the middle of September 2010. I was hospitalized for eight days and was sick for nearly two months. I had never been so sick in my life. I tested negative while I was in the hospital and thought I was OK. But I tested again when a man I had been with for six months told me a woman he had been with tested positive. That test came back positive. Gulp.

As of now, my CD4 count is 640, my viral load is 22,000 and my CD4 percentage is 35%. Not bad, I suppose, but I would still rather not have HIV. Last week, I joined a clinical trial at San Francisco General Hospital, the very same spot where so many people suffered from AIDS back in the '80s. Pretty ironic for an HIV newbie. Can anyone relate or offer some advice? -- toolatelola

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HIV TRANSMISSION


 Why Can't Mosquitoes Transmit HIV?
The way I see it, mosquitoes have a syringe-like mouth to suck up human blood, and it's hollow like a metal syringe. Judging by this similarity, why is HIV transmission not possible by mosquitoes the way it is by sharing syringes?

Joseph P. McGowan, M.D., F.A.C.P., responds in the "Choosing Your Meds" forum


STRANGE BUT TRUE


 Will a Wash and Pee Keep Away HIV?
A married, topless woman I don't know recently flagged me into her hotel room, and we quickly had unprotected sex before her husband could catch us. I've never made such a stupid move, and now I'm worried about HIV. Right after I ejaculated I immediately pulled out to check for any cuts or nicks, and ran into the bathroom to wash my penis. I also urinated with force. Did I minimize my chances of becoming HIV positive by washing and peeing right after sex?

Robert J. Frascino, M.D., responds in the "Safe Sex and HIV Prevention" forum



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Thursday, February 17, 2011

Fw: News & Views: The Financial Impact of Aging With HIV; Why the Search for a Cure Is Heating Up; and More



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ON THE PERSONAL SIDE

Nelson Vergel Nelson Vergel: The Long-Term $urvivor Dilemma
"As we speak more [at conferences] about the science related to aging with HIV ... the communal anxiety of surviving and aging with HIV is not addressed," HIV activist and fitness guru Nelson Vergel warns. In the first entry of his new blog on TheBody.com, Nelson talks about an aspect of aging and HIV that's often overlooked by researchers: the effect it has on our wallets and our emotional well-being.


Maria T. Mejia Maria T. Mejia: Here We Go Again -- Lab Results and My Fears
"I know what I should do and how I should act, but I guess my personality or my fears get the best of me," Maria T. Mejia writes. Every four to six months, she goes for another round of blood work and an update of her CD4 count, HIV viral load and other vital numbers. And each time, her anxiety goes through the roof: "As my partner, Lisa, and my Mom tell me, 'Everything will be OK!' But how do they really know?"


Sharon Sharon: Aging With HIV and Going Strong (Video)
When she was diagnosed in 1988, Sharon felt as if she was the only woman in the world with HIV. Now 57, she's a long-term survivor who speaks passionately about aging with HIV and the "happy hour" culture among some older people. In this video interview from our friends at The Positive Project, Sharon talks about her diagnosis 19 years ago, her initial loneliness and despair, and the reasons why she's so public about her status despite persistent stigma.


Join the Conversation

Rhonda (From Oklahoma City, Okla.) on "Why I Want to Show My Face After 20 Years"

"I am a 46-year-old heterosexual woman, and I am so tired of the stigma. I'm tired of trying to be 'hush, hush' about it. It does make me feel like a criminal, or dirty. ... So many people have no idea how close they are to getting it. Like you said, all it takes is one time. I just also happen to be one of the honest ones that tell. How many are there out there that don't even tell, and go ahead and sleep with someone. ... I am no different from anyone else, it is just that one of the times I chose to have unprotected sex impacted my life forever."

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HIV NEWS & VIEWS

Kenyon Farrow Obama's Proposed Budget Calls for Increases to HIV/AIDS Programs; Republicans Call for Cuts
This week, the White House unveiled its budget plan for the rest of this year -- and it held a press conference specifically to discuss how the budget will impact HIV prevention and care. "While we've heard in the press that the new budget includes cuts in most social spending domestically, there is actually increased funding in most HIV-related programs," reports HIV/AIDS advocate Kenyon Farrow. The Republican budget proposal, however, tells a very different story.


Candace Y.A. Montague Some Question Focus of "AIDSWatch" as Activists Descend on Washington, D.C.
This week, HIV/AIDS advocates (and aspiring advocates) from across the U.S. have gathered in Washington, D.C., for AIDSWatch, a huge annual lobbying and activist-training event. But does the mission of AIDSWatch accurately reflect the needs of the HIV/AIDS community? Candace Y.A. Montague explores an apparent rift among HIV/AIDS activist groups.


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Connect With Others

Starting Meds Soon. Need Advice!
(A recent post from the "Living With HIV" board)

"To anyone who is interested, I have great news! My doc just got my genotyping and resistance tests back and it is very good! My virus is HIV-1, with no mutations! It has tested 100% susceptible to all drugs in all categories! I feel really encouraged by this! I meet with my doc on Wednesday to decide on my medication regimen. I feel strongly that I want to start on Atripla (efavirenz/tenofovir/FTC). I probably cannot get all three into one neat pill cost effectively over here, but can get all three drugs individually. My doc did a lot of reading and feels comfortable with this. Any ideas anyone has about this would be helpful."

 -- Pos_in_Thailand

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HIV TREATMENT & HEALTH ISSUES

Dr. Bob Dr. Bob: The Search for the Cure Heats Up! Part Two: Why Now?
What's behind the renewed urgency we've seen of late toward developing a cure for HIV? In part two of his three-part perspective on the search for a cure, Bob Frascino, M.D., points to seven key reasons why the hunt has been reinvigorated.


Paul Sax, M.D. Is the "Non-Suppressive HIV Drug" KP-1461 Worth Getting Excited About?
Researchers are constantly searching for new, innovative ways to fight HIV. One particularly intriguing candidate is KP-1461, which appears to work by trying to mutate HIV to death. Paul Sax, M.D., tells us a bit about this drug in development, and takes a moment to keep it real when it comes to getting overly excited about new HIV drug possibilities.


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HIV TRANSMISSION & EDUCATION

Panelists The Rising HIV Rates Among Young Women and Girls of Color: What's Going On? Part Two
Check out the conclusion of this critical look into HIV risk among young women in the U.S. A panel of prominent advocates explores the harsh social, cultural and economic realities that lead women and girls of color to put themselves in situations where they may be especially likely to get HIV -- and what must happen to break this destructive cycle.


Rae Lewis-Thornton Rae Lewis-Thornton on Unsafe Sex: "I Just Don't Get It"
Blogger Rae Lewis-Thornton is more than a little upset that, despite all we know about HIV and many other sexually transmitted diseases, so many people still have unprotected sex. "I'm not concerned with who you f***, that's your business. I'm more concerned with how you f***. ... There's a lot of f***ing out there and ... an equal amount of sexually transmitted diseases to match," she writes. "So why, why, why would you put yourself at risk? I just don't get it."


Dee Borrego Helping People Understand the Needs of the Transgender HIV Community
For Dee Borrego, an HIV-positive transgender woman herself, witnessing the persecution her communities face has often led to frustration and heartbreak. But Dee still strongly believes that, "by being open and honest with those who have questions, we can educate and enlighten more people about what it means to be living with HIV and/or to be transgender nowadays." In this op-ed, Dee lets off a little steam and talks about how the transgender community can help build bridges between "us" and "them."


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