SparkPeople Positive Positives HIV / AIDS and Our Supporters Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=37262 First HIV+ team on SparkPeople. This team is for those who are HIV+/AIDS and for those who's lives have been impacted by it. We also welcome supporters and friends of other survivors. SparkPeople Positive Positives HIV / AIDS and Our Supporters Team Messageboard http://www.sparkpeople.com/assets/nav/nav_logo_v3.gif http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/groups_individual.asp?gid=37262 People With HIV Less Likely to Receive Cancer Trea http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x58697567 People With HIV Less Likely to Receive Cancer Treatment <BR> <BR> <link>www.aidsmeds.com/articles/cancer_tre<BR>atment_1667_25865.shtml </link> Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:22:14 EST Can Antibiotics Be Dangerous for People With HIV? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x58697458 Jul 2, 2014 <BR> <BR> Good Day Doctors, and THANK YOU very much for helping us!!! My Question: I am POS for 2 Years now and taking Meds since then, Atripla/Odimune and Purbac Double Strength. My Viral Load is undetectable and CD4 Count 230, climbing slowly. Is it advisable/justified to take the Antibiotic PURBAC for such a long Time and is it REALLY necessary ? I have heard many Times now, that Antibiotics should not be "overused" , is that for us HIV Pos Living as well? Thank you again, Gre... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:07:21 EST Is Smoking While HIV Positive Really So Bad? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x58697431 Jul 8, 2014 <BR> <BR> Hi , so I just tested positive for HIV and I smoke 1 or 2 cigarettes a day and smoke weed also. So I wanted to know if continuing like this is going to worsen my situation and drop the numbers of my cd4 ? What about electric cigar as I use them also? Can I just smoke the juice which has no nicotine in it? Thanks. <BR> <BR> <BR> Response from Dr. Fawcett <BR> <BR> Thanks for writing. I'm sorry to hear you just tested positive but am glad you are finding out how to bes... Thu, 31 Jul 2014 07:03:41 EST HIV Criminal ization: A Physician's Perspective http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x58398980 By Dr. Wendy Armstrong <BR> From The Center for HIV Law and Policy <BR> <BR> June 4, 2014 <BR> <BR> <link>By Dr. Wendy Armstrong From The Center for HIV Law and Policy June 4, 2014 </link> Tue, 1 Jul 2014 18:36:46 EST How Can I Keep My Mind Healthy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x58398516 Jun 29, 2014 <BR> <BR> Hi Doc, <BR> <BR> Doc you are great and you all are doing great job here I have accepted my recent diagnosis. It is no matter to me whatever I am supposed to lose from my life. No matter how much complication I may have in future, how many years I am going to live. But I will fight. But I can't accept damage of my brain. I don't know how much will it damage my brain. Will I be able to think how I was earlier. If it is going to damage my brain (may be slowly) then ther... Tue, 1 Jul 2014 17:30:38 EST 13 Things You Should Never Put In The Microwave http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23249x37262x58243504 <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/13/mi<BR>crowave-cooking-tips_n_5488231.html </link> Tue, 17 Jun 2014 04:50:58 EST 9 Expert Tips For More Mindful Eating http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23249x37262x58137470 <link>www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/06/06/sl<BR>ow-eating_n_5419625.html?ir=Healthy%20<BR>Living&utm_campaign=060614&utm_medium=<BR>email&utm_source=Alert-healthy-living&<BR>utm_content=Title </link> Sat, 7 Jun 2014 07:14:47 EST Which Type of Yogurt Is Best for You? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23249x37262x58104275 <BR> Overview <BR> <BR> First of all, what is yogurt? Yogurt is a fermented milk product that has been used for centuries to preserve liquid milk from spoilage. Like milk, yogurt contains important nutrients such as protein and calcium. Traditional yogurt is made by adding two bacterial cultures (Lactobacillus bulgaricus and Streptococcus thermophilus) to milk to “ferment” the lactose into lactic acid, giving the product a tart, sour flavor and creating the thick consistency with which we a... Wed, 4 Jun 2014 07:14:53 EST 12 Surprising Immune System Killers http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23249x37262x58091977 Cancer researchers just published strong evidence linking Roundup weed killer to non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The probable mode of action? The pesticide likely mutates your white blood cells, throwing your immune system into a tailspin. But did you know other everyday things can knock down your immunity, too? <BR> <BR> <link>www.rodalenews.com/boost-immune-syst<BR>em?cm_mmc=TheDailyFixNL-_-1716834-_-05<BR>292014-_-12_Surprising_Immune_System_K<BR>illers_title </link> Tue, 3 Jun 2014 06:35:08 EST Cracking the Code of an Enzyme That Ultimately Hel http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x58028985 May 21, 2014 <BR> <BR> Cracking the Code of an Enzyme That Ultimately Helps HIV <BR> <BR> Researchers at Johns Hopkins University have discovered how to inhibit a key enzyme that plays an important yet complex role in HIV’s life cycle. The investigators recently published a summary of their research in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. <BR> <BR> Known as SAMHD1, the enzyme in question depletes the genetic building blocks that HIV uses to convert its RNA into DNA and ultimate... Wed, 28 May 2014 15:59:10 EST Cancer Risk in HIV Population Linked to Viruses an http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x58027410 May 23, 2014 <BR> <BR> Cancer Risk in HIV Population Linked to Viruses and Smoking <BR> <BR> An apparent doubled risk of cancer among people living with HIV appears to be a consequence almost entirely of elevated rates of cancers related to smoking and other viruses, aidsmap reports. Publishing their findings in the journal AIDS, Danish researchers studied 3,503 people who received HIV care between 1995 and 2011 and compared them with 12,979 matched controls. <BR> <BR> The HIV population e... Wed, 28 May 2014 12:49:10 EST Foods for Your Liver: Heal With These Detoxifying http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23249x37262x58013945 <link>www.rodalenews.com/foods-your-liver?<BR>cm_mmc=TheDailyFixNL-_-1708816-_-05272<BR>014-_-TheBestFoodsforYourLiver_text </link> Tue, 27 May 2014 10:55:59 EST Flesh and Blood http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x57928722 In memoriam for all those we've lost to the virus. <BR> <BR> <link>www.poz.com/articles/flesh_and_blood<BR>_2851_25596.shtml </link> Mon, 19 May 2014 16:57:54 EST POZ at 20 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x57928704 Twenty HIV/AIDS survivors from POZ covers share their stories. <BR> <BR> <link>www.poz.com/articles/poz_20_annivers<BR>ary_2851_25595.shtml </link> Mon, 19 May 2014 16:56:24 EST New HIV-Fighting Protein Found in Coral Reefs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x57873333 New HIV-Fighting Protein Found in Coral Reefs <BR> <BR> May 6, 2014 <BR> <BR> New HIV-Fighting Protein Found in Coral Reefs <BR> <BR> Researchers have uncovered a new class of proteins, found in coral reefs, that can block HIV from entering immune cells. The hope is that these natural elements might one day be used as an active agent in a microbicide. <BR> <BR> Called cnidarians, the proteins derive from coral, the tiny invertebrates that live in colonies on the ocean floor (coral are par... Wed, 14 May 2014 16:28:33 EST Low CD4s Despite HIV Treatment Linked to Risk of C http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x57873314 Low CD4s Despite HIV Treatment Linked to Risk of Cancer <BR> <BR> <link>www.aidsmeds.com/articles/cancer_CD4<BR>_1667_25566.shtml </link> Wed, 14 May 2014 16:25:27 EST What Will HIV Treatment Look Like in Five Years? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x57549372 By Terri Wilder <BR> From TheBodyPRO.com <BR> <BR> March 21, 2014 <BR> <BR> <link>www.thebodypro.com/content/74185/wha<BR>t-will-hiv-treatment-look-like-in-five<BR>-years.html?ic=700100 </link> Thu, 17 Apr 2014 17:49:32 EST How to Lower the Cost of HIV Meds Under the Afford http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x57423506 How to Lower the Cost of HIV Meds Under the Affordable Care Act <BR> <BR> Mar 28, 2014 <BR> <BR> I had asked a couple of months ago if it was true that my med cost would go up to %25 of the cost of the medication under the ACA. I was told that the costs should go down. Unfortunately that is not the case if you DO NOT HAVE Co-Pay assistance with the pharmaceutical company's. Your med cost will be 25%, at least it is with BCBS NC. When I tried to fill my first order of meds with my new "affor... Mon, 7 Apr 2014 14:53:06 EST What's My Life Expectancy After AIDS? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x57259106 Mar 23, 2014 <BR> <BR> In in 1996 I became hiv positive, and did not take any meds until febuary of 2006, after my labs showed a cd4 count of 4 and a viral load of 770, 000. After being on treatment since Feb of 2006, my cd4 count is 604 and my viral load is undectable, I know there is no "for sure" answer, but how long can one expect to live in a situation such as mine? I have no other on-going health conditions, <BR> <BR> <BR> Response from Dr. Young <BR> <BR> Hello and thanks for post... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 16:47:29 EST Fred Phelps, Founder of Westboro Baptist Church, D http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x57255404 Fred Phelps, Founder of Westboro Baptist Church, Dies <BR> <BR> The 84-year-old founder of a Kansas church known for its anti-LGBT protests at public events died of natural causes Wednesday, March 19, CNN reports. Fred Phelps founded the Topeka–based Westboro Baptist Church (WBC) in 1955. The small congregation consists mainly of people related to Phelps through blood or marriage. <BR> <BR> Westboro preaches that the acceptance of homosexuality by the United States has brought God’s punishm... Tue, 25 Mar 2014 10:28:49 EST The New "Negative"? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x57171054 March 11, 2014 <BR> <BR> 'Undetectable' Is the New 'Negative'? <BR> by David Duran <BR> <BR> An HIV-positive freelance writer on being proud about your undetectable viral load. <BR> <BR> David Duran <BR> David Duran <BR> With the news spreading across the Web of the PARTNER study showing that no HIV-positive individual with an undetectable viral load has transmitted HIV within the first two years of the study, HIV-positive men are tossing out their condoms and celebrating. All online profi... Tue, 18 Mar 2014 10:12:02 EST NIH Report - Maybe a Cure In Sight? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x57034406 <link>thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/breaki<BR>ng-science-may-have-just-created-drug-<BR>free-control-of-hiv/news/2014/03/05/84050 </link> <BR> <BR> This would be amazing if they can get either treatment or a vaccine out of this process!!! Thu, 6 Mar 2014 23:14:36 EST A Low CD4 Count Despite Low Viral Load Raises Risk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x56923963 February 19, 2014 <BR> <BR> A Low CD4 Count Despite Low Viral Load Raises Risk of Death <BR> <BR> Those whose CD4 cell levels fail to rise above 200 despite long-term suppression of HIV through antiretroviral (ARV) therapy have a more than doubled risk of death, aidsmap reports. Publishing their findings in Clinical Infectious Diseases, researchers studied 5,550 people with HIV from 53 European and North American cohorts who had CD4 counts at or below 200 before starting HIV treatment and w... Wed, 26 Feb 2014 13:51:11 EST Louisiana Insurer Rejects Ryan White Funds for ACA http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x56758290 February 10, 2014 <BR> <BR> Louisiana Insurer Rejects Ryan White Funds for ACA Premiums <BR> <BR> Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Louisiana will no longer accept third-party payments for its premiums as of March 1, 2014, Reuters reports. As a result, hundreds of people with HIV/AIDS in Louisiana receiving assistance under the federal Ryan White CARE Act who enrolled in plans under the Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. the health care reform law, or ACA) are in danger of losing their ACA health care... Thu, 13 Feb 2014 09:00:37 EST Please Don't Leave Me Because I Need You: An HIV T http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x56630797 Please Don't Leave Me Because I Need You: An HIV Take on Separation Anxiety: <BR> <BR> "If you're positive and the other is negative, your fears of a relationship breakdown can become a self-fulfilling prophecy," writes Dave R. in a two-part blog series about two different, but related, relationship styles. <BR> <BR> <link>www.thebody.com/content/73700/please<BR>-dont-leave-me-because-i-need-you-an-h<BR>iv-tak.html?ic=700101 </link> Mon, 3 Feb 2014 14:00:20 EST Is Unprotected Oral Sex Safe? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x56630560 Jan 21, 2014 <BR> <BR> Before asking my question, I will give you the details of my current situation: - I, the infected partner, am a WOMAN - I am and have been on ART and my viral load is UNDETECTABLE for over a year - I do not have any other STIs - My partner(man) is not hiv positive - We ALWAYS use condoms (for vaginal and anal intercourse) - I have received oral sex (with the okay of my doctor that it would not be performed during or several days before and after my period. <BR> <BR> W... Mon, 3 Feb 2014 13:41:52 EST Are Protein Supplements Safe For People Living Wit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x56574428 Are Protein Supplements Safe For People Living With HIV? <BR> <BR> Jan 27, 2014 <BR> <BR> Hello Dr. Young, <BR> <BR> I've been HIV positive for 5 years and under medication for more than 2 years (Truvada+Stocrin). I have a constant undetectable viral load since I started medication. My question is about protein supplements (whey supplements). I go to gym 4 or 5 times a week and my gym teacher advised me to use protein supplement but he doesn't know about my hiv status. Is it safe for me to... Thu, 30 Jan 2014 09:19:26 EST What Factors Affect Life Expectancy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x56471202 life expectancy hiv with treatment <BR> Jan 3, 2014 <BR> <BR> i get the infection 2 years ago (infected with hiv) and take the treatment since 2 months half, never had other chronicle illness in my life before hiv, im latin male 28 years, 1.80 m. 78 kg. without any health problem (yet) i want to know my life expectancy please, i know is not 100% accurate buts is just an idea, thanks <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Response from Dr. Henry <BR> <BR> Life expectancy in HIV depends on many factors. For ... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 14:25:40 EST HIV Positive With Low CD4s? Keeping Appointments I http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x56471128 January 17, 2014 <BR> <BR> HIV Positive With Low CD4s? Keeping Appointments Is Vital <BR> <BR> Keeping medical appointments is particularly crucial for HIV-positive people on antiretrovirals (ARVs) who have a low CD4 count, aidsmap reports. Publishing their findings in the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes, investigators conducted a cross-sectional analysis of 35,433 adults with HIV receiving care at 18 clinics throughout the United States between 2006 and 2011. <BR> <BR> The... Wed, 22 Jan 2014 14:18:17 EST Newer HIV Tests Better Identify Acute Infections http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x56445048 January 15, 2014 <BR> <BR> Newer HIV Tests Better Identify Acute Infections <BR> <BR> The more recently developed “fourth-generation” HIV tests are far superior to older antibody assays at detecting the virus during the first few weeks of infection, aidsmap reports. Publishing their findings in PLOS ONE, researchers analyzed the success rates of various types of HIV tests conducted between 2003 and 2008 in high-risk populations in San Francisco. Out of 21,234 HIV tests, there were 761 HIV d... Mon, 20 Jan 2014 17:58:04 EST T Memory Stem Cells Are Likely a Cornerstone of HI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x56427042 T Memory Stem Cells Are Likely a Cornerstone of HIV Reservoir <BR> <BR> January 13, 2014 <BR> <BR> T Memory Stem Cells Are Likely a Cornerstone of HIV Reservoir <BR> <BR> Long-living, HIV-infected immune cells that have stem-cell-like properties appear to be a bedrock of the viral reservoir that prevents antiretroviral treatment from clearing the virus. Publishing their findings in Nature Medicine, researchers tested samples of blood drawn from people shortly after they acquired HIV, as we... Sun, 19 Jan 2014 12:06:56 EST How HIV instigates cellular suicide to cause AIDS. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x56378241 January 1, 2014 <BR> <BR> How HIV Instigates Cellular Suicide to Cause AIDS <BR> by Benjamin Ryan <BR> <BR> A scientific breakthrough sheds major light on a mystery that has perplexed scientists across the decades of the AIDS epidemic. <BR> <BR> In this image, captured by an electron microscope, HIV (orange) is budding off this CD4 T immune cells (green) <BR> In this image, captured by an electron microscope, HIV (orange) is budding off this CD4 T immune cells (green). Credit: Jinny Wong <... Wed, 15 Jan 2014 17:30:03 EST New Anti-HIV Compounds Discovered http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x56339901 Researchers at the University of Minnesota have identified a series of novel compounds that combat HIV and may one day lead to new options for antiretroviral treatment. Publishing their findings in the Journal of Virology, the investigators discovered five compounds called ribonucleoside analogs that in laboratory studies either blocked replication of HIV at the point in its life cycle called reverse transcription or that caused the virus to mutate into extinction. <BR> <BR> “It’s a counteri... Mon, 13 Jan 2014 04:21:30 EST Which Supplements Help Boost the Immune System? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x56268000 immune system <BR> Dec 11, 2013 <BR> <BR> what are the best immune boosting supplements <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Response from Mr. Vergel <BR> <BR> None have been shown to boost CD4 cells in a statistically significant manner. <BR> <BR> However, due to the small sample size used, whey protein supplementation showed a trend towards increase CD4 cells in HIV+ patients. It would take a larger study to definitely prove it. <BR> <BR> Evaluation of high-protein supplementation in weight-stable HI... Tue, 7 Jan 2014 23:46:38 EST 2013 Most Popular on POZ.com http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x56259006 <link>www.poz.com/articles/2013_most_popul<BR>ar_1_24989.shtml </link> Tue, 7 Jan 2014 11:54:25 EST What's the Long-Term Effect of Living With HIV and http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x55948344 What's the Long-Term Effect of Living With HIV and Taking Meds? <BR> <BR> Nov 23, 2013 <BR> <BR> I am now exactly 40years old and was diagnosed to be positive last year in September 2012 . I really do not know when I contracted the virus. I am very healthy .I have not fallen sick of any kind since young ( I am a healthy person since birth ). But then with the issues of being HIV ,I almost went mad . I went into depression , The community I come from is very negative about HIV.HIV means deat... Wed, 11 Dec 2013 17:29:29 EST The Loneliness of the Long Distance HIVer http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x55872701 "Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year and other celebration days are hell for the lonely; they just close their eyes and wait for the universal bonhomie to pass," blogger Dave R. writes. "There's also a huge stigma attached to admitting you're lonely -- for everyone, not just people living with HIV." <BR> <BR> <link>www.thebody.com/content/73308/the-lo<BR>neliness-of-the-long-distance-hiver.ht<BR>ml?ic=700100 </link> Thu, 5 Dec 2013 07:24:38 EST How I Got Over My Depression and Back on My Feet! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x55871821 Nelson, thanks to your advice last year, I finally took action with my life. I walk four miles every morning and have lost 80 lbs. I realized that I can't change my HIV diagnosis, but I am in control of how I choose to react to that diagnosis. Thank you for your advice as my life has turned 180 degrees for the better. <BR> <BR> <link>www.thebody.com/Forums/AIDS/Aging/Q2<BR>32866.html?ic=700101 </link> Thu, 5 Dec 2013 05:13:18 EST 10 Curious Questions Asked About HIV Transmission http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x55866799 <link>www.thebody.com/content/73340/10-cur<BR>ious-questions-asked-about-hiv-transmi<BR>ssion-.html?ic=700100 </link> Wed, 4 Dec 2013 17:18:14 EST 10 HIV/AIDS Stories That Defined 2013 in the U.S. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x55859790 <link>www.thebody.com/content/73338/10-hiv<BR>aids-stories-that-defined-2013-in-the-<BR>us.html?ic=700100 </link> Wed, 4 Dec 2013 06:19:34 EST am I really going to pay 25% of my HIV meds with A http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x55707173 am I really going to pay 25% of my HIV meds with ACA? <BR> Nov 12, 2013 <BR> <BR> <BR> Response from Mr. Chambers <BR> <BR> The short answer is "No," but this gives me a great excuse to expand on the law and how it can help persons living with HIV/AIDS. <BR> <BR> First there is no set percentage that ACA (the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare) requires the insurance company to pay. It does limit the plans provided through the state and federal health insurance exchanges to five different t... Wed, 20 Nov 2013 15:08:26 EST Smoking and Hypertension Associated With Greater A http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x55641499 Smoking and Hypertension Associated With Greater Arterial Stiffness in People Aging With HIV <BR> <BR> By Fred Furtado <BR> From TheBodyPRO.com <BR> <BR> November 8, 2013 <BR> <BR> Having HIV is not independently associated with arterial stiffness -- a trait linked to cardiovascular disease risk -- despite HIV-infected individuals having a modest, but clinically significant, increase in arterial stiffness when compared to their uninfected counterparts. Instead, factors such as smoking and ... Fri, 15 Nov 2013 05:00:55 EST Is Aging With HIV Making Me More Tired? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x55618975 Nov 4, 2013 <BR> <BR> diagnosed 1989 full blown, many health issues and many, many meds later dealing with neuropathy, chronic fatigue, loss of strength, energy & stamina among others. Undetectable VL and t-cells over 500 but wondering what effects years of meds and living with virus might do cumulatively and how normal aging (just turned 58) might factor in as well. Generally in decent health now but ability to live "normally" has noticeably diminished especially in last 5 to 10 years. Tire... Wed, 13 Nov 2013 08:34:14 EST Promising Drug http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x55559319 October 24, 2013 <BR> <BR> New HIV Drug Class Shows Promise <BR> <BR> Cenicriviroc, an investigational antiretroviral from the new dual CCR5/CCR2 inhibitor class, performed well in a Phase II trial, although with a high drop-out rate because of a complicated dosing. Investigators are currently developing a simplified regimen to mitigate that problem. Presenting their findings at the 14th European AIDS Conference in Brussels, researchers recruited 143 treatment-naive people with HIV for this... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 05:10:35 EST 60 Times Larger http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x55559310 October 29, 2013 <BR> <BR> Estimated Size of HIV Reservoir Balloons, Daunting Cure Search <BR> <BR> The viral reservoir, whose existence thwarts attempts to cure HIV infection with standard antiretrovirals, may be as much as 60 times larger than scientists have initially estimated, posing a setback for research progress, The Wall Street Journal reports. The latent reservoir is made up of what are called proviruses, in which viral DNA is inserted into immune cells’ genomes. When researchers ... Fri, 8 Nov 2013 05:07:44 EST Can I Really Stay Healthy With HIV Without Getting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x55534547 Can I Really Stay Healthy With HIV Without Getting Sick? <BR> <BR> Nov 4, 2013 <BR> <BR> Hi Nelson. So here's my story. Got diagnosed late December 2012 early January 2013. (Completely decanted naturally) considering the fact that I was always safe and never had unprotected sex. Nonetheless. Began treatment (complera)in February. June I was undetectable. (Yay). My question is, is it true that you can remain completely healthy (without problems- get cancer or etc) if you take your med, eat f... Wed, 6 Nov 2013 06:25:49 EST How Do I Reassure My Boyfriend That It's OK to Get http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x55445848 How Do I Reassure My Boyfriend That It's OK to Get Physical? <BR> <BR> Oct 15, 2013 <BR> <BR> Hi, <BR> <BR> I'm HIV-, and in a relationship with an HIV+ man. He's always been open about it and told me right from when we started dating that he's positive. <BR> <BR> We both studied a lot about this matter of course, and we both know where we stand, so that's not an issue. The issue is that my partner basically locks down when we're getting more physical. We talked about it and he's afraid h... Wed, 30 Oct 2013 04:13:46 EST In the SparkPeople Health News http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x55369318 Child 'Cured' of HIV Remains Free of Virus, Doctors Report <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/health_<BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=681421 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Miraculous, and it gives us hope for a final cure! Wed, 23 Oct 2013 18:26:48 EST My HIV-Positive Partner Stopped Taking Meds: Is Th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x55367759 My HIV-Positive Partner Stopped Taking Meds: Is This Safe for Us? <BR> <BR> Oct 8, 2013 <BR> <BR> My partner had been hiv+ for 6 years. He's been on meds to treat his infection for about 5 he says. He recently lost his qualifications to get his medicines through the state and we cannot afford to buy them without insurance. His viral loads were undetectable and he felt great. But he's been of his meds for 2 months. I'm worried about his well being, that he might get sick or I may bring somet... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 15:41:21 EST HIV Meds, Protein and Pre-Workout Supplements: Wha http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x55362770 HIV Meds, Protein and Pre-Workout Supplements: What Should I Watch Out For? <BR> <BR> Protein and pre workout supplement <BR> Oct 1, 2013 <BR> <BR> Dear Doctor, <BR> <BR> I workout in the gym on a daily basis and i'm taking protein and some pre workout supplement twice a day. <BR> <BR> I am currently on ART Stocrin & Truvada. My question is, by taking protein will it affect my regimen in a long run? <BR> <BR> Thank you <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Response from Dr. Young <BR> <BR> Hi and th... Wed, 23 Oct 2013 08:20:41 EST Government Shutdown Obstructs Work at NIH and CDC http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x55268746 October 4, 2013 <BR> <BR> Government Shutdown Obstructs Work at NIH and CDC <BR> <BR> After a battle over the health care law has shut down the federal government, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has suffered crippling repercussions, with clinical trial enrollment grinding interrupted and research on potentially fatal diseases and programs to monitor outbreaks grinding to a halt, FierceBiotech Research reports. <BR> <BR> As of October 1, HHS had furloughed 52 percent... Tue, 15 Oct 2013 05:56:16 EST vent time http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x55223002 ugh, where do I begin? I am upset beyond words will allow me to say on sparkpeople because some nobody got the best of me posting their hate filled spew on another forum and it just made me so angry! She(I know its a female, because its a mom's only site) said this below: <BR> <BR> ''I think people who have been diagnosed with HIV or AIDS should be required to get a Medical Bio hazard symbol tattooed in a location that is normally covered by panties or undershorts/skivvies, whatever you cho... Fri, 11 Oct 2013 06:27:54 EST Can I Join the U.S. Military Once I've Been Diagno http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x55197062 Can I Join the U.S. Military Once I've Been Diagnosed With HIV? <BR> <BR> Joining the Air Force <BR> Sep 24, 2013 <BR> <BR> Is it possible to join the Air Force considering I'm HIV positive? <BR> <BR> <BR> Response from Mr. Chambers <BR> <BR> Checking several sources, it appears that HIV+ persons are not eligible to join any branch of the US Military including the Air Force. I am attaching a couple of sources for that information, this one and one from this website. <BR> <BR> For others... Wed, 9 Oct 2013 03:43:39 EST 30 years later, still no cure for AIDS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x55104428 By Charlie Fidelman, GAZETTE Health Reporter October 1, 2013 <BR> <BR> MONTREAL - A virus is a moving target. And for 30 years, HIV has been constantly on the move making new copies of itself that are slightly different than before, ready to attack the immune system that the body needs to protect itself against a host of pathogens. For scientists looking for a vaccine for HIV/AIDS, it’s been a long search filled with disappointing failures. <BR> <BR> “There’s no vaccine and no cure. And we ... Tue, 1 Oct 2013 19:26:37 EST New tenofovir has lower dose, is kinder to kidneys http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x55030596 New tenofovir has lower dose, is kinder to kidneys and bones. <BR> <BR> September 23, 2013 <BR> <BR> New Tenofovir Has Lower Dose, Is Kinder to Kidneys and Bones <BR> <BR> A new formulation of the widely used HIV antiretroviral tenofovir is potent at a lower dose and works as well as the current version of the drug—but it has fewer effects on indicators of kidney and bone health, aidsmap reports. Paul Edward Sax, MD, clinical director at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and a professor of medi... Wed, 25 Sep 2013 14:13:06 EST Gauging the Impact of the Affordable Care Act on P http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x54962493 Gauging the Impact of the Affordable Care Act on People in HIV Care <BR> <BR> By Myles Helfand <BR> From TheBodyPRO.com <BR> <BR> August 22, 2013 <BR> <BR> <link>www.thebodypro.com/content/72519/hiv<BR>-care-and-the-affordable-care-act.html<BR>?ic=700100 </link> Thu, 19 Sep 2013 17:28:15 EST The Dangers of Hepatitis B http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x54948963 Effects of hepatitis b if not treated <BR> Sep 8, 2013 <BR> <BR> Effects of hepatitis b if not treated <BR> <BR> Response from Dr. Taylor <BR> <BR> Hepatitis B can cause scarring of the liver, called cirrhosis. Once we have cirrhosis of the liver, other parts of our bodies, including our kidneys, can give out. Our bodies can get sick in a number of ways as the cirrhosis progresses. <BR> <BR> Hepatitis B can cause cancer of the liver, called hepatocellular carcinoma. <BR> <BR> About 25%... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 17:17:21 EST Frequently Asked Questions About Starting HIV Meds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x54948941 <link>www.thebody.com/content/39439/freque<BR>ntly-asked-questions-starting-hiv-trea<BR>tment.html?ic=700101 </link> Wed, 18 Sep 2013 17:15:05 EST Rejection and Stigma When Dating With HIV http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x54948930 By Warren Tong <BR> From TheBody.com <BR> <BR> September 12, 2013 <BR> <BR> "You need to get out," was the response Bart Lily (a pseudonym) received after disclosing his HIV status to a love interest he had chatted with for months. <BR> <BR> In this personal piece from Advocate.com, Bart recounts his experience getting turned down because of his status, highlighting the nervousness and fear of deciding to disclose, as well as how pervasive HIV stigma still is. <BR> <BR> "How had this gone... Wed, 18 Sep 2013 17:13:29 EST What Vaccinations Do People Living With HIV Need? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x54937778 Aug 31, 2013 <BR> <BR> can u kindly list vaccines indicated for hiv poz? can one take yellow fever and herpes zoster vaccine if cd4 count is more than 200? otherwise how a hiv poz can visit south america or africa without yellow fever vaccine? what other vaccines for local diseases like west nile? thanx <BR> <BR> Response from Dr. Young <BR> <BR> Hello and thanks for posting your important question. <BR> <BR> Vaccinations can prevent many serious infections and are generally safe for pe... Tue, 17 Sep 2013 19:16:21 EST Vaccine eradicates virus that causes AIDS in monk http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x54890680 <BR> Vaccine eradicates virus that causes AIDS in monkeys <BR> <BR> <BR> Vaccine eradicates virus that causes AIDS in monkeys <BR> Published September 13, 2013 <BR> FoxNews.com <BR> <BR> Researchers from the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) have reported a major breakthrough in the field of HIV research, claiming they have created a vaccine that completely eradicates the virus that causes AIDS in some monkeys, Discovery News reported. <BR> <BR> And the next step? Testing the v... Fri, 13 Sep 2013 15:43:55 EST How Do I Cope With the Fear of Getting HIV From My http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x54860539 Sep 4, 2013 <BR> <BR> <BR> How Do I Cope With the Fear of Getting HIV From My Husband? <BR> <BR> My name is Rose a few months ago he was tested positive for HIV. immediately I did the sma and I was negative.Since then we have never kissed or did anything that would make me so scared but he kissed me and as much as I thought I would continue living with him I could not sleep that night. I had tonsils, Could I have been infected and yesterday he was tested to have stomach ulcers which at th... Wed, 11 Sep 2013 04:17:10 EST Treatment and Viral Load: What Do We Know About Th http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x54738978 Treatment and Viral Load: What Do We Know About Their Effects on HIV Transmission? <BR> <BR> By James Wilton <BR> From Canadian AIDS Treatment Information Exchange <BR> <BR> Fall 2013 <BR> <BR> Antiretroviral treatment can reduce the viral load in the blood and other bodily fluids to undetectable levels and research shows this can decrease the risk of HIV transmission. This knowledge has generated interest among people living with HIV and their partners in the use of treatment as an HIV pr... Sun, 1 Sep 2013 11:54:50 EST Absurd! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x54706964 Pat Robertson Claims Gays Transmit HIV by Cutting With Rings <BR> <BR> August 28, 2013 <BR> <BR> Pat Robertson Claims Gays Transmit HIV by Cutting With Rings <BR> <BR> Christian televangelist and former presidential candidate Pat Robertson said gay men in San Francisco try to transmit HIV intentionally by cutting people with rings when they shake hands, Right Wing Watch reports. He made his remarks on The 700 Club, which is produced by his Christian Broadcasting Network (CBN) and airs on A... Thu, 29 Aug 2013 16:18:46 EST CD4s at Entry Into HIV Care Largely Unchanged in 2 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x54690815 CD4s at Entry Into HIV Care Largely Unchanged in 20 Years <BR> <BR> August 21, 2013 <BR> <BR> CD4s at Entry Into HIV Care Largely Unchanged in 20 Years <BR> <BR> For people with HIV living in resource-rich nations, the average CD4 count upon entry into care has not seen an appreciable increase during the past two decades, aidsmap reports. As of 2011, that figure was 336. The finding has major implications for the current debate over the best timing for beginning antiretrovirals, implying t... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 10:56:26 EST How Do I Hide My Status From My Roommate? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x54687195 Aug 23, 2013 <BR> <BR> I have a question about privacy/ disclosure? I don't know ware to place it. I have medical insurance that covers my prescriptions, but they would only pay if I mail order my prescription under their selected company. when I received my first prescription my roommate asked me what type of medication I was receiving by mail? I feel that this method is and had violated my anonymity, and confidentiality. an you help. <BR> <BR> Response from Mr. Chambers <BR> <BR> I ass... Wed, 28 Aug 2013 05:29:15 EST New Integrase Inhibitor Tivicay (Dolutegravir) App http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x54627314 New Integrase Inhibitor Tivicay (Dolutegravir) Approved for Treatment of HIV by FDA <BR> <BR> The FDA approved a new once-daily integrase inhibitor, Tivicay (dolutegravir), to treat HIV. Clinical studies show that it had superior results over Atripla (efavirenz/tenofovir/FTC). <BR> <BR> By Warren Tong <BR> From TheBodyPRO.com <BR> <BR> August 13, 2013 <BR> <BR> On Aug. 12, Tivicay (dolutegravir) was approved as a first-line and second-line HIV treatment option, according to a news releas... Fri, 23 Aug 2013 05:21:15 EST Which Supplements Should People Living With HIV Av http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x54620867 Which Supplements Should People Living With HIV Avoid? <BR> <BR> May 22, 2013 <BR> <BR> Is it ok to have anything with echinacea in it while on this medicine? <BR> <BR> Response from Dr. Young <BR> <BR> Hi and thanks for posting. <BR> <BR> It's important to be mindful of possible negative interactions between HIV medications and other drugs, supplements and herbs. The most significant interactions are between St. John's wort and HIV meds, especially those (like PIs) that are metabolize... Thu, 22 Aug 2013 15:13:03 EST Exercise Improves Brain Function in People With HI http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x54606823 Exercise Improves Brain Function in People With HIV <BR> <BR> August 19, 2013 <BR> <BR> Exercise Improves Brain Function in People With HIV <BR> <BR> Physically active HIV-positive people are much more likely to have improved brain function over those who lead sedentary lives, HealthDay reports. Publishing their findings in Springer’s Journal of NeuroVirology, researchers from the University of California, San Diego conducted a study of 335 people with HIV, interviewing them about their ex... Wed, 21 Aug 2013 12:45:10 EST Older & Wiser http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x54509871 from poz.com <BR> <BR> September 2013 <BR> <BR> Older and Wiser <BR> <BR> by Tim Murphy <BR> <BR> <BR> The life story of Cesar Carrasco, a 58-year-old Chilean-born New Yorker, tracks the larger story of living long-term with HIV/AIDS. Carrasco was an undocumented newcomer to the United States in 1984, working as a handyman, when he got HIV. Like many in that early era, he turned to the newly formed Gay Men’s Health Crisis for support, soon pitching in as a volunteer. He also got his gre... Tue, 13 Aug 2013 15:01:47 EST AIDS Cure Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x54453638 A new awareness day pushes for a cure in this generation. <BR> <BR> August 7, 2013 <BR> <BR> AIDS Policy Project to Launch First AIDS Cure Day <BR> <BR> Saturday, October 5, will mark the first AIDS Cure Day, according to a statement by the AIDS Policy Project, which launched this new awareness day. The goal of this annual event is to push for a cure for AIDS in this generation. The AIDS Policy Project will be organizing and facilitating teach-ins on cure research and activism across the ... Fri, 9 Aug 2013 01:34:00 EST How Does Smoking Affect Life Expectancy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x54330161 Apr 3, 2013 <BR> <BR> I hav identified as hiv+ 2012 april and using forstavir-3. at that time my cd4-57 and viral load-1986. and in august my cd4-159 and viral load-59. in 2013 feb my cd4-374. im a drinker and left drinking and now occutionally ill drink. how smoking effects viral load and cd4. is there any tests to be carried out or drug to be changed? <BR> <BR> Response from Dr. Young <BR> <BR> Hello, <BR> <BR> While tobacco has limited direct effects on CD4 count, and no effects on H... Tue, 30 Jul 2013 18:41:04 EST Plant-Based Compound May Inhibit HIV http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x54315395 July 29, 2013 — A compound found in soybeans may become an effective HIV treatment without the drug resistance issues faced by current therapies, according to new research by George Mason University researchers. <BR> <BR> <BR> It's in the early stages, but genistein, derived from soybeans and other plants, shows promise in inhibiting the HIV infection, says Yuntao Wu, a professor with the George Mason-based National Center for Biodefense and Infectious Diseases and the Department of Molecul... Mon, 29 Jul 2013 15:45:59 EST If, When, Where and How to Say "I Have HIV" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x54267297 Through several HIV disclosure stories, including her own, Shari Margolese affirms that people shouldn't reveal their status without careful planning and solid support. <BR> <BR> <link>www.thebody.com/content/72107/if-whe<BR>n-where-and-how-to-say-i-have-hiv.html<BR>?ic=700100 </link> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 16:17:20 EST My Sex Life: Info for Young Poz People http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x54266370 Designed to help young people living with HIV navigate and explore sex, My Sex Life empowers not only its readers, but its writers -- it was written by young people living with HIV. <BR> <BR> <link>www.thebody.com/content/72130/my-sex<BR>-life-info-for-young-poz-people.html?i<BR>c=700100 </link> Thu, 25 Jul 2013 14:46:48 EST Do I Have to Use the Pharmacy My Insurance Company http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x54243222 Do I Have to Use the Pharmacy My Insurance Company Chooses for Me? <BR> <BR> Don't Take NO for an Answer: How to Overcome Your Insurance Company Choosing Your Pharmacy for You <BR> <BR> By Michelle J. Sherman, R.Ph., A.A.H.I.V.P. <BR> From TheBody.com <BR> <BR> April 26, 2013 <BR> By Michelle J. Sherman, R.Ph., A.A.H.I.V.P. <BR> <BR> Michelle J. Sherman, R.Ph., A.A.H.I.V.P. <BR> <BR> By now you have probably read my original articles "Know Your Pharmacist, Know Your Pharmacy" and learne... Tue, 23 Jul 2013 19:16:32 EST Here goes nothing... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x37262x54214166 I was recommended this group by someone on another site, debated on actually joining and posting...but I figured I'd take a chance and see what I find as I know how important it is having a support network who understands. <BR> <BR> I'm in a somewhat new relationship with a guy I've known my entire life. Growing up, I couldn't even say he was a really good friend, but when we got back in touch it was like everything fell into place perfectly for us. I realized quick that I couldn't imagine... Sun, 21 Jul 2013 17:15:32 EST How Do You React To Positive People? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x54179014 I know everyone has a different reaction to different things, but no matter who you are or where you come from, finding out that someone you are close to has HIV is a big thing to learn. How would/did you cope with it? Thu, 18 Jul 2013 17:00:55 EST Do I Still Need to Get Tested if We Always Use Con http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x54178372 Do I Still Need to Get Tested if We Always Use Condoms? <BR> <BR> Form of HIV transition <BR> Jul 10, 2013 <BR> <BR> Hi shannon,my partner is + and am -, his viral load is undetected but I still have concern about how the virus is transmitted ,we use condoms 99% of the time, but other 1% we don't and he deosn't get erection,my question is for me to get the virus do I have to have wound,cuts ,open sore ,abrasions, some where in my body as a port of entry for this virus to enter,but if I don'... Thu, 18 Jul 2013 15:56:24 EST Are Generics Less Effective Than Brand Name Drugs? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x54165986 Original vs Generic <BR> Jul 14, 2013 <BR> <BR> I am a 50 yrs old male and have been diagnosed HIV+ in early Jan 2013. Doc started me on Atripla which was not bad at all. (very few side effects). When I applied at my med. aid for chronic meds they said I had to use generic (Odimune) which I started on 01 Jul 2013. I am now experiencing bad side effects (nightmares, loss of appetite, night sweats). Does my body need to adjust as it is only a week with Odimune (I certainly hope this is the cas... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 16:35:43 EST Stopped Taking Meds: What's My Life Expectancy? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x54165568 Stopped taking meds for 6 months <BR> Jul 12, 2013 <BR> <BR> Stopped taking meds for 6 months going on 7 months now was diagnosed July of 2012 what is life expectancy and should I get back on meds ? <BR> <BR> Response from Dr. Young <BR> <BR> Hello and thanks for posting. <BR> <BR> I can't say specifically what *your* life expectancy is or might be off of treatment, as this is dependent on a number of factors, particularly what your baseline and current CD4 count values are and your ini... Wed, 17 Jul 2013 15:43:12 EST What Is Considered "Moderate" Drinking? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x54082618 Alcohol <BR> Jun 8, 2013 <BR> <BR> I was recently diagnosed with HIV a couple of months ago. I've been hesitant consuming alcohol for the fear that it would cause some negative impact on my HIV medication; however my Dr. informed that it was okay to drink alcohol moderately even though I'm on HIV meds. my question to you is...Are there certain types of alcohol that I should stay away from? Are there certain mix drinks I should stay from. through a friend I was told that Vodka is best to drin... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 03:43:09 EST Five-Drug Cocktail Fights HIV Reservoir During Acu http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x54082614 Five-Drug Cocktail Fights HIV Reservoir During Acute Infection <BR> <BR> July 2, 2013 <BR> <BR> Five-Drug Cocktail Fights HIV Reservoir During Acute Infection <BR> <BR> Preliminary findings of a research study involving a five-drug antiretroviral (ARV) cocktail have found that people who start the therapy during acute (or very early) infection experience a marked drop in viral DNA integrated into cells when compared with those living with HIV for some time before beginning the intensified ... Thu, 11 Jul 2013 03:40:16 EST Stem-cell therapy wipes out HIV in two patients http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x53992720 <BR> <BR> LONDON - Two men with HIV have been off AIDS drugs for several months after receiving stem-cell transplants for cancer that appear to have cleared the virus from their bodies, researchers reported on Wednesday. <BR> <BR> Both patients, who were treated in Boston and had been on long-term drug therapy to control their HIV, received stem-cell transplants after developing lymphoma, a type of blood cancer. <BR> <BR> Since the transplants, doctors have been unable to find any eviden... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 20:06:57 EST What Can You Do If You're Fired For Being HIV Posi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x53989027 What Can You Do If You're Fired For Being HIV Positive? <BR> <BR> Fired after telling boss HIV positive <BR> Jun 29, 2013 <BR> <BR> What can I do? My brother told his boss that he was HIV positive the next day his boss fired him. No write ups, good bonuses & nice raises during his employment of 3 years( not sure on the employment years it might be 4 years)Do you think he needs to contact a lawyer? Employer has denied unemployment benefits too. <BR> <BR> Response from Ms. Douaihy <BR> <B... Wed, 3 Jul 2013 14:13:52 EST How Safe is Unprotected Oral Sex for Mixed-Status http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x53978188 Serodiscordant Question Regarding Oral Sex <BR> May 30, 2013 <BR> <BR> Hello there, I have been HIV positive since 2008, started Atripla in 2011 and have been undetectable with a steady CD4 range around 500 ever since. I am dating someone who is negative, and when we have conventional sex we always use protection, but my concern is unprotected oral sex. I have never ejaculated during oral with my negative partner, but I do have pre-ejaculate every time. With my health being in relatively dec... Tue, 2 Jul 2013 19:05:25 EST Interactive Map: Persons Living with an HIV Diagno http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x53974430 Persons Living with an HIV Diagnosis, 2010 <BR> <BR> <link>aidsvu.org/map </link> Tue, 2 Jul 2013 12:36:15 EST Talking To Kids About HIV http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x53911224 Found a cool article from HIV Plus about how to talk to kids about HIV and even tips about adopting HIV positive children. <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.hivplusmag.com/case-studies/yout<BR>h/2013/06/25/watch-raising-kids-hiv </link> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 15:20:40 EST 10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Begin HIV http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x53911024 10 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Begin HIV Treatment <BR> <BR> By Heidi Nass; edited by Myles Helfand <BR> From TheBody.com <BR> <BR> <link>www.thebody.com/content/63256/10-que<BR>stions-to-ask-yourself-before-you-begi<BR>n-hiv.html?ic=700100 </link> Thu, 27 Jun 2013 15:00:13 EST Are My HIV Meds Causing Kidney Disease? How Do I F http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x53893600 Are My HIV Meds Causing Kidney Disease? How Do I Find Out? <BR> <BR> <BR> Jun 18, 2013 <BR> <BR> I have been on many combinations of HIV drugs since 1989. After years of HAART I have developed CKD at stage 3 and CAD. Recently, I have had to suspend meds on several occasions because I get very ill with symptoms akin to CKD progression. My blood and urine labs do not indicate CKD progression (Stable EFGR 47%.Are there more specific tests to determine HIV drug toxicity?, if so, what are they?... Wed, 26 Jun 2013 09:19:16 EST Searching for HIV in Timothy Brown, the Berlin P http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x53871415 Searching for HIV in Timothy Brown, the Berlin Patient <BR> <BR> May 10, 2013 <BR> <BR> Last year Steven Yukl from UCSF presented the results of an exhaustive search for HIV genetic material in Timothy Brown (aka the Berlin Patient) -- the one adult individual considered cured of the infection. The study engendered controversy, because a few of the multiple independent laboratories that participated did obtain positive readings for trace amounts of HIV RNA and DNA in some blood and tissue ... Mon, 24 Jun 2013 17:30:32 EST Researchers Discover How HIV Destroys Immune Cells http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x53819472 NIH Scientists Discover How HIV Kills Immune Cells: Findings Have Implications for HIV Treatment <BR> <BR> From U.S. National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases <BR> <BR> June 5, 2013 <BR> <BR> WHAT: <BR> Untreated HIV infection destroys a person’s immune system by killing infection-fighting cells, but precisely when and how HIV wreaks this destruction has been a mystery until now. New research by scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of th... Thu, 20 Jun 2013 14:06:20 EST What's an Easy, Healthy Diet for People Living Wit http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x53807677 What's an Easy, Healthy Diet for People Living With HIV? <BR> <BR> Jun 13, 2013 <BR> <BR> So I am wondering what food groups and portions to eat when. I have an office job but do p90x every afternoon followed some days with rugby training. I am healthy, 5'10 about 78kg. Should I be trying to eat certain foods before or after weight or cardio exercise, i know a mixed diet is important but i dont know how mixed, do i need a daily plan or a weekly plan, i am more concerned with simple and nutr... Wed, 19 Jun 2013 16:09:32 EST Which Types of Alcohol Should I Avoid While on HIV http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x53795769 from thebody.com <BR> <BR> Can I drink alcohol? <BR> Jun 16, 2013 <BR> <BR> I was recently diagnosed with HIV a couple of months ago. I've been hesitant consuming alcohol for fear that it would cause some negative impact on my HIV medication; however my doctor informed me that it was okay to drink alcohol moderately even though I'm on HIV meds. My question to you is...Are there certain types of alcohol that I should stay away from? Are there certain mix drinks I should stay from? A friend t... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 18:25:24 EST HIV Criminalization Amendment to U.S. Defense Bill http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x53792493 HIV Criminalization Amendment to U.S. Defense Bill Approved <BR> <BR> June 14, 2013 <BR> <BR> HIV Criminalization Amendment to U.S. Defense Bill Approved <BR> <BR> The U.S. House of Representatives has approved an amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to require the Department of Defense to review its policies and prosecutions related to HIV-positive members of the military, The American Independent reports. The bipartisan amendment would require a report in no later t... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 12:45:14 EST We're Not in the '80s Anymore, Toto: What Hollywoo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x53789284 We're Not in the '80s Anymore, Toto: What Hollywood Can Do About HIV Stigma <BR> <BR> By Scott McPherson <BR> From TheBody.com <BR> <BR> June 1, 2013 <BR> Scott McPherson <BR> <BR> Scott McPherson <BR> <BR> This op-ed originally appeared on Advocate.com. <BR> <BR> Since HIV was discovered in 1981, a magical twister hasn't blown us all away. No farmhouses have fallen onto ruby-soled witches. And no one has mastered the art of traveling by bubble. But in the realm of the HIV epidemic, we a... Tue, 18 Jun 2013 08:58:56 EST Advances Worldwide in Advocacy Against HIV Crimina http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x53697347 Advances Worldwide in Advocacy Against HIV Criminalization <BR> <BR> from poz.com <BR> <BR> June 7, 2013 <BR> <BR> Advances Worldwide in Advocacy Against HIV Criminalization <BR> <BR> A new report shows that significant advances have been made worldwide against inappropriate criminal laws and prosecutions for HIV nondisclosure, according to a statement by the Global Network of People Living with HIV (GNP+) and the HIV Justice Network, which coauthored the report. Advancing HIV Justice rev... Tue, 11 Jun 2013 10:28:18 EST NIH Scientists Discover How HIV Kills Immune Cells http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x53642338 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE <BR> Wednesday, June 5, 2013 <BR> <BR> MEDIA AVAILABILITY <BR> NIH Scientists Discover How HIV Kills Immune Cells <BR> Findings Have Implications for HIV Treatment <BR> <BR> WHAT: <BR> Untreated HIV infection destroys a person’s immune system by killing infection-fighting cells, but precisely when and how HIV wreaks this destruction has been a mystery until now. New research by scientists at the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, part of the Nationa... Fri, 7 Jun 2013 08:18:34 EST Supercomputer Helps Define HIV Capsid Structure http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x53635001 from AIDSMEDS.com <BR> <BR> <BR> May 29, 2013 <BR> <BR> Supercomputer Helps Define HIV Capsid Structure <BR> <BR> For the first time, scientists have identified the precise atomic structure of the HIV capsid, which is the container of viral genes the virus inserts into human immune cells. This discovery, which was aided by the massively powerful Blue Waters supercomputer at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, may help in the development of new HIV therapies that would attack the... Thu, 6 Jun 2013 17:16:59 EST The Immune System, Aging, and HIV http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x53620157 A new report from TAG on the current scientific knowledge regarding the HIV connection to aging. <BR> <BR> from aidsmeds.com <BR> <BR> The Immune System, Aging, and HIV <BR> By Tim Horn on June 4, 2013 12:33 PM <BR> <BR> Little more than a decade ago, it was almost inconceivable that the issue of aging with HIV infection would emerge as an important concern. But it has now become clear that antiretroviral therapy can suppress virus replication for many years--likely for life--in most peopl... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 15:44:36 EST What Are the Benefits of Fish Oil? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x53613738 from thebody.com <BR> <BR> FISH OIL <BR> May 29, 2013 <BR> <BR> Hello Doctor, <BR> <BR> I have read with an article call fish oil is very good for health in improving the immune system and also helps in preventing the type 2 diabetes.Can you please assist me doctor do you suggest that to take the fish oil in which mode (tablet or direct fish).Thanks a lot to you in advance doctor, Nani <BR> <BR> <BR> Response from Dr. Henry <BR> <BR> Though highly promoted (many would say over promoted... Wed, 5 Jun 2013 07:28:31 EST A New Line of Attack? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x53534844 from poz.com <BR> <BR> May 29, 2013 <BR> <BR> Supercomputer Helps Define HIV Capsid Structure <BR> <BR> For the first time, scientists have identified the precise atomic structure of the HIV capsid, which is the container of viral genes the virus inserts into human immune cells. This discovery, which was aided by the massively powerful Blue Waters supercomputer at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, may help in the development of new HIV therapies that would attack the capsid. Si... Thu, 30 May 2013 11:17:49 EST Liver Transplants Are a Viable Option for People W http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x53524315 May 20, 2013 <BR> <BR> Liver Transplants Are a Viable Option for People With HIV <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.aidsmeds.com/articles/liver_tran<BR>splant_1667_23953.shtml </link> Wed, 29 May 2013 15:03:31 EST Frequently Asked Questions: HIV Viral Load Tests http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x53345375 from thebody.com <BR> <BR> FAQs About HIV Viral Load Tests <BR> <BR> From The Body's "Ask the Experts" Forums <BR> <BR> February 27, 2013 <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.thebody.com/content/39445/faqs-a<BR>bout-hiv-viral-load-tests.html?ic=700101 </link> Tue, 14 May 2013 17:26:03 EST Should I Start Treatment Despite My High CD4 Count http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x53345367 from thebody.com <BR> <BR> Apr 27, 2013 <BR> <BR> Hi Dr Mark <BR> <BR> It is true that All positive people should start medication ??? .. Now I have been HIV+ for 18 months off medication and my values are 1180 VL and CD4 1091 and always same or around this values . I checked it every 4 months ... What do u think? Thanks so much. <BR> <BR> <BR> Response from Dr. Holodniy <BR> <BR> That is the current thinking and recommendation. However, given your normal CD4 count and low viral load l... Tue, 14 May 2013 17:24:30 EST Are Probiotic and Prebiotic Supplements Safe for P http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x53345329 from thebody.com <BR> <BR> Are Probiotic and Prebiotic Supplements Safe for People Living With HIV? <BR> <BR> Jan 25, 2013 <BR> <BR> Recently I read that probiotic and prebiotic supplements can help reduce inflammation in the HIV positive person. Having experienced pericarditis I was glad to hear this. However, I read another report from 2011 suggesting people with HIV should avoid those type of supplements. What's true? <BR> <BR> <BR> Response from Dr. Henry <BR> <BR> Little good publ... Tue, 14 May 2013 17:19:43 EST For a Mom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x53300900 from poz.com <BR> <BR> Mark S. King thanks his mother for learning about HIV. <BR> <BR> Perfect time for Mother's Day. The link to the video is below: <BR> <BR> <link>blogs.poz.com/marksking/2013/05/feel<BR>s_like_for_mom.html </link> Sat, 11 May 2013 07:26:10 EST The Biohazard Tattoo & HIV Stigma http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x53300879 from thebody.com <BR> <BR> Last week I thought long and hard about the reason why someone would get a bio-hazard tattoo on their body, and then I asked myself why I would get one. I decided I would get a Biohazard tattoo not because I wanted to feel better about myself being HIV positive, but it was because I felt for the people that couldn't be open about their status. There are many reasons why a person cannot be open about their status: it could be because of their family, friends, partne... Sat, 11 May 2013 07:23:12 EST Synthetic compounds from marijuana appear to fight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x53265455 from aidsmeds.com <BR> <BR> Synthetic compounds from marijuana appear to fight HIV. <BR> <BR> May 7, 2013 <BR> <BR> Synthetic Compounds From Marijuana Appear to Fight HIV <BR> <BR> Synthetic anti-inflammatory compounds derived from the active ingredient of marijuana appear to show potential as anti-HIV agents, Wired.co.uk reports. Publishing their findings in the Journal of Leukocyte Biology, researchers from Temple University School of Medicine’s Department of Pathology and Laboratory Me... Wed, 8 May 2013 09:00:55 EST When Will ObamaCare Kick in for People Living With http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x53258578 from thebody.com <BR> <BR> When Will ObamaCare Kick in for People Living With HIV? <BR> <BR> May 1, 2013 <BR> <BR> First of all, thanks for all your information on here. I recently left my job and am paying around $400 a month to keep my health insurance. I have this for one year. Mu question is, I was offered a new job, but the company does not offer insurance yet. It is in the works. When do they legally need to offer insurance to full time employees under Obamacare? Also is there a chea... Tue, 7 May 2013 18:15:10 EST Will I Ever Get Used to Being HIV Positive? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x53258540 from thebody.com <BR> <BR> May 1, 2013 <BR> <BR> hi Rev I was tested hiv+ 8 yrs now i found out when i was pregnant. my daughter is negative and im doing fine, im also a christian, but at times im depressed. I cant get use to it. I feel so hurt at times with the stigma that attached to the virus. Will I ever get married? will I ever get use to the fact? please I need help! Im posting from Jamaica. <BR> <BR> <BR> Response from Rev. Brown <BR> <BR> Dear Friend: I am saddend to hear that a... Tue, 7 May 2013 18:12:26 EST Does Alternative Medicine Help Treat HIV? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x53226986 from thebody.com <BR> <BR> <BR> Apr 28, 2013 <BR> <BR> I was just diagnosed as HIV positive this week. I am an average well educated 52 year old heterosexual woman, who is five years divorced after 30 years of marriage. I have only had 4 sex partners and no history of drug use. I am still trying to digest this and figure out what to do. I still have thoughts that maybe the test was flawed in some way and this will all go away. I am reading that there is apparently little hope of that, so I... Sun, 5 May 2013 09:54:08 EST Insight on Protein That Blocks HIV Replication May http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x53177585 Insight on Protein That Blocks HIV Replication May Help Battle Viral Reservoir <BR> <BR> April 22, 2013 <BR> <BR> Insight on Protein That Blocks HIV Replication May Help Battle Viral Reservoir <BR> <BR> Researchers have discovered the regulation process for a protein that prevents HIV from making copies of itself in white blood cells. This finding provides insight that may lead to new ways to prevent HIV reservoirs from forming, or to eliminate those that persist in the face of antiretrovi... Wed, 1 May 2013 10:04:46 EST What Does "96% Reduction in HIV Transmission Risk" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x53169555 from thebody.com <BR> <BR> <BR> Apr 10, 2013 <BR> <BR> Dear Shannon. <BR> <BR> I hope you are well. I have already written you in one occasion and you did give me very good insights and advice - than you for that!. However, ever since your response, I have remained with a big doubt that Id appreciate if you clarified. <BR> <BR> My partner is HIV + and I am negative. As soon as he was diagnosed, he initiated treatment and after one year ( probably earlier ) his VL is undetectable ( yupi !... Tue, 30 Apr 2013 18:55:43 EST Scientists May Be On Brink Of Major Discovery In H http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x53130002 Scientists May Be On Brink Of Major Discovery In Hunt For HIV Cure <BR> <BR> Jake Wallis-Simons, The Daily Telegraph | Apr. 27, 2013, 2:58 PM <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.businessinsider.com/scientists-m<BR>ay-be-on-the-brink-of-a-cure-for-hiv-2<BR>013-4 </link> Sat, 27 Apr 2013 17:12:01 EST Researchers Hoping to Replicate Case of Functional http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x53096243 Researchers Hoping to Replicate Case of Functionally Cured Child <BR> <BR> April 11, 2013 <BR> <BR> Researchers Hoping to Replicate Case of Functionally Cured Child <BR> <BR> Following on the heels of the case of the Mississippi child apparently functionally cured of HIV, a group of scientists is laying the groundwork for an attempt to replicate the case in other children, Nature Medicine reports. The research team that announced the findings about the child in March will meet with other s... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 18:35:15 EST FDA Updates Atripla Label http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x53096226 April 22, 2013 <BR> <BR> FDA Updates Atripla Label <BR> <BR> The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has made changes to the label for the single-pill HIV antiretroviral combination therapy Atripla (efavirenz/emtricitabine/tenofovir). Among those changes and additions are: <BR> <BR> An advisory against taking Atripla with Stribild (elvitegravir/cobicistat/emtricitabine/ten<BR>ofovir). <BR> Information on drug interaction for raltegravir, boceprevir and telaprevir. <BR> Addi... Wed, 24 Apr 2013 18:33:12 EST Is Cleansing Safe for People Living With HIV? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x53083874 from thebody.com <BR> <BR> My husband is HIV + and wants to lose a little weight, I use a product called advocare that helps with general health and also helps with weight loss. One of the first steps of this product is that you have to do a 10 day cleanse. I am worried that if he does this cleanse it might strip his HIV meds from his system..He is taking Atripla, do you know if this cleanse would interfere with that? <BR> <BR> <BR> Response from Dr. Holodniy <BR> <BR> Although the speci... Tue, 23 Apr 2013 19:23:47 EST Genetic Alert System Allows Some to Better Control http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x53006421 Genetic Alert System Allows Some to Better Control HIV Than Others <BR> <BR> from aidsmeds.com <BR> <BR> April 16, 2013 <BR> <BR> Genetic Alert System Allows Some to Better Control HIV Than Others <BR> <BR> The gene known as human leukocyte antigen C (HLA-C) is instrumental in alerting the immune system to HIV’s presence, and variability in its levels in the body may help explain why some people can control the virus better than others, ABC Science reports. Following up on previous studie... Wed, 17 Apr 2013 16:41:24 EST Advice on Having Safer Sex With HIV-Negative Partn http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x52994426 Advice on Having Safer Sex With HIV-Negative Partners <BR> <BR> from thebody.com <BR> <BR> Dating someone negative <BR> Apr 8, 2013 <BR> <BR> I recently started dating a guy who is HIV negative and I am HIV positive and we are a homosexual couple. His biggest concern is being sexual and I just want to make sure I can answer all of his questions. What are all the risk factors and and safety tips that need to take like including things like oral sex as well. My T-cell count is amazing and my... Tue, 16 Apr 2013 19:31:42 EST POZ Stories http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x52926535 <link>www.poz.com/poz_stories.shtml </link> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 14:31:07 EST Assistance Programs Can Help Pay for Your Meds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x52926345 <link>www.thebody.com/content/71007/dont-b<BR>reak-the-bank-assistance-programs-can-<BR>help-p.html?ic=700100 </link> Thu, 11 Apr 2013 14:09:17 EST Mixing Cocktails With Your Cocktail? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x52910984 from thebody.com <BR> <BR> <BR> Choosing Alcohol Over HIV Meds? New Study Examines Why People With HIV Skip Treatment When Drinking <BR> <BR> By Warren Tong <BR> From TheBodyPRO.com <BR> <BR> Half of HIV-positive individuals who are on treatment and drink alcohol skip taking their HIV medications on purpose, under the erroneous belief that mixing antiretrovirals and alcohol is harmful, according to a prospective study presented at the 7th International Conference on HIV Treatment and Prev... Wed, 10 Apr 2013 12:43:10 EST Findings on 'Broadly Neutralizing Antibodies' May http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x52898851 Findings on 'Broadly Neutralizing Antibodies' May Be Key to HIV Vaccine <BR> <BR> April 4, 2013 <BR> <BR> For the first time, scientists have mapped the coevolution of HIV and the corresponding immune response in a single person, providing vital clues that may help in the development of a vaccine, The New York Times reports. Publishing their findings in the online edition of the journal Nature, scientists sponsored by the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) analyze... Tue, 9 Apr 2013 15:59:23 EST Heading off to Darwin http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x52858048 We're taking the train to Darwin, leave at noon today, arrive Tuesday evening. <BR> <BR> See you all then! <BR> <BR> And yes, I'm trying to get a few more points since I won't be online for a day or two (gasp!) <BR> <BR> <em>213</em> Sat, 6 Apr 2013 19:35:42 EST Support? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x52825599 I don't have HIV/Aids. I have no IDEA of the trials and fears that come with this disease - living with it or having a partner that has it. The strength is extraordinary. <BR> <BR> What can I do to help? How do you make it better when you can't relate? Thu, 4 Apr 2013 11:13:47 EST Low CD4s, Not Viral Load, Increase Risk of Non-AID http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x52813700 Low CD4s, Not Viral Load, Increase Risk of Non-AIDS Diseases for Those Off Treatment <BR> <BR> March 25, 2013 <BR> <BR> People with untreated HIV whose CD4s drop below 350 have more than twice the risk of developing serious non-AIDS diseases as those with levels above 500, while their viral load seems unrelated to the risk, the National AIDS Treatment Advocacy Project reports. Presenting their findings at the 20th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (CROI) in Atlanta, re... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 14:52:37 EST Many People on Therapy for HIV Should Qualify for http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x52813681 Many People on Therapy for HIV Should Qualify for Life Insurance <BR> <BR> April 1, 2013 <BR> <BR> Many People on Therapy for HIV Should Qualify for Life Insurance <BR> <BR> Thanks to the success of modern antiretrovirals (ARVs), many people with HIV on successful treatment have a low enough mortality risk to qualify for life insurance, a group of European researchers argue. Currently, life insurance policies are largely unavailable to people living with HIV. Seeking to determine how HIV-p... Wed, 3 Apr 2013 14:50:51 EST Do You Write Poetry? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x52802345 Now accepting all poems about HIV! April is National Poetry Month in the U.S., and throughout the month we'll be posting your poems about living with, or being affected by, HIV. To submit, please email your poems to content@thebody.com with the subject line "Poetry: [Title of Your Piece]." If you'd rather send us a poem without having to use email, use our feedback page. You can leave out any contact information, but please write "POETRY" at the top of the form so we can spot it easily. <BR>... Tue, 2 Apr 2013 20:27:24 EST Sexless Marriage: How Do We Get the Intimacy Back? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x52710532 from thebody.com <BR> <BR> Mar 4, 2013 <BR> <BR> We are a serodiscordant couple in an odd situation. We found out one of us has been poz for 10+ years after we had been together for 10 yrs. A "false negative" led us to this point. And, although there are many "magnetic" couples out there, we have yet to meet anyone in our situation. Fear, anger, etc. has left us with a sexless marriage. Any input or suggestions for types of counseling will be greatly appreciated. After three sexless years w... Wed, 27 Mar 2013 04:45:24 EST U.S. Senate Committee Passes HIV Organ Policy Equi http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x52701903 U.S. Senate Committee Passes HIV Organ Policy Equity Act <BR> <BR> March 25, 2013 <BR> <BR> U.S. Senate Committee Passes HIV Organ Policy Equity Act <BR> <BR> Legislation to end the federal ban on research into organ donations between HIV-positive people has passed a U.S. Senate committee, according to a statement by Senators Barbara Boxer (D–Calif.) and Tom Coburn (R–Okla.), who coauthored the bill. The Senate Health, Education, Labor & Pensions (HELP) Committee passed the HIV Organ Polic... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 13:23:14 EST Reinventing the Condom http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x52700393 March 25, 2013 <BR> <BR> Reinventing the Condom <BR> by Papa Salif Sow & Stephen Ward <BR> <BR> Why is the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation seeking ideas for the next generation of condoms? <BR> <BR> Stephen Ward <BR> Stephen Ward <BR> Papa Salif Sow <BR> Papa Salif Sow <BR> <BR> What is one of the oldest medical devices in existence? What is the most effective method of preventing sexual transmission of HIV? What medical product is so simple that it can easily be manufactured by the mil... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:15:22 EST ‘Test-An d-Treat’ Would Slow HIV Spread, Improve H http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x52700370 ‘Test-And-Treat’ Would Slow HIV Spread, Improve Health Outcomes, but Raise Drug Resistance <BR> <BR> March 25, 2013 <BR> <BR> ‘Test-And-Treat’ Would Slow HIV Spread, Improve Health Outcomes, but Raise Drug Resistance <BR> <BR> The public health policy of “test-and-treat”—testing widely for HIV and treating people immediately regardless of health status—would lower HIV transmission, AIDS and death rates, but double the rate of multidrug resistance (MDR) to antiretrovirals, according to a ma... Tue, 26 Mar 2013 11:13:54 EST Howdy! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x37262x52649265 I'm new to this team, but not to SP. I live in a rural village near Albuquerque with my partner Wes who is a long-term AIDS survivor. He's been positive since the early 80s and was diagnosed with AIDS in the 90s. I've joined this team as support for others living with or impacted by HIV/AIDS. <BR> <BR> Despite suffering a massive stroke in 2010, Wes is healthy and has had an undetectable viral load & CD4 count in the 600s for several years now. The stroke, which his doctor believes was a... Fri, 22 Mar 2013 15:31:40 EST Rae Lewis-Thornton: Each New Day http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x52642578 By Rae Lewis-Thornton <BR> <BR> March 4, 2013 <BR> <BR> Back at the beginning of February I thought I wouldn't make it to March without cracking up, but I did. I did it one day at a time.; embracing whatever came my way each new day. And each new day got me closer and closer to better. <BR> <BR> I know I make it sound simple. When you are going through, tomorrow seems impossible. But as sure as I'm alive and today is Monday, each new day has a miracle in it! Fri, 22 Mar 2013 05:38:04 EST HIV And Blood Donation http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x52624111 I know that it can be a hot topic and I don't know if it has been brought up here recently, but it is worth talking over. It doesn't concern me personally, but it does many people including many of my dear spark friends here. What are your thoughts on how blood banks and hospitals deal with people who want to give blood and may either have HIV or are at a higher risk for contracting it? Wed, 20 Mar 2013 20:35:17 EST Blood Tests You Need http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x52618035 3.20.13 <BR> <BR> In order for you and your health care provider to know how best to fight your HIV infection, you will need to have some blood tests on a regular basis. This will help you closely monitor your health and any possible damage that HIV or the drugs you're taking might cause. In addition to common blood tests like a Complete Blood Count (CBC), and a Chem-Screen (CS), you will need to do two more tests that help measure the progression of HIV disease: <BR> <BR> CD4 cell Count: A... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 11:20:11 EST Fourteen people with HIV achieve a "functional cur http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x52617680 Proof of Concept?: Fourteen people with HIV achieve a "functional cure" in France. <BR> <BR> March 18, 2013 <BR> <BR> 14 French People With HIV Have Achieved ‘Functional Cure’ <BR> <BR> Following on the heels of groundbreaking news that an American baby has apparently achieved a “functional cure” of HIV comes the announcement that 14 French adults treated within two months of infection also maintain undetectable virus levels after stopping antiretroviral (ARV) therapy, MedPage Today report... Wed, 20 Mar 2013 10:59:41 EST How Can I Know When I Was Exposed to HIV and Who I http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x52609850 How Can I Know When I Was Exposed to HIV and Who Infected Me? <BR> <BR> from thebody.com <BR> <BR> November 19, 2012 <BR> Dr. Bruce Rashbaum <BR> <BR> We fielded a question recently on www.napwa.org, and passed it on to Dr. Bruce Rashbaum. <BR> <BR> Here's the question (personal details edited out!): <BR> <BR> I have a question for you. I was diagnosed with HIV two years ago, and it was very hard for me to accept the fact. I had been with the same man for 11 years. I do not see him anym... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 21:22:47 EST Healthy Eating Advice for People Living With HIV http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x52609811 from thebody.com <BR> <BR> Question: <BR> <BR> Mar 15, 2013 <BR> <BR> I've been HIV + for 7yrs started treatment 4 years ago (Lam&#305;vod&#305;ne,tenofov&#305;r and stocr&#305;n)&#305;'ve ga&#305;ned lot of we&#305;ght but st&#305;ll &#305;n shape.Any d&#305;et for HIV + female? <BR> <BR> <BR> Response from Mr. Vergel <BR> <BR> I would read this video and article and try to follow most of its suggestions: <BR> <BR> Nelson's Nutrition Tips Video <BR> <BR> <link>www.thebody.com/con... Tue, 19 Mar 2013 21:20:55 EST Maria T. Mejia: Time to Show My Face and Take the http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x52590333 Maria T. Mejia: Time to Show My Face and Take the Stigma Away <BR> <BR> from thebody.com <BR> <BR> <link>www.thebody.com/content/art60152.htm<BR>l?ic=700100 </link> Mon, 18 Mar 2013 16:00:50 EST New to the team http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x37262x52546743 Hello everyone, I'm new to the team but not to SP. I'm here to lend support. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 12:34:37 EST Greetings http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x37262x52544864 Howdy all! I'm Kitty and I'm here to offer any and all support I can. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 10:18:56 EST A newbie here. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x37262x52542887 Hey everyone, some fresh meat here. I'm Kristy and here to support everyone. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 08:12:06 EST Bee Venom: The Next Anti-HIV Agent? A Proof-of-Con http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x52541601 Bee Venom: The Next Anti-HIV Agent? A Proof-of-Concept Study Says Yes <BR> <BR> from poz.com <BR> <BR> March 13, 2013 <BR> <BR> Bee Venom: The Next Anti-HIV Agent? A Proof-of-Concept Study Says Yes <BR> <BR> Nanoparticles filled with a toxin called melittin that’s found in bee venom can destroy HIV and have a benign effect on surrounding cells, Medical News Today reports. Publishing the results of their proof-of-concept study in the March 2013 issue of Antiviral Therapy, researchers from ... Fri, 15 Mar 2013 05:46:29 EST Can I Temporarily Switch Back to Old, Unused HIV M http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x52507459 from thebody.com <BR> <BR> Question: Can I Temporarily Switch Back to Old, Unused HIV Meds? <BR> Mar 1, 2013 <BR> <BR> Hi doc, <BR> <BR> I am currently on Kivexa and Stocrin and have been for 2 years after changing from Truvada and Stocrin which I used for 4 months. I changed due to my osteopenia diagnosis and slight rising blood creatine on Truvada. <BR> <BR> I have 3 boxes of Truvada left that I am not using and dont want to waste the meds (costly) upon their soon to be expiry date. Is ... Tue, 12 Mar 2013 21:28:26 EST The Brain as the Ideal Reservoir for HIV, Foiling http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x52423481 The Brain as the Ideal Reservoir for HIV, Foiling Eradication Attempts <BR> <BR> February 27, 2013 <BR> <BR> The Brain as the Ideal Reservoir for HIV, Foiling Eradication Attempts <BR> <BR> With the blood-brain barrier preventing antiretrovirals (ARVs) from gaining easy access to its tissues, the brain provides a protected reservoir for HIV, where the virus develops brain-specific mutations that allow it to become more virulent against the central nervous system (CNS). Publishing their com... Thu, 7 Mar 2013 05:41:27 EST Does Green Tea Affect HIV or Interact With HIV Tre http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x52401284 from thebody.com <BR> <BR> <BR> Question: <BR> Does drinking Chinese tea (Gunpowder or Green Tea) affect HIV treatment? I have HIV and I have been used to drinking Chinese green tea in my country. Now I have started treatment for HIV. Is it good for me to drink this tea without affecting my treatment? <BR> <BR> <BR> Response from Dr. Fawcett <BR> <BR> Thanks for writing. There are some very preliminary data that suggest that a compound in green tea called EGCG may have some antiviral ef... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 16:11:33 EST Baby Cured of HIV http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x52397922 March 4, 2013 <BR> <BR> Baby Born With HIV Is Functionally Cured <BR> <BR> Deborah Persaud, MD, associate professor of infectious diseases at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center and lead author of the report <BR> Deborah Persaud, MD, associate professor of infectious diseases at the Johns Hopkins Children's Center and lead author of the report. <BR> In a first for HIV medicine, a baby has been functionally cured of HIV after physicians treated the infant with antiretrovirals (ARVs) beginnin... Tue, 5 Mar 2013 11:23:46 EST in or out of the HIV closet http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x52370580 I have made a new decision about disclosing my status. I have decided I could not care less who knows. Not that i will be running door to door announcing the fact, but i have found that hiding my status makes me stressed and sick. my boyfriend was having a bit of a problem with this decision until i told him how important it was to me to be out n the open. I am hoping to join my State Community Advisory Board in the fall and disclosure is a requirement as we lobby at the statehouse and the p... Sun, 3 Mar 2013 16:46:15 EST Resource Center on Keeping Up With Your HIV Meds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x52280998 <link>www.thebody.com/content/63615/keepin<BR>g-up-with-your-hiv-meds-home.html?ic=7<BR>00100 </link> Mon, 25 Feb 2013 16:09:18 EST What Are the Benefits of Taking DHEA Supplements? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x52095844 From thebody.com <BR> <BR> Question: <BR> <BR> DHEA <BR> Aug 13, 2012 <BR> <BR> Hello <BR> <BR> Could you provide a status with the ability of dhea to bo a good complement to haart in maintaining a long a healthy life with hiv? <BR> <BR> <BR> Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA) is a steroid hormone produced by the adrenal glands in men and women. The adrenal glands are located on top of the kidneys. <BR> <BR> DHEA is the most common steroid in humans. It can be transformed in the body into... Tue, 12 Feb 2013 14:11:11 EST What Are the Benefits of Aspirin for People Living http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x52018424 What Are the Benefits of Aspirin for People Living With HIV? <BR> <BR> Question from thebody.com <BR> <BR> Hi Doc <BR> <BR> I had a thought- I know one of the concerns that HIV patients have is increasing effects of long term inflammation. Is something as simple as taking aspirin a good idea for HIV patients to consider? <BR> <BR> Thanks Mike <BR> <BR> <BR> Answer: <BR> <BR> Response from Dr. Young <BR> <BR> Hi Mike and thanks for posting your interesting question. <BR> <BR> Aspiri... Thu, 7 Feb 2013 07:15:39 EST Team Challenge - Nutrition, Fitness, and Resisting http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x52001426 Okay team, let's see if we can generate some activity here! <BR> <BR> From now until the last day of Feb, Members of the Challenge are going to track: <BR> 1. Eating within your range - get 10 points <BR> 2. Cardio & Strength Training - 1 point per 5 minutes of cardio or ST (just like SparkPeople does, max 24 points) <BR> 3. Resisting your (fill in the blank - whatever you are resisting right now, for whatever reason - pizza, ice cream, alcohol, whatever) - get 10 points if you resist, los... Wed, 6 Feb 2013 04:43:26 EST 2.5.12: Updated Posts Coming Soon http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x51991610 I hope this finds everyone in good spirits, happy and healthy. Updated news and information will be coming soon. <BR> <BR> <em>220</em> Tue, 5 Feb 2013 13:41:19 EST Hey team - do we need a challenge to get you back? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x51871628 I've noticed a lot of our team has become no-shows - either busy with other things, or drifting off. <BR> <BR> So do we need a challenge to get more people involved? Back on track? A fitness challenge? A nutrition challenge? Maybe tracking our steps or miles and hitting a certain goal? <BR> <BR> What works for you all? Mon, 28 Jan 2013 22:11:22 EST Anyone Still Here? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x51835393 I see we no longer have a team leader, but are there still members here? Of all the Spark Teams this is the only one I can be completely open with. Sat, 26 Jan 2013 16:28:51 EST Rally Time! Give Support http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x50872415 Hi Wonderful Team! <BR> <BR> Our fearless leader, Kelly (A.K.A. SEASONS_CHANGE) is having a rough time in his personal life and has take a leave of absence from SparkPeople. <BR> <BR> He has taken his SP page down temporarily, but I have his personal email address. <BR> <BR> What I would like to ask is that you guys post some words of encouragement to him here and I will collect them on Tuesday and send screen shots of your support to him by email so that he knows we have his back even whe... Sun, 18 Nov 2012 06:04:55 EST New DVD Releases for 11.6.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x50682227 HORROR <BR> <BR> The Pact Starring Casper Van Dien and Caity Lotz (2012) ((looks good)) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=UjBT7z3lhf8 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Rec 3 Starring Diego Martin (2012) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6SPpN7nH7U </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> ********************************** <BR> <BR> Gay Themed <BR> <BR> Kiss Me Starring Lena Endre, Krister Henriksson, Liv Mjönes, et al. (2012 <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=gCIGwgntcD8 </link> ... Sun, 4 Nov 2012 08:23:24 EST New Movies in Theaters: 11.2.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x50656910 Wreck-It Ralph (2012) <BR> <BR> Certificate PG 108 min - Animation | Comedy | Family <BR> Metascore: 72/100 (27 reviews) <BR> A video game villain wants to be a hero and sets out to fulfill his dream, but his quest brings havoc to the whole arcade where he lives. <BR> Director:Rich Moore <BR> Stars:John C. Reilly, Jack McBrayer, Jane Lynch, Sarah Silverman <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt1772341/#lb </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Man with the Iron Fists (2012) <BR> <BR> Certif... Fri, 2 Nov 2012 10:28:20 EST Antibody Response Outwits HIV http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x50617358 October 25, 2012 <BR> <BR> In Potential Vaccine Breakthrough, Antibody Response Outwits HIV <BR> <BR> A new discovery could prove a major stepping-stone toward developing an effective HIV vaccine. In South Africa, two women’s immune systems reacted to changes in HIV cells by producing potent “broadly neutralizing antibodies” that could kill 88 percent of HIV found throughout the world. The study, published October 24 in Nature Medicine and highlighted in a news release by the University of... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 15:16:29 EST Starting HIV Treatment May Reduce Serious Non-AIDS http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x50617178 Starting HIV Treatment May Reduce Serious Non-AIDS-Related Diseases in Newly Diagnosed, Study Finds <BR> <BR> By Warren Tong <BR> From TheBodyPRO.com <BR> October 16, 2012 <BR> <BR> from thebody.com <BR> <BR> Starting HIV antiretroviral therapy may reduce the risk of serious non-AIDS-defining diseases in individuals recently diagnosed with HIV, according to a recent Spanish study published in the journal AIDS. <BR> <BR> Although it is well known how modern HIV treatment has dramatically r... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 15:02:00 EST Could Vitamin Supplements Cause More Harm Than Goo http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x50617165 Could Vitamin Supplements Cause More Harm Than Good for HIVers on Treatment? <BR> <BR> from thebody.com <BR> <BR> It's Time to Tell Our Patients to Stop Their Vitamin Supplements <BR> By Paul E. Sax, M.D. <BR> From Journal Watch <BR> October 17, 2012 <BR> <BR> Over in JAMA, there's a large study out today that (yet again) failed to demonstrate a benefit of vitamins. <BR> <BR> Over 3000 patients with HIV in Tanzania were randomized to receive either high-dose or standard-dose multivitamin ... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 15:00:25 EST Six Reasons Why People Skip Their HIV Meds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x50617135 from thebody.com <BR> <BR> We all know why it's important to take your HIV medications every day. It keeps the virus in check, keeps you healthy and decreases your chances of becoming resistant to the meds. <BR> <BR> But let's face it: For most people, taking HIV medications every day as prescribed isn't the easiest thing to do. <BR> <BR> And anyone who says otherwise is lying. The reality is that everyday life brings with it obstacles that can block the way between you and your meds. <BR>... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 14:57:59 EST Hurricane Assistance http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x50613630 For those of you in the path of this week's big storm, I thought I would share some helpful links: <BR> <BR> If you are in need of shelter or help; <BR> <BR> <link>www.redcross.org/find-help/shelter </link> <BR> <BR> If you need to leave messages for loved ones that you are safe, or find loved ones that you have been separated from: <BR> <BR> <link>www.redcross.org/safeandwell </link> <BR> <BR> Be safe everyone!!!! For those of you in the path of this week's big storm, I thought ... Tue, 30 Oct 2012 10:31:37 EST British Man Found Guilty of Infecting Former Lover http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x50593289 British Man Found Guilty of Infecting Former Lover With HIV <BR> <BR> FACING JAIL ... Leslie Pringle was found guilty of causing grievous bodily harm by infecting his lover with HIV. <BR> <BR> <BR> Published on Friday 19 October 2012 18:57 <BR> <BR> A MAN who infected his former lover with HIV after failing to tell her he had the disease, is facing prison. <BR> <BR> Prosecutors say photographer Leslie Pringle had a “cavalier” attitude to sex and a disregard for the safety of others. <BR>... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 22:41:10 EST People with HIV should receive two pneumococcal va http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x50593237 People with HIV should receive two pneumococcal vaccines. <BR> <BR> New Pneumococcal Vaccine Recs for People Living with HIV <BR> <BR> People living with HIV should receive two different vaccines to help prevent serious strep-related illness, according to new recommendations by the Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices (ACIP) published October 12 in the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly. In addition to the long-standing recommendation t... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 22:35:56 EST 5 Amazing Pumpkin Recipes http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23249x37262x50580770 Bake a Pumpkin Pie, and Try 4 Other Great Pumpkin Recipes <BR> <BR> Jack o' Lanterns are great, but this year try our easy pumpkin recipes and tips for cooking with this seasonal squash. <BR> By Amy Ahlberg <BR> <BR> This time of year, pumpkins are everywhere. But if all you do is make them into jack o' lanterns, you're missing out on a nutritional powerhouse. The versatile pumpkin is an excellent source of beta-carotene, which our bodies use to make the eye-protecting, disease-fighting a... Sun, 28 Oct 2012 00:50:25 EST New Movies in Theaters: 10.26.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x50555784 Cloud Atlas (2012) <BR> <BR> Certificate R 172 min - Drama | Mystery | Sci-Fi <BR> Metascore: 52/100 (37 reviews) <BR> An exploration of how the actions of individual lives impact one another in the past, present and future, as one soul is shaped from a killer into a hero, and an act of kindness ripples across centuries to inspire a revolution. <BR> Directors:Tom Tykwer | Andy Wachowski | Lana Wachowski <BR> Stars:Tom Hanks, Halle Berry, Hugh Grant, Hugo Weaving <BR> <BR> <link>www.i... Fri, 26 Oct 2012 07:01:36 EST New Movies in Theaters: 10.19.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x50457221 Alex Cross (2012) <BR> <BR> Certificate PG-13 101 min - Action | Crime | Mystery | Thriller <BR> Metascore: 33/100 (26 reviews) <BR> A homicide detective is pushed to the brink of his moral and physical limits as he tangles with a ferociously skilled serial killer who specializes in torture and pain. <BR> Director:Rob Cohen <BR> Stars:Tyler Perry, Matthew Fox, Rachel Nichols, Edward Burns <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt1712170/#lb </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Paranor... Fri, 19 Oct 2012 09:29:51 EST New Movies in Theaters: 10.12.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x50354395 Argo (2012) <BR> <BR> Certificate R 120 min - Drama | Thriller <BR> As the Iranian revolution reaches a boiling point, a CIA 'exfiltration' specialist concocts a risky plan to free six Americans who have found shelter at the home of the Canadian ambassador. <BR> Director:Ben Affleck <BR> Stars:Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston, John Goodman, Alan Arkin <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt1024648/#lb </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sinister (2012) <BR> <BR> Certificate R 110 min - Horror |... Fri, 12 Oct 2012 07:11:08 EST Efavirenz (Sustiva) May Cause Memory Declines, Stu http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x50347267 Efavirenz (Sustiva) May Cause Memory Declines, Study Suggests <BR> <BR> from thebody.com <BR> <BR> A study by researchers at Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, indicates that the way the body metabolizes the antiretroviral drug, efavirenz, may cause cognitive impairment by damaging nerve cells. It had been assumed that the brain damage that occurs in approximately 50 percent of individuals with HIV was caused by the disease. Doctors had thought that getting more drugs to the bra... Thu, 11 Oct 2012 16:35:15 EST Recall List of Peanut Butter Products Expands Furt http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x50279414 Recall List of Peanut Butter Products Expands Further – <BR> <BR> The recall of products containing peanut butter and other nut butters sold by many retailers under many labels has more than doubled to 240 products, with the FDA reporting a "fast-moving outbreak" of salmonella-induced sickness in 19 states. <BR> <BR> By Charles Burress <BR> <BR> Responding to what it called a "fast-moving outbreak" of salmonella-caused sickness in at least 19 states, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration... Sun, 7 Oct 2012 09:37:03 EST Common Application Now Available for HIV Patient A http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x50250729 Common Application Now Available for HIV Patient Assistance Programs <BR> <BR> <link>www.poz.com/articles/hiv_assistance_<BR>form_761_22947.shtml </link> Fri, 5 Oct 2012 07:30:31 EST New Movies in Theaters: 10.5.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x50250225 Taken 2 (2012) <BR> <BR> Certificate PG-13 91 min - Action | Crime | Drama | Thriller <BR> Metascore: 47/100 (9 reviews) <BR> In Istanbul, retired CIA operative Bryan Mills and his wife are taken hostage by the father of a kidnapper Mills killed while rescuing his daughter. <BR> Director: Olivier Megaton <BR> Stars: Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace, Leland Orser <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt1397280/#lb </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Frankenweenie (2012) <BR> ... Fri, 5 Oct 2012 06:34:53 EST Mary Fisher's powerful speech on AIDS still inspir http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x50203558 Mary Fisher's powerful speech on AIDS still inspires 20 years later <BR> <BR> Powerful 1992 speech on AIDS still resonates today <BR> <BR> by Laura Berman <BR> <BR> Two decades ago, Mary Fisher moved a Republican National Convention audience by calling on each of those assembled to be human, to take a compassionate and public stand and embrace those who had been diagnosed with HIV and AIDS. Her oldest son, Max, was then 4; his brother Zachary, 2. <BR> <BR> "When Mary Fisher spoke like an ... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 08:15:08 EST Flu Shots? Yay or Nay? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x50201817 It's a rainy morning here in TN and quite chilly. With the Flu season approaching, do you get one every year or do you think by getting one will make you sick? I get one every year. What about you? <BR> <BR> Have a good day guys. If you made it through Monday, today will be a breeze. <BR> <BR> ********************* <BR> <BR> Flu vaccine for the 2012-13 influenza season has begun shipping from manufacturers. Shipments will continue throughout the fall. Everyone 6 months of age and older sho... Tue, 2 Oct 2012 04:22:42 EST Stribild ("Quad") Recommended as Alternative First http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x50094121 Stribild ("Quad") Recommended as Alternative First-Line HIV Treatment Regimen by U.S. Guidelines Panel <BR> <BR> By Myles Helfand <BR> From TheBody.com <BR> <BR> September 18, 2012 <BR> <BR> <link>www.thebody.com/content/69126/stribi<BR>ld-quad-recommended-as-alternative-fir<BR>st-lin.html?ic=700100 </link> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 23:21:46 EST Once-Weekly and Once-Monthly HIV Meds in the Pipel http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x50094091 Once-Weekly and Once-Monthly HIV Meds in the Pipeline: Studies From ICAAC 2012 <BR> <BR> By Warren Tong <BR> From TheBodyPRO.com <BR> <BR> September 17, 2012 <BR> <BR> <link>www.thebodypro.com/content/69111/onc<BR>e-weekly-and-once-monthly-hiv-meds-in-<BR>the-pipel.html?ic=700100 </link> Mon, 24 Sep 2012 23:19:01 EST Resource Center: Aging With HIV http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x50063743 <link>www.thebody.com/content/67810/aging-<BR>with-hiv-home.html </link> Sun, 23 Sep 2012 06:19:28 EST 10 Life-Changing Perspectives On Anger http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23249x37262x50063735 <link>www.dailygood.org/view.php?sid=312 </link> Sun, 23 Sep 2012 06:17:24 EST Website Offers Access to HIV Meds for Some Uninsur http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x50049738 from thebody.com <BR> <BR> Website Offers Access to HIV Meds for Some Uninsured Americans <BR> <BR> By Enid Vázquez <BR> From Test Positive Aware Network <BR> <BR> September/October 2012 <BR> HarborPath website <BR> <BR> HarborPath, a new non-profit organization, has been established to create a program that offers a single place where uninsured HIV-positive people who otherwise qualify for manufacturer-sponsored patient assistance programs (PAPs) can apply for and receive their medicatio... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 05:07:37 EST David Wojnarowicz: 1st AMERICAN Gay Artist to resp http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x50049728 David Wojnarowicz: 1st AMERICAN Gay Artist to respond to AIDS with moral outrage: <BR> <BR> (1954-1992) <BR> <BR> by Richard H. Axsom <BR> <BR> American artist and writer David Wojnarowicz is critical to the history of late twentieth-century contemporary art. The first American gay artist to respond to the AIDS crisis with anger and moral outrage, he used his art as a polemical tool with which to indict those he held responsible for the AIDS epidemic and to document his own suffering. <BR... Sat, 22 Sep 2012 05:00:35 EST I NEED support! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x37262x50008721 Hi, I saw this group on here and would like to join. My husband has been recently diagnosed HIV+, its been very hard for us. I have been depressed and scared of getting him sick. Its so hard to believe that he has it and even harder for me to type this, and tell others. I'm not a very open person but I NEED to meet other people who have HIV and live normal lives, I need to know its possible for him to live a long life. I need support and advice from others going through similar situations as ... Wed, 19 Sep 2012 12:05:14 EST Can a Person With an Undetectable Viral Load Trans http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x49790932 Can a Person With an Undetectable Viral Load Transmit HIV? <BR> <BR> from thebody.com <BR> <BR> Question: <BR> <BR> Can person with undetectable viral load infect a negative person <BR> <BR> Aug 18, 2012 <BR> <BR> I am a positive female with an undetectable viral load. My boyfriend is negative. Can he become positive from unprotected sex if my viral load is undetectable? <BR> <BR> <BR> Response from Ms. Southall <BR> <BR> Hi There are studies out that show when someone is positive an... Wed, 5 Sep 2012 23:51:25 EST New Movies in Theaters: 8.31.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x49703295 <BR> <BR> Lawless (2012) - [Opens 8/29] <BR> <BR> Certificate R 115 min - Crime | Drama | Western <BR> Metascore: 58/100 (33 reviews) <BR> Set in Depression-era Franklin County, Virginia, a bootlegging gang is threatened by a new deputy and other authorities who want a cut of their profits. <BR> Director: John Hillcoat <BR> Stars: Tom Hardy, Shia LaBeouf, Guy Pearce, Jason Clarke <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt1212450/#lb </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Possession (2012) <BR>... Fri, 31 Aug 2012 05:26:48 EST New DVD Releases for 8.28.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x49651930 Horror <BR> <BR> The Birds [DVD + Digital Copy] (Universal's 100th Anniversary) Starring Rod Taylor (2012) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=MZjaVdJt59U </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Area 407 Starring Abigail Schrader and Samantha Lester (2012) ((looks good)) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAv3LeZDyow </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Apartment 143 Starring Rick Gonzalez and Kai Lennox (2012) <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=NyJk8vowfgU </link> <BR> <BR> <... Mon, 27 Aug 2012 17:58:23 EST Are My At-Home HIV Test Results Reliable? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x49592034 from thebody.com <BR> <BR> Question: HIV at home test validity 1&1/2 years after exposure <BR> Aug 11, 2012 <BR> <BR> Dear Dictor, I just recently had a possible HIV exposure a little over a year and a half ago. I found that one of my friends had slept with my boyfriend at the and was discovered to be HIV positive. Now, finding this out a year and a half later, I panicked, decided not to wait for the 5-7 day wait period and got an at home test kit. It was the FDA approved one sold through ... Thu, 23 Aug 2012 14:38:40 EST CDC Unveils "HIV Transmission Risk Chart" http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x49540238 June 14, 2012 <BR> HIV Transmission Risk Chart <BR> <BR> The risk of getting HIV varies widely, depending on the type of exposure. Transmission happens most often during sexual or drug-using activity, and the chance of getting HIV varies for each act. The table lists the risk of transmission for various exposures. <BR> <BR> Different factors can increase or decrease transmission risk. For example, taking antiretroviral therapy (i.e., medicines for HIV infection) can reduce the risk of an HI... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 09:23:27 EST HIV's Long-Term Effects: What's This HIV Expert Ta http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x49540206 from thebody.com <BR> <BR> Question: HIV's Long-Term Effects: What's This HIV Expert Talking About? <BR> <BR> Jul 29, 2012 <BR> <BR> In her recent interview in the July edition of POZ magazine ('The Cure Hunter'), Françoise Barré-Sinoussi, mentions that people are not often aware of 1) the long term effects of HIV infection (on treatment) and 2) incomplete immune reconstitution. Could you talk about those things a little so we understand better? <BR> <BR> <BR> Response from Mr. Vergel <... Mon, 20 Aug 2012 09:21:26 EST New DVD Releases for 7.31.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x49218926 LOL Starring Miley Cyrus, Demi Moore, Ashley Greene and Douglas Booth (2012) <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=d4XmycID4eE </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Fortress Starring Sean Mcgowan (2012) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=gRjhgTqOuU4 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Reality of Love Starring Bradley Cooper, Jason Priestley and Emma Caulfield (2012) <BR> Sexy Ryan Banks becomes a Hollywood star overnight when he's asked to act at a party and convinces his best friend Todd... Mon, 30 Jul 2012 05:00:50 EST 7.29.12: See All 48,000 Panels Of The AIDS Memoria http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x49208060 I hope your weekend is going well and that you have some fun plans in place. <BR> <BR> Whatever you have planned for the day, make it a good one! <BR> <BR> See All 48,000 Panels Of The AIDS Memorial Quilt Online <BR> <BR> Until now, if you wanted to see the entire AIDS Memorial Quilt, you'd have to fly out to Atlanta and ask The NAMES Project Foundation to unpack the 48,000 panel, 54 ton blanket from its warehouse. <BR> <BR> But thanks to Microsoft, you can now see the entire thing from t... Sun, 29 Jul 2012 11:59:20 EST New in Theaters: 7.27.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x49176910 The Watch (2012) <BR> <BR> Certificate R 98 min - Comedy | Sci-Fi <BR> Suburban dads who form a neighborhood watch group as a way to get out of their day-to-day family routines find themselves defending the Earth from an alien invasion. <BR> Director: Akiva Schaffer <BR> Stars: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Jonah Hill, Richard Ayoade <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt1298649/#lb </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Step Up Revolution (2012) <BR> <BR> Certificate PG-13 99 min - ... Fri, 27 Jul 2012 03:33:28 EST New DVD Releases for 7.24.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x49105372 Silent House Starring Adam Trese, Eric Sheffer Stevens and Adam Barnett (2012) ((looks good)) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=6yLD4km_d1I&<BR>continue_action=vj40K3Kp5xF5LeOtBJW9rd<BR>yr3VDumU2hQiZrGZisJf9NPd1uB8TCg_RDpfpc<BR>1tvpX0kzBWiP9O1ZCjBZDg0EWL2zTpI83IOV9rd8Lrzw3Ks= </link> <BR> <BR> Monitor Starring Kristoffer Joner and Henrik Rafaelsen (2012) ((looks good)) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOPF2uiBUEE </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Corridor Starring Stephen Cham... Sun, 22 Jul 2012 19:48:47 EST New Movies in Theaters 7.20.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x49071117 The Dark Knight Rises (2012) <BR> <BR> Certificate PG-13 164 min - Action | Adventure | Crime | Thriller <BR> Metascore: 80/100 (40 reviews) <BR> Eight years on, a new terrorist leader, Bane, overwhelms Gotham's finest, and the Dark Knight resurfaces to protect a city that has branded him an enemy. <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt1345836/#lb </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Queen of Versailles (2012) <BR> <BR> Certificate PG 100 min - Documentary <BR> Metascore: 75/100 (10 re... Fri, 20 Jul 2012 10:03:56 EST New DVDs to be released on 7.17.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x48989831 The Three Stooges: The Movie Starring Will Sasso, Sean Hayes, Chris Diamantopoulos, et al. (2012) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZgULjrhoDXY </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Salmon Fishing in the Yemen Starring Ewan McGregor, Emily Blunt, Amr Waked, et al. (2012) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=CEUwCX2UjJA </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Lockout Starring Guy Pearce, Maggie Grace, Peter Stormare and Vincent Regan (2012) ((looks good, a bit of a gore warning (sci-fi) <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 15 Jul 2012 08:33:17 EST Shingles Still More Common in People With HIV http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x48971225 July 10, 2012 <BR> <BR> Shingles Still More Common in People With HIV <BR> by Tim Horn <BR> <BR> New cases of herpes zoster, better known as shingles, appear to be on the decline among people living with HIV, but rates are still higher than those seen in the general population, according to Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine data published online ahead of print by the Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes. <BR> <BR> The researchers, under the direction of Leah Blank, MD... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 20:51:01 EST New Movies in Theaters on 7.13.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x48961837 Ice Age: Continental Drift (2012) <BR> <BR> Certificate PG 94 min - Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt1667889/#lb </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Easy Money (2010) - [limited] <BR> <BR> Certificate R 124 min - Crime | Drama | Thriller <BR> Metascore: 78/100 (14 reviews) <BR> When JW becomes a drug runner in order to maintain his double life, his fate becomes tied to two other men: Jorge, a fugitive on the run from both the Serbian mafi... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 08:16:02 EST AIDS Fundraisers Share the Personal Stories that M http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x48961526 AIDS Fundraisers Share the Personal Stories that Motivate Them <BR> BY Advocate.com Editors <BR> July 12 2012 5:05 PM ET <BR> <BR> Josh Robers, 33, of West Hollywood, is a nurse practitioner who cares for people affected by HIV: <BR> <BR> “I have seen the great advancements in care and how that has truly impacted the quality of life of those living with HIV. I believe people with HIV are now able to live a long and healthy life long beyond what they ever thought was possible. <BR> <BR> "T... Fri, 13 Jul 2012 07:49:42 EST What Happens if I Continue to Live Without HIV Med http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x48945723 from thebody.com <BR> <BR> What Happens if I Continue to Live Without HIV Meds? <BR> Question: Mar 13, 2012 <BR> <BR> I am wondering what to expect with my health if I continue not to take a treatment plan to slow the progression of HIV. I have been positive since 1997 and have not thought about it much. I refuse to take meds, and am just planning to go when the time comes. Have been feeling fatigued, sore in my neck area behind adams apple, frequent headaches, and a destinctive smell in bo... Thu, 12 Jul 2012 07:27:24 EST new pants http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x48919347 today marks a milestone for me. I had to and i mean HAD to buy smaller pants because mine fell down LOL. literally. I never thought I'd see the day.I have lost 41 pounds since i had cardiac bypass surgery in January.So I hope all of you guys keep up the good work and can avoid having any life-threatening motivators like I did. Those of us with HIV have to be especially careful about cardiac health--take it from me. Especially women, who often have few symptoms of heart trouble like I did. So ... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 14:37:11 EST new pants http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x48919333 today marks a milestone for me. I had to and i mean HAD to buy smaller pants because mine fell down LOL. literally. I never thought I'd see the day.I have lost 41 pounds since i had cardiac bypass surgery in January.So I hope all of you guys keep up the good work and can avoid having any life-threatening motivators like I did. Those of us with HIV have to be especially careful about cardiac health--take it from me. Especially women, who often have few symptoms of heart trouble like I did. So ... Tue, 10 Jul 2012 14:35:39 EST Along Came a Spider http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x48906754 By B. Osten <BR> <BR> June 9, 2012 <BR> <BR> In March I got my annual flu shot and I've caught the flu several times since then. The first one I expected because for some reason I always get a mild strain soon after the shot. The second one was unprecedented and the third was alarming and concerning. It lingered on for what seemed to be forever and a day. I went to the emergency room for some much needed relief and left with a sore arm from several attempts by an intern to draw blood. <BR> ... Mon, 9 Jul 2012 20:12:39 EST New DVD Releases for 7.10.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x48888864 American Reunion Starring Jason Biggs and Alyson Hannigan (2012) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=clwJtIzR-Xk </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Being Flynn Starring Robert De Niro, Paul Dano and Eddie Rouse (2012) ((based on a true story)) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=tBA6YwL4XAc </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> On the Ice Starring Josiah Patkotak (2012) <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi331718937/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Steve Jobs: Visionary Genius Starring ... Sun, 8 Jul 2012 19:18:05 EST 7.4.12: Support Our Troops http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x48819109 Looking for ways to support and honor U.S. military servicemembers and veterans who protect our security and freedom? In years past, you could wrap up a care package and mail it to "Any Service Member" for the holidays, but with increased mail restrictions, the Pentagon is asking people to help through financial contributions, letter-writing and e-mail, purchasing authorized pre-made care packages, or volunteering time through non-profits. <BR> <BR> Below are links to programs that offer aid... Wed, 4 Jul 2012 02:17:08 EST Stories From the Quilt http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x48786713 May 3, 2012 <BR> <BR> Stories From the Quilt <BR> by POZ Staff <BR> <BR> The 47,000 panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt are a tangible demonstration of love and loss, life and determination. Here are seven stories from the Quilt. <BR> <BR> <link>www.poz.com/articles/quilt_stories_4<BR>01_22355.shtml </link> Mon, 2 Jul 2012 06:16:04 EST 13 Foods That Fight Sunburn http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=23249x37262x48743616 <link>www.organicgardening.com/living/13-f<BR>oods-that-fight-sunburn?cm_mmc=ETNTNL-<BR>_-953668-_-06282012-_-13FoodsThatFight<BR>Sunburn-hed </link> Fri, 29 Jun 2012 06:22:09 EST New Movies in Theaters 6.29.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x48743597 Magic Mike (2012) <BR> <BR> Certificate R 110 min - Comedy | Drama <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt1915581/#lb </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Madea's Witness Protection (2012) <BR> <BR> Certificate PG-13 114 min - Comedy <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt2215285/#lb </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ted (2012) <BR> <BR> Certificate R 106 min - Comedy | Fantasy <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt1637725/#lb </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Beasts of the Southern Wild... Fri, 29 Jun 2012 06:19:22 EST Sean Strub: Poz Magazine Founder Needs Our Help http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x48729840 By Sean Strub on June 20, 2012 3:53 PM <BR> <BR> The SERO Project--the non-profit organization I've started to combat HIV-related stigma, discrimination and criminalization--has undertaken a survey of people with or affected by HIV toward criminalization of HIV non-disclosure, potential exposure or transmission. <BR> <BR> The principal investigator is Laurel Sprague, at Eastern Michigan University. Laurel is a woman with HIV who is also the North American regional coordinator of the Globa... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 08:43:09 EST Advice on Adhering to HIV Treatment http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x48656183 Word on the Street: Advice on Adhering to HIV Treatment <BR> From TheBody.com <BR> <BR> June 14, 2012 <BR> <BR> Staying on top of your treatment every day is not an easy task. Annoying side effects, being disorganized and the hustle and bustle of life can stand in your way. So we took to the streets to ask HIV experts and people living with HIV to talk about why adherence is important and to share strategies for ensuring you remember to take your meds. <BR> <BR> To get started, click on th... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 14:33:38 EST New Movies in Theaters this Weekend http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x48652111 Brave (2012) <BR> <BR> Certificate PG 100 min - Animation | Action | Adventure | Comedy | Family | Fantasy <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt1217209/#lb </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (2012) <BR> <BR> Certificate R 105 min - Action | Fantasy | Horror | Thriller <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt1611224/#lb </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (2012) <BR> <BR> Certificate R 101 min - Comedy |... Sat, 23 Jun 2012 09:12:17 EST Hiya folks http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x37262x48585627 Hello everyone...I am new to sparkpeople and am ever so excited to find this team !! <em>224</em> Mon, 18 Jun 2012 22:00:13 EST New Movies Hitting Theaters Today: 6.15.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x48532525 Rock of Ages (2012) <BR> <BR> Certificate PG-13 123 min - Comedy | Drama | Musical | Romance <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt1336608/#lb </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> That's My Boy (2012) <BR> <BR> Certificate R 114 min - Comedy <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt1232200/#lb </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Woman in the Fifth (2011) <BR> <BR> Certificate R 85 min - Thriller <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt1605777/#lb </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Your Sist... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 01:13:50 EST 'Cured' HIV Patient May Still Have Virus http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x48505737 By: dvillarreal <BR> 6.12.2012 <BR> <BR> Several years back, the doctors of HIV-positive man Timothy Ray Brown announced that Brown had miraculously become HIV-negative. The doctors gave Brown an HIV-resistant stem cell transplant to help his leukemia and found that afterwards he had no detectable HIV left in his body. <BR> <BR> But this month, researchers at the University of California found traces of HIV DNA in samples of Brown's blood and body tissue, leaving experts unsure if his "cure... Wed, 13 Jun 2012 10:31:12 EST New Fact Sheet: Can HIV Infection Be Cured? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x48469247 From AIDS InfoNet <BR> <BR> May 7, 2012 <BR> <BR> What Have We Learned About HIV? <BR> <BR> In 1981, several cases of rare pneumonia (PCP, see Fact Sheet 515) and skin cancer called Kaposi's sarcoma (see Fact Sheet 511) were reported. These cases were in homosexual men in Los Angeles and New York City. This was a mystery to researchers. <BR> <BR> The virus that causes AIDS was identified in 1983. No medications were available to treat this disease until 1987. In that year, a cancer drug c... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 03:41:27 EST If I Move Out of State, Will COBRA Follow? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x48430997 from thebody.com <BR> <BR> May 28, 2012 <BR> <BR> Hi Jacques, My partner of 24 years has an opportunity to relocate to San Diego Ca (we are living in Boston, MA). I would like to follow him there but this means that I would need to quit my job and then not have health coverage. Can you take COBRA if you quit a job and would it be portable to another state? I have Blue Cross Blue Shield HMO Blue. I am really worried about having health coverage without lapses. Is there anything else I should... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 09:45:52 EST How Risky Is Sex With My HIV-Positive Partner? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x48430906 from thebody.com <BR> <BR> May 19, 2012 <BR> <BR> Hi, I now have a HIV partner. He is always asking me just what is and what is not safe as far as sex is concerned. I am HIV-. As far as I know. We have pretty safe sex but sometimes we are a little risky. I don't want to contract HIV but I love him so it is so difficult not being able to perform some sex acts with him. So, my questions are... Can you contract HIV from his semen (no cuts) ? What are the chances ? Is it really that easy to con... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 09:42:17 EST New Movies in Theaters on 6.8.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x48429800 Prometheus (2012) <BR> <BR> Certificate R 124 min - Action | Horror | Sci-Fi <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt1446714/#lb </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (2012) <BR> <BR> Certificate PG 85 min - Animation | Adventure | Comedy | Family <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt1277953/#lb </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Lola Versus (2012) - [limited] <BR> <BR> Certificate R 87 min - Comedy <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt171... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 08:37:00 EST Saw an excellent movie last night http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x37262x48428113 "Life, Above All" <BR> <BR> South African movie about a young girl who discovers her mother has HIV/AIDS, and her town's reaction. <BR> <BR> Excellent, sad, insightful, and says a lot about perception and character. We got it from Netflix. Totally recommend it. (I have no clue what language it's in, because I don't know which tribe the people are from. But the subtitles are very clear.) Fri, 8 Jun 2012 06:21:50 EST Hey everyone! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x37262x48422692 I'm here as a supporter and friend. I've been an HIV/AIDS activist since I was a teenager, first volunteering for The NAMES Project back in the early nineties, followed by volunteering at ActionAIDS in Philly, and my most recent volunteer work with Infinite Family (online video mentoring for kids orphaned in South Africa). <BR> <BR> I guess I started all this when my mom explained to me as a kid in the 80's the stigma and fear associated with HIV+ people. I kind of couldn't understand... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 18:54:44 EST How Long Does HIV Survive Outside the Body, Really http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x48407196 from thebody.com <BR> <BR> Question: <BR> <BR> Survival of HIV (conflicting info in articles) <BR> May 21, 2012 <BR> <BR> Hi, I recenlty review two articles on this site about the survival of HIV outside of the body. They each site the CDC research on saying "HIV has been kept viable (able to infect) for up to 15 days, and even after the body fluid containing it had dried.", and the other saying "Although these unnatural concentrations of HIV can be kept alive for days or even weeks under ... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 19:23:24 EST Longtime Survivor: What's the Chance of Continuing http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x48407163 Kelly's note: The answer provided indicates to take Vitamin D. Make sure that you take Vitamin D that has D3 marked on the bottle and it's recommended for those with HIV to take 1000 i.u. each day. For more information, visit the link below: <BR> <BR> <link>www.poz.com/articles/vitamen_D_2311_<BR>16275.shtml </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> From thebody.com <BR> <BR> Question: <BR> <BR> Long term survivors, prospects for living a good life <BR> Apr 19, 2012 <BR> <BR> I've been HIV+ since 1988.... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 19:19:46 EST May Team Stats: Final http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13769x37262x48358173 Way to go team! Although, it was a holiday month, you're going strong. <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <BR> <em>344</em> <em>84</em> <BR> <BR> 1) SAMI199 3,085 <BR> 2) PHEBESS 2,075 <BR> 3) ROSALYN503 1,247 <BR> 4) JEN348 725 <BR> 5) SEASONS__CHANGE 720 <BR> 6) SMBRYCE1 243 <BR> 7) SUMMARIE 180 <BR> 8) MOTINURSE 90 <BR> <BR> <BR> Spark Points <BR> <em>347</em> <BR> <BR> 1) PHEBESS 3,400 <BR> 2) SAMI199 3,119 <BR> 3) SEASONS__CHANGE 1,894 <BR> 4) ROSALYN503 57... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 18:40:34 EST New DVD Releases for 6.5.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x48350158 Gay & Lesbian Titles: <BR> <BR> Private Romeo Starring Seth Numrich, Matt Doyle, Hale Appleman and Chris Bresky (2012) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wndqio-IbXQ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Tomboy Starring Sophie Cattani, Jeanen Disson, Malonn Lévana, et al. (2012) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvfdCI4MArQ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Pretty Boys Starring Dale Dymkoski, Bryce Blais, Erin Muir and Eric Gorlow (2012) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ylk... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 07:41:04 EST Do I Have to Tell the Country I'm Visiting That I' http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x48320500 From thebody.com <BR> <BR> Question: Do I Have to Tell the Country I'm Visiting That I'm HIV Positive? <BR> <BR> I was wondering if im allowed to travel outside the United States to like Canada or Europe for vacation with being hiv? Do i have to tell the other country on my passport or something when i apply for one? Also can i move to London or France and be able to get medical treatment and still get my SSDI check? <BR> <BR> <BR> Response from Mr. Chambers <BR> <BR> You will need to c... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 04:37:45 EST Is failing to disclose my HIV status a crime even http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x48320452 From thebody.com <BR> <BR> Question: Is failing to disclose my HIV status a crime even if we use condoms? <BR> <BR> May 28, 2012 <BR> <BR> Is it against the law not to disclose your status the person you're engaging in sexual acts as long as you're taking the appropriate preventative measures (ie, on medication and using protections, etc.)? <BR> <BR> <BR> Response from Ms. Douaihy <BR> <BR> Thank you for the question. The answer really depends on your state. In a jurisdiction where "ex... Fri, 1 Jun 2012 04:16:06 EST New DVD Releases for 5.29.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x48247452 Andrew Lloyd Webber's Love Never Dies (2012) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=AHen2DK_lWE </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Coriolanus Starring Ralph Fiennes and Gerard Butler (2012) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=bsYrGIQnmxo </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Man on a Ledge Starring Sam Worthington, Ed Harris, Elizabeth Banks and Jamie Bell (2012) Looks good <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=zf7KztBASz0 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Gone Starring Amanda Seyfried, Jennifer Carp... Sun, 27 May 2012 09:26:36 EST New Movie Releases in Theaters for 5.25.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x48221713 Men in Black III (2012) <BR> <BR> Certificate PG-13 103 min - Action | Comedy | Sci-Fi <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt1409024/#lb </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Moonrise Kingdom (2012) <BR> <BR> Certificate PG-13 94 min - Comedy | Drama | Romance <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt1748122/#lb </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Chernobyl Diaries (2012) <BR> <BR> Certificate R 90 min - Horror <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt1991245/#lb </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <B... Fri, 25 May 2012 06:28:29 EST The AIDS Memorial Quilt http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x48216874 <link>www.aidsquilt.org/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> To view the quilt panel by panel, go to the link below and click on the tab that reads "Table View." After each picture, you can click on the next button to view the next panel. <BR> <BR> <link>www.aidsquilt.org/view-the-quilt/sea<BR>rch-the-quilt </link> Thu, 24 May 2012 19:44:00 EST Stories From the Quilt http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x48216821 by POZ Staff <BR> <BR> The 47,000 panels of the AIDS Memorial Quilt are a tangible demonstration of love and loss, life and determination. Here are seven stories from the Quilt. <BR> <BR> Krista Blake <BR> <BR> “One of the most heart-wrenching experiences a grandfather must endure is the death of a beautiful, intelligent 22-year-old granddaughter that he deeply loves. It’s been said that grown men don’t cry, but you can believe me when I say that I cried and I still cry inside when I thi... Thu, 24 May 2012 19:39:03 EST Thomas DeLorenzo: The Cured "Berlin Patient" -- Ma http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x48216752 Thomas DeLorenzo: The Cured "Berlin Patient" -- Man or Superman? <BR> By Thomas DeLorenzo <BR> <BR> May 22, 2012 <BR> <BR> <BR> Sometime in the beginning of the year, I was consumed by a legal writing project. It was only fifteen pages but was going to be 80 percent of my grade. The sweats it brought on had not occurred on my body since my T cells were under 100. I couldn't sleep. I could, however, eat -- and eat and eat. In the middle of this hell, I learned about a conference to be held ... Thu, 24 May 2012 19:31:43 EST New Movie Releases in Theaters for 5.18.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x48122428 Battleship (2012) <BR> <BR> Certificate PG-13 131 min - Action | Sci-Fi | Thriller <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt1440129/#lb </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> What to Expect When You're Expecting (2012) <BR> <BR> Certificate PG-13 110 min - Comedy | Drama | Romance <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt1586265/#lb </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Dictator (2012) <BR> <BR> Certificate R 83 min - Comedy <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt1645170/#lb </link> <BR> <BR... Fri, 18 May 2012 07:33:39 EST What's the Best U.S. State for HIV Coverage and Be http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x48085019 From thebody.com <BR> <BR> Question: What's the Best U.S. State for HIV Coverage and Benefits? <BR> <BR> I can't find how to ask the question: What is the best state to live in for HIV coverage/benefits for indigent clients? <BR> <BR> I know Ryan White is direct in Indiana where I'm from and lived in Santa Fe New Mexico and Ryan White was direct there as well. California has become a nightmare for coverage and have been triaged out of the Desert Ads Project to a straight clinic that is wor... Tue, 15 May 2012 20:34:39 EST FDA Panel Says At-Home HIV Test is Safe, Effective http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x48084616 Tuesday, May 15, 2012 by hivplusmag.com <BR> <BR> An independent Food and Drug Administration panel unanimously concluded Tuesday that an over-the-counter, at-home test would be safe and effective. <BR> <BR> The panel of 17 advisors agreed that the test would encourage more people to know their status and therefore take preventative measures to ensure they don't spread the virus. According to Reuters, the panel's recommendation will soon be considered by agency regulators to determine wheth... Tue, 15 May 2012 20:00:31 EST Health Care Providers Settle with Justice Departme http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x48067768 Health Care Providers Settle with Justice Department Over Complaints of HIV Discrimination <BR> <BR> The Justice Department announced that it has reached two settlements today resolving claims that health care providers refused to serve people with HIV in violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). <BR> <BR> The first complaint was filed by a man with HIV who went to the Mercy Medical Group Midtown Clinic in Sacramento, Calif. After meeting with the patient and examining him... Mon, 14 May 2012 19:57:22 EST New DVD Releases for 5.15.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x48052673 One For the Money Starring Katherine Heigl, Jason O'Mara, Daniel Sunjata, et al. (2012) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7Rqrts4jPM </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Grey Starring Liam Neeson and Dermot Mulroney (2012) ((Red Band Trailer)) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=i_0NjxrAo_U </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Chronicle Starring Michael B. Jordan and Michael Kelly (2012) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-M5Qx57_UU </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Albert Nobbs Starring... Sun, 13 May 2012 20:24:38 EST My daughter http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x48047394 I wasn't sure which message board section to put this under but here goes: My daughter was diagnosed with HIV in February. The hospital released her and the health dept was supposed to pick up her care. They dragged their feet and put off appts for a month and a half. She woke up with a severe headache then started having seizures. In the emergency room, she had a CAT scan and found she had hydrocephalus. Three surgeries later and many ups and downs we were all hopeful-the West Coast AIDS Fou... Sun, 13 May 2012 11:10:33 EST New Movie Releases in Theaters for 5.11.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x48016787 Dark Shadows (2012) <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt1077368/#lb </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Where Do We Go Now? (2011) - [limited] <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt1772424/#lb </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> I Wish (2011) - [limited] <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt1650453/#lb </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> Girl in Progress (2012) - [limited] <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt1817676/#lb </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> God Bless America (2011) - [limited] <BR> <BR... Fri, 11 May 2012 06:33:12 EST Human Stem Cells Can Be Programmed to Find and Kil http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x48011397 Human Stem Cells Can Be Programmed to Find and Kill HIV, Researchers Say <BR> <BR> UCLA-Engineered Stem Cells Seek Out and Kill HIV in Living Organisms <BR> <BR> By Enrique Rivero <BR> From UCLA AIDS Institute <BR> <BR> Expanding on previous research providing proof-of-principle that human stem cells can be genetically engineered into HIV-fighting cells, a team of UCLA researchers has now demonstrated that these cells can actually attack HIV-infected cells in a living organism. <BR> <BR> ... Thu, 10 May 2012 19:40:06 EST Most of 2 Million Adolescents With HIV Worldwide A http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x48001448 Most of 2 Million Adolescents With HIV Worldwide Are Unaware <BR> <BR> April 30, 2012 <BR> <BR> Most of 2 Million Adolescents With HIV Worldwide Are Unaware <BR> <BR> Each year more than 1 million adolescents die of preventable causes and millions more are missing out on education, according to a UNICEF statement. Adolescents—defined as people between ages 10 to 19—die from road traffic injuries, childbirth complications, suicide, AIDS, violence and other causes. The report states that the... Thu, 10 May 2012 07:26:35 EST Stressed Out and Stigmatized at Work: What Can I D http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x47978164 From TheBody.com <BR> <BR> Stressed Out and Stigmatized at Work: What Can I Do? <BR> <BR> Nine years of HIV and stress <BR> Question: My wife and I tested positive for HIV in 2003. We don't know how or when we got it. We believe "till death do us part" and hold to that vow in our marriage. We are 'in this' together. I have a pretty amazing wife to have that idea. <BR> <BR> When we were first diagnosed, my CD4 counts were in the 100's and my viral load was in the 100K's. I guess that is con... Tue, 8 May 2012 18:53:24 EST Team Stats for April: Final http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13769x37262x47920781 Although, we're a small team, we did well for April. Awesome job! What challenge would you like to see on our team? <BR> <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <em>182</em> <em>186</em> <BR> <BR> 1) PHEBESS 2,530 <BR> 2) SAMI199 2,345 <BR> 3) ROSALYN503 831 <BR> 4) THININSIDENQT2 285 <BR> 5) SEASONS__CHANGE 250 <BR> 6) JEN348 192 <BR> 7) MATTIETHECAT 184 <BR> 8) DCONS001 120 <BR> 9) MOTINURSE 40 <BR> 10) SMBRYCE1 28 <BR> <BR> <BR> Spark Points <BR> <em>347</em> <BR> <BR... Sat, 5 May 2012 06:24:36 EST New Movie Releases in Theaters for 5.4.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x47905959 The Avengers (2012) <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt0848228/#lb </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011) <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/video/imdb/vi929996313/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> LOL (2012) - [limited] <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt1592873/#lb </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> First Position (2011) - [LA/NYC] <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt2008513/#lb </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Perfect Family (2011) - [limited] <BR> <BR> <link... Fri, 4 May 2012 06:32:21 EST Treatment switches becoming less common, side-effe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x47834156 Treatment switches becoming less common, side-effects still the key reason for switching <BR> <BR> Roger Pebody <BR> Published: 24 April 2012 <BR> <BR> The number of people who need to change their antiretroviral drug regimen has declined significantly in recent years, Alison Boyle of the Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, London told the British HIV Association (BHIVA) conference in Birmingham last week. <BR> <BR> Pharmacists and doctors at the hospital conducted a retrospective analysis of ... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 07:37:01 EST New DVD Releases for 05.01.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x47818401 Joyful Noise (DVD + UltraViolet Digital Copy) Starring Queen Latifah, Dolly Parton, Keke Palmer and Jeremy Jordan (2012) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=rlR_vDzDNyE </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Haywire Starring Gina Carano, Michael Douglas, Channing Tatum, et al. (2012) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=zMQ5ZPr1nmM&<BR>feature=fvst </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> New Year's Eve (DVD + Ultraviolet Digital Copy) Starring Ashton Kutcher and Josh Duhamel (2012) <BR> <BR> <link>... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 08:52:03 EST 4.29.12: Dating With HIV? We've Got Tips http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x47817340 From hivplusmag.com <BR> <BR> What you need to know when you have HIV and are on the market <BR> By Diane Anderson-Minshall <BR> <BR> Dating is tough in general, but being HIV-positive while seeking a mate presents a whole host of unique questions and issues. We answer some of your most pressing relationship questions, from dating to marriage and babies. <BR> <BR> Can I meet people online? Are there dating sites for HIV-positive people? Yes, there are many HIV-specific dating sites, includ... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 07:27:42 EST New Movies Releases in Theaters for 4.27.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x47787790 The Five-Year Engagement (2012) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=Us-5iN5aFqE </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Raven (2012) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y9mor4SsfJU </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Pirates! Band of Misfits (2012) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=wuVAXxfWwKw </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Safe (2012) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=i-D26g3CEuc </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Sound of My Voice (2011) - [limited] <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/... Fri, 27 Apr 2012 07:30:18 EST Dating and status... http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x47749648 I'm new here, and I know this is for weightloss... I hope I won't be penalized for posting this... <BR> It's just that I have been positive for about 4 years now, and really have no one to talk to about it. I don't know anyone else who is positive, the clinic I go to does not offer any kind of support or social group, nor are any of the employees very knowledgeable about living with the disease other than from a strictly medical standpoint. It's just very hard. <BR> <BR> I would like to kno... Wed, 25 Apr 2012 00:27:03 EST NY Appeals Court to Hear if Saliva With HIV Is 'Da http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x47744126 from poz.com <BR> <BR> NY Appeals Court to Hear if Saliva With HIV Is 'Dangerous' <BR> April 23, 2012 <BR> <BR> The New York State Court of Appeals will hear an aggravated assault case that may clarify if saliva with HIV can be considered a “dangerous instrument” under the law, The Observer-Dispatch reports. David Plunkett, who has HIV, bit a police investigator in 2006 and was charged with intentionally putting the officer at risk of contracting the virus. The court will debate if saliva i... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 18:53:03 EST Living Happily With HIV: Am I a Rarity? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x47743991 From thebody.com <BR> <BR> Question: <BR> <BR> Life is Wonderful <BR> Mar 30, 2012 <BR> <BR> I have wanted to ask this for some time, but didn't want to offend anyone, but I started to wonder if I just haven't experienced the inevitable. I was diagnosed with HIV in 2003 and have been on Atripla since 2008. Knock on wood, I have had NO side effects, I'm undetectable and my counts have climbed continuously. I attended a few HIV groups only to get depressed by the crowd. Most people no longer... Tue, 24 Apr 2012 18:44:16 EST Healthy Cooking: Avocado Chicken Salad Recipe http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x47733236 <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=8TqRjdF2VGE </link> Tue, 24 Apr 2012 07:00:56 EST Hello everyone http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x37262x47713618 I am new to Sparkpeople, and glad to see there is a group for us. <BR> I am trying to loose weight to be healthier, and to feel better about myself, and possibly find a partner... but I don't put too much stock in that! <BR> Short term goal is to be thinner by October for an event... Mon, 23 Apr 2012 00:10:47 EST New DVD Releases for 4.24.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x47700265 Contraband Starring Mark Wahlberg and Giovanni Ribisi (2012) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=SjcCbSmF_OA </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Innkeepers Starring Sara Paxton, Kelly McGillis and Pat Healy (2012) (Horror: Looks good) <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=VQ6rnOXFhEQ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Fields Starring Cloris Leachman, Tara Reid and Joshua Ormond (2012) (Horror: Looks good, based on true events that took place in the fall of 1973) <BR> <BR> <BR> <... Sun, 22 Apr 2012 08:05:15 EST HIV Co-Pay and Patient Assistance Programs http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x47685726 <link>www.thebody.com/content/66047/hiv-co<BR>-pay-and-patient-assistance-programs.h<BR>tml?ic=700100 </link> Sat, 21 Apr 2012 06:58:07 EST When i was Diagnosed i thought my world had ended http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x47685719 From The Body.com <BR> <BR> <BR> When i was Diagnosed i thought my world had ended, my viral load was at 9 million! and my CD4 was at 230 so you can only imagine how i felt. i was already thinking of what song i wanted to have played at my funeral. i was always sad always crying always confused, scared, paranoid and i felt like i was just falling through a downward spiral. <BR> <BR> Only 7 months later. And i can honestly say that HIV has been a Blessing! Yea i have to take my meds, and ye... Sat, 21 Apr 2012 06:57:19 EST New Movies Releases in Theaters for 4.20.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x47669577 The Lucky One (2012) <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt1327194/#lb </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Think Like a Man (2012) <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt1621045/#lb </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Chimpanzee (2012) <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt1222815/#lb </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> To the Arctic 3D (2012) <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt2073128/ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Darling Companion (2012) - [limited] <BR> <BR> <link>www.imdb.com/title/tt1730687/#lb </link... Fri, 20 Apr 2012 06:39:14 EST Engineering CD8 Cells to Kill HIV in Tissues http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x47631287 from <link>www.poz.com/articles/hiv_cd8_ucla_76<BR>1_22239.shtml </link> <BR> <BR> April 13, 2012 <BR> <BR> Expanding on previous research providing proof-of-concept that human stem cells can be genetically engineered into HIV-fighting cells, researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) have now demonstrated that these cells can actually attack HIV-infected cells in a living organism. <BR> <BR> The study, published April 12 in the journal PLoS Pathogens and highli... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 19:30:30 EST Will I Be Alive for the Cure? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x47631203 Topic from <link>www.thebody.com </link> <BR> <BR> Question: <BR> <BR> i am 27 yr old, newly diagnosed, on atripla for almost a yr. already facing many problems. anxiety. depression. anyways all i want is to get some cure for hiv, either functional or sterilising. last yr i read a lot of buzz about cure research, but lately it appear all optimism is failing again, and ever rising number of hiv infected individuals are left to take these awful pills, die eventually of organ failures, res... Tue, 17 Apr 2012 19:25:18 EST New DVD Releases for 4.17.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x47590972 Feels good to be back.... <BR> <BR> Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol Starring Tom Cruise and Jeremy Renner (2012) (Looks Good) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zl6vmRNAUsE </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Divide Starring Lauren German, Michael Biehn, Milo Ventimiglia, et al. (2012) (Looks good) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wsr8auC5SNc </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> 7 Below Starring Val Kilmer, Ving Rhames, Luke Goss and Bonnie Somerville (2012) (Horror) <BR> <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 15 Apr 2012 11:22:46 EST How Can I Stay Motivated to Enjoy Life? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x47574467 Question: How Can I Stay Motivated to Enjoy Life? <BR> I've been living with this for far too long. My numbers all fine but the side effects of the HIV meds, along with the drugs to curb the side effects, are taking their toll. I quit working a couple years ago after a successful, multi-faceted career, most of my close friends are long gone, social engagements declining, and I was always the life of the party back in the day! I've been taking meds for depression for years too, not expecting m... Sat, 14 Apr 2012 08:35:01 EST Possible Cure in Protein That Starves HIV of Neede http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x46887586 Possible Cure in Protein That Starves HIV of Needed Building Blocks <BR> <BR> Focusing on a protein called SAMHD1, a team of researchers believes it has stumbled upon the mechanism in which some immune system cells keep HIV from hijacking their cellular machinery to produce new virus. The findings, published online ahead of print by the journal Nature Immunology, pave the way for novel methods to treat—and potentially cure—HIV infection. <BR> <BR> SAMHD1, the international team of scientist... Sat, 3 Mar 2012 19:54:26 EST I'm back, hope all is well your way. http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x46836882 Hi Team Positive Positives... sorry for the absence, had some things to contend with. I hope all is well your way. <BR> <BR> Sending some loving your way. <BR> <BR> Kelly Wed, 29 Feb 2012 20:52:30 EST Hi all http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x37262x46766679 Hello everyone. My name is Pat and my 27 year old daughter was diagnosed with HIV and hepatitis C just yesterday. I am numb. Although I know it is not a death sentence, the thought of losing a second child is overwhelming!. My son died while risk taking 3 and a half years ago and a large part of me died too. My daughters and grandkids are what keep me alive and going everyday. I have a lot to learn and look forward to reading everyone's posts. I am glad I have a safe place to look for support... Sat, 25 Feb 2012 19:13:20 EST New Memeber http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x37262x46431400 Thought I'd take a moment to introduce myself. I'm 57 and have been hiv positive for probably half my life. My first hiv test was July of 1984 and it confirmed what I already suspected. Too many of my friends were infected back then to think that I somehow wasn't infected, even if the cause wasn't determined back then. I suspect that I was probably infected earlier than 1984, but that was the first confirmation. <BR> <BR> In the 27 years since then my health has mostly been good. I did have... Sun, 5 Feb 2012 13:25:57 EST You Want In? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x46357909 Hi Sexy Ladies, <BR> <BR> See alternate workout ideas from well known fitness coaches. I love providing information that will help impact and reform your body and mind. My goal this year is to challenge my body like never before; so why not include you to do the same! <BR> <BR> ***I can't do it. You can do all things through Christ (Philippians 4:13) <BR> <BR> See Link: <BR> <link>www.fitnessmagazine.com/workout/lose<BR>-weight/total-body/power-workout-routi<BR>nes/?page=1 </link> Wed, 1 Feb 2012 09:48:25 EST New DVD Releases for 1.24.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x46174002 INSANITY: 60-Day Total Body Conditioning Workout DVD Program <BR> <BR> <BR> Real Steel Starring Hugh Jackman, Evangeline Lilly and Dakota Goyo (2012) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=OZLVDT9-q6k </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> 50/50 Starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Seth Rogen (2012) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xa--ea9P7P4&<BR>feature=related </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Hell and Back Again Starring Sergeant Nathan Harris, Ashley Harris, et al. (2012) <BR> <BR> <link... Sun, 22 Jan 2012 12:08:32 EST Vitamin D Supplements Have Possible, But Still Unc http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x46129358 Vitamin D Supplements Have Possible, But Still Unclear, Benefits in People Living With HIV <BR> <BR> By Warren Tong <BR> From The Body <BR> <BR> January 17, 2012 <BR> <BR> Two new studies on vitamin D supplementation suggest slight benefits in bone health for people living with HIV. However, neither provided enough evidence to recommend widespread vitamin D supplementation. <BR> <BR> Before we get into the studies, let's have a quick Biology 101 refresher. Vitamin D helps our bodies absor... Thu, 19 Jan 2012 19:35:37 EST How Can My Partner Cope With Transmitting HIV to M http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x46110770 How Can My Partner Cope With Transmitting HIV to Me? <BR> <BR> My partner is devastated that he infected me: <BR> <BR> Last year my fiancé had an opportunistic infection and was diagnosed with AIDS. He currently is undetectable with a CD4 count just below 200 (when he was diagnosed his CD4 count was 12). About a week later, I was diagnosed with HIV. Although we both have received counseling, he is still devastated that he has "ruined" both of our lives. He just recently told me that he crie... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 20:03:49 EST Is a viral load just below 50 copies/ml low enough http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x46097454 Is a viral load just below 50 copies/ml low enough to ensure the long-term success of HIV therapy? <BR> <BR> Michael Carter <BR> Published: 16 January 2012 <BR> <BR> Suppressing viral load to below 50 copies/ml may not be enough to ensure the long-term success of antiretroviral therapy, according to a UK study published in the March edition of Clinical Infectious Diseases. <BR> <BR> Using ultra-sensitive viral load assays, investigators at the Royal Free Hospital, London, found that patien... Wed, 18 Jan 2012 07:13:22 EST New DVD Releases for 1.17.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x46038808 Courageous Starring Alex Kendrick, Ken Bevel, Kevin Downes and Ben Davies (2012) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=emyBSTL2zjw </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Ides of March Starring Ryan Gosling, George Clooney, Philip Seymour Hoffman, et al. (2012) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=McCt-_yYLpo </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Abduction Starring Taylor Lautner, Lily Collins, Alfred Molina, et al. (2012) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=e5k7ECYZ-ds </link> <BR> <BR> ... Sun, 15 Jan 2012 08:49:46 EST New Studies Under Way of Sangamo's Possible 'Funct http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x45975877 New Studies Under Way of Sangamo's Possible 'Functional Cure' Gene Therapy <BR> <BR> January 10, 2012 <BR> <BR> Sangamo BioSciences has begun new clinical studies of its promising gene therapy SB-728-T, a potential “functional cure” for HIV infection, according to a January 9 announcement by the company. <BR> <BR> SB-728-T is a zinc finger DNA-binding protein transcription factor (ZFP TF). It disrupts the gene responsible for making CCR5 co-receptors on the surface of CD4 cells, to which ... Wed, 11 Jan 2012 19:37:15 EST New DVD Releases for 1.10.12 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x45895417 Moneyball Starring Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill, et al. (2012) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=-4QPVo0UIzc </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Boardwalk Empire: The Complete First Season Starring Steve Buscemi, Michael Pitt and William Hill (2012) <BR> <BR> <BR> Columbo: Mystery Movie Collection 1994-2003 (2012) <BR> <BR> <BR> Killer Elite Starring Jason Statham, Clive Owen, Robert De Niro, et al. (2012) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=lft48yFsHGU </link> <BR> <... Sun, 8 Jan 2012 08:25:34 EST Which Lab Tests Should I Be Getting? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x45825958 Just diagnosed... panicked waiting for doctor <BR> Jan 3, 2012 <BR> <BR> I was just diagnosed thru a local HIV outreach. This took two weeks. It will be two more weeks before I see a specialist. I was exposed less than six months ago, but I'm reading stories of viral loads being high - even for the newly infected. The wait to see a doctor is making me tremendously anxious as I imagine my numbers skyrocketing each day. Please help. <BR> <BR> Response from Dr. McGowan <BR> <BR> There is no ... Wed, 4 Jan 2012 19:22:24 EST December Team Stats ((Final)) http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13769x37262x45764907 Congratulations on those of you who didn't let the holidays get in the way of getting in some fitness minutes! Awesome! Here's to 2012! Let's make this the best year ever! <BR> <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> 1) SAMI199 3,335 <BR> 2) PHEBESS 2,685 <BR> 3) ROSALYN503 643 <BR> 4) PANBOOKS 385 <BR> 5) DCONS001 285 <BR> 6) MATTIETHECAT 60 <BR> 7) SEAKITT 60 <BR> 8) MEOWMAMA3 25 <BR> <BR> <BR> Spark Points <BR> <BR> <em>347</em> <BR> <BR> 1) PHEBES... Mon, 2 Jan 2012 08:41:43 EST HIV + Age + Weight http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x45710115 I know that weight gains is to be somewhat expected as we age and I have no issue with that. I do have a problem with the fact that my meds are causing weight gain and this past year I was unable to achieve my goals because I kept having health problems. <BR> <BR> I feel like know matter what I do I can't shed this darn weight. Everytime I start going in the right direction, I end up falling back due to health. At times I get tired. There are times I only keep going because I know others... Fri, 30 Dec 2011 08:33:04 EST HIV Is Not A Crime - Or IS IT? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x45687628 By Eric Sawyer on December 22, 2011 5:02 PM | 8 Comments <BR> I wanted to alert you to a piece I wrote that ran a few days ago in Huffington Post Gay Voices Blog. The Blog deals with HIV Criminalization Laws in the US. A summary and a link to the full article in Huffington Post appears below. <BR> <BR> <BR> HIV Is Not a Crime, is a compelling, powerful, and tragic film about the criminalization of HIV in America, created by POZ Magazine founder Sean Strub. HIV Is Not a Crime is a shocking... Wed, 28 Dec 2011 19:20:45 EST STRANGEST BUT TRUEST OF 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x45588409 From The Body <BR> <BR> December 12, 2011 <BR> <BR> Around this time each year, we scour our "Ask the Experts" forums and nominate 10 posts we feel are the "best of the worst" of the year (or the worst of the worst, depending on how you look at it). They're some of the oddest, most nonsensical questions we've seen people ask about HIV that year. <BR> Robert J. Frascino, M.D. <BR> <BR> As avid readers of TheBody.com are well aware, Bob Frascino, M.D., who'd helmed the Safe Sex and HIV Preve... Tue, 20 Dec 2011 15:06:17 EST Team's Final Stats for November http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13769x37262x45558527 Wow! look how active you were in November. Can't wait to compare against December's! Keep up the momentum! <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <em>321</em> <BR> <BR> 1) SAMI199 2,855 <BR> 2) PHEBESS 2,295 <BR> 3) ROSALYN503 1,061 <BR> 4) PANBOOKS 1,010 <BR> 5) CRUISEGUY 682 <BR> 6) DCONS001 290 <BR> 7) REVANN33 120 <BR> 8) MEOWMAMA3 40 <BR> <BR> <BR> Spark Points <BR> <BR> <em>347</em> <BR> <BR> 1) PHEBESS 3,165 <BR> 2) SAMI199 2,854 <BR> 3) PANBOOKS 1,764 <BR> 4) CRUIS... Sun, 18 Dec 2011 09:11:18 EST Monday Reflection: Everyone Has a Purpose! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x45528356 By Rae Lewis-Thornton <BR> <BR> November 14, 2011 <BR> <BR> Some people live a lifetime and never really know their purpose in life, while others second guess themselves every step of the way. Others know in their hearts that their life should take one direction, but the fear of failure or of what people might say stops them in their tracks. <BR> <BR> I've never been one of those people. From the very beginning things seemed to fit into place. Early in my life, I knew social justice work w... Thu, 15 Dec 2011 19:39:39 EST Animal Studies Suggest Anti-Reservoir Drugs May He http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x45515058 Animal Studies Suggest Anti-Reservoir Drugs May Help 'Functionally Cure' HIV <BR> <BR> December 14, 2011 <BR> <BR> Animal Studies Suggest Anti-Reservoir Drugs May Help 'Functionally Cure' HIV <BR> <BR> Drugs targeting HIV reservoirs in the body may result in spontaneous control of viral replication, in the absence of antiretroviral (ARV) therapy, according to a new study involving 18 monkeys conducted by Andrea Savarino, MD, PhD, of the Istituto Superiore di Sanità in Rome and his colleag... Wed, 14 Dec 2011 19:24:14 EST Does Everyone Progress to AIDS? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x45500386 Question: <BR> <BR> Does everybody will develop AIDS?. I'm a little bit scared about it. I actually on ARV's (Efavirenz, Lamiduvina, and Tenofovir) with Viral Load under 50 and CD4+ 405. I live in Peru and will travel to Chile for an other job in the company where I work for. I hope I can live a normal life here in Chile. But, I scared. My company doesn't know I'm HIV+. I'm 33 years old. Regards y muchos saludos <BR> <BR> Response from Dr. Young <BR> <BR> Hola and thanks for posting from ... Tue, 13 Dec 2011 18:36:53 EST Post-Traumatic Stress and Long-Term HIV Survival: http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x45404551 Post-Traumatic Stress and Long-Term HIV Survival: How Do We Cope?I'd thought further any danger had ended when AIDS was somewhat brought under control in the 1990s. I was already a long-term HIV+ survivor, had lost scores and scores of dear ones (in fact every single Gay man I knew or had known to that point) so figured what's more to lose? <link>www.thebody.com/content/64830/under-<BR>the-radar-mental-health-and-hiv-risk.html </link> article indicates that I'm still affected strongly by a... Tue, 6 Dec 2011 20:16:25 EST Only a fraction of people w/ HIV on meds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x45299227 This article talks about the need to increase testing, counseling, getting people on medications for HIV/AIDS. <BR> <BR> <link>www.sparkpeople.com/resource/health_<BR>news_detail.asp?health_day=659332 </link> <BR> <BR> What I found to be surprising - and disappointing - was that they didn't mention our lack of national medical insurance. Or how many people don't have insurance and simply can't afford their meds. Wed, 30 Nov 2011 04:44:24 EST Most popular nutritional products in HIV http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x45295959 Question: What are the most popular vitamin/nutrition products marketed in HIV? If you have costs, that would be great. <BR> <BR> Answer: Response from Mr. Vergel <BR> <BR> These are the ones that have some research behind them in HIV: <BR> <BR> Omega 3 fish oils- They lower triglycerides and may have other benefits like anti-inflammatory properties. 2000-3000 mg per day. It will probably run $30 per month depending on the brand. <BR> <BR> Vitamin D- Most of us have deficiencies on this v... Tue, 29 Nov 2011 21:03:27 EST How is everyone doing? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x45250499 After a long hiatus, I'm checking in to see how everyone is doing? Anything new going on in your life? Ready for the holidays? Sat, 26 Nov 2011 21:14:14 EST Finding meds while travelling overseas http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x44692465 Has anyone travelled or lived outside the US or Canada, and had experience with finding HIV medications? DH and I are planning to travel for the first 10 or so years of retirement (beginning next Sept.) and the biggest issue is finding and buying his meds. Any ideas or suggestions? <BR> <BR> We currently get meds from our medical insurance company's pharmacy - but they won't ship overseas, and even if they send it to a family member who then FedExes it to us, it will go through Customs and... Fri, 21 Oct 2011 08:28:40 EST Hello, I Love You http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x37262x44446142 Greetings from Seattle....Been POZ 5 years, clean 3 1/2, and on meds for 1 1/2 yrs. don't know how to start really. Weight gained since April 2008, about 50..Also gave up smoking, but obviously have picked up some bad habits..Spark People looks like a fantastic resource.I would just like to find good nutrition plan, stick to it, and start seeing progress.. Discouragement.. Wed, 5 Oct 2011 18:48:53 EST health care providers not informed enough? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x44187589 many of my friends in my support group for HI?/Aids infected women have been teporting horror stories of ignorant health care providers. One's dentist dropped an instrument tray and began shouting at her when she disclosed her status, and another s new nurse practitioner whom she was meeting for the first time shouted at her in awaiting room of people for being 3 minutes late to an appointment and asked her "don't you take having HIV seriously!" I was shocked. this used to happen all the tim... Tue, 20 Sep 2011 17:53:43 EST Six Reasons Why People Skip Their HIV Meds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x44041787 By Kellee Terrell <BR> From The Body <BR> <BR> We all know why it's important to take your HIV medications every day. It keeps the virus in check, keeps you healthy and decreases your chances of becoming resistant to the meds. <BR> <BR> But let's face it: For most people, taking HIV medications every day as prescribed isn't the easiest thing to do. <BR> <BR> And anyone who says otherwise is lying. The reality is that everyday life brings with it obstacles that can block the way between you... Mon, 12 Sep 2011 11:35:11 EST Are You Surviving or Thriving With HIV? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x43989825 "'This isn't borrowed time, it is your time. Your time to live your life," Michael Moniz reminds us in this article reposted by blogger Robert Breining. "Being HIV+ doesn't limit your life more than anyone else's. ... The difference is you are now aware of your health and you can do something about it. It is not time to think about death, it is time to live.'" <BR> <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.thebody.com/content/63713/are-yo<BR>u-surviving-or-thriving-with-hiv.html?<BR>ic=700100 </link> Fri, 9 Sep 2011 08:50:42 EST Hello http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=-1x37262x43977296 Living the dream in Portland, Oregon. HIV+ since 1994, Take good care of myself, and am asymptomatic. Looking forward to being a team member with a positive and supporting attitude. Take care. Thu, 8 Sep 2011 14:12:55 EST Is It Possible to Live a Healthy Life & Avoid Meds http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x43817878 Question: <BR> <BR> Is It Possible to Live a Healthy Life and Avoid Meds Altogether? <BR> <BR> Response from Dr. McGovern <BR> <BR> It can certainly be daunting...However, once you find the right "cocktail" that doesn't cause you any side effects and suppresses your virus, you will be surprised how great you will feel! <BR> <BR> There is a time that you will be ready. Work with your physician to learn more so you can be better educated about all the medications and which ones might be the... Tue, 30 Aug 2011 18:33:57 EST Saliva Does Not Transmit HIV http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x43331474 A recent article in the Connecticut Post ("Southwestern Connecticut's largest daily newspaper") tells the story of the arrest of a naked Massachusetts man at a concert in Connecticut. <BR> <BR> The man allegedly spit on the 10-day-old tattoo of the arresting officer. The police claim the man said he had AIDS. The man was charged with assault on a police officer, criminal attempt at assault and criminal mischief. <BR> <BR> It's not clear in the article whether the man will face additional pu... Tue, 2 Aug 2011 15:03:29 EST Is It Really Better to Start HIV Meds ASAP? http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x42951827 Question/Comment: <BR> <BR> May 26, 2011 <BR> <BR> With someone elses question you had mentioned that you believed evidence would emerge that starting meds earlier would be better at preserving the immune system. But I have also read that the drugs are so toxic that being on them for too long isn't good either and that it's better to just start taking them at the recommended times or follwoing the typical guideline. I am a guy, 36, newly infected and really am struggling with understanding ... Tue, 12 Jul 2011 17:05:18 EST Suggested Ab Workouts!! http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=0x37262x42943488 At times, the last thing we can to do after an intense and tiresome workout is ABS. I wanted to share link of alternative ab workouts incorporated as yoga. You can do two important moves at once: cooling down body temperature and continue to exercise/strength. <BR> <BR> <link>online.prevention.com/flattenyourabs<BR>withyoga/list/1.shtml </link> <BR> <BR> Hope you can open link!! <BR> <BR> Have a great motivating and fantastic workout!!! <BR> <em>403</em> Tue, 12 Jul 2011 09:27:07 EST New DVD Releases for 7.12.11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x42902880 Rango Starring Johnny Depp and Timothy Olyphant (2011) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=k-OOfW6wWyQ </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> The Lincoln Lawyer Starring Marisa Tomei and Matthew McConaughey (2011) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlzJf9eH8kk </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Insidious Starring Patrick Wilson and Rose Byrne (2011) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=E1YbOMDI59k </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Arthur Starring Russell Brand and Greta Gerwig (2011) <BR> <BR>... Sun, 10 Jul 2011 09:04:54 EST New DVD Release for 7.5.11 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13696x37262x42780995 13 Assassins Starring Koji Yakusho (2011) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=NgPC74-Tde8 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Wake Wood Starring Eva Birthistle and Amelia Crowley (2011) ((horror)) <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=qS_L06Mub40 </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> Ferocious Planet Starring Joe Flanigan and John Rhys-Davies (2011) <BR> <BR> <BR> <link>www.youtube.com/watch?v=Em0m6LtRn-U </link> <BR> <BR> <BR> BloodRayne: The Third Reich - Director's Cut (Unrated) with Dig... Sun, 3 Jul 2011 15:00:01 EST Team Stats for June 2011 http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13769x37262x42744900 Team Positive was kicking some butt in June! Check out these numbers. <BR> <BR> Fitness Minutes <BR> <em>186</em> <em>182</em> <BR> <BR> 1) SAMI199 3,570 <BR> 2) PHEBESS 2,250 <BR> 3) PANBOOKS 2,064 <BR> 4) THININSIDENQT2 2,020 <BR> 5) SEASONS_CHANGE 1,760 <BR> 6) CRUISEGUY 1,443 <BR> 7) ROSALYN503 943 <BR> 8) GAIASCHILD 860 <BR> 9) DCONS001 470 <BR> 10) TONYVOYAGER 181 <BR> 11) MEOWMAMA3 70 <BR> 12) TXSPUD 65 <BR> 13) REVANN33 33 <BR> <BR> <BR> S... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 10:02:31 EST July Challenge **Update Your Spark Page** http://www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/team_messageboard_thread.asp?board=13769x37262x42744736 Good morning team! It's time to change our Spark Pages to reflect whatever you want. Post in this thread if you are participating so we know which pages to view. Vote for what you think the coolest page is by emailing me your vote. Please hold off voting until the 3rd week of this month to ensure everyone has a chance to think about and update their pages. The winning vote gets a $25.00 Amazon.com gift certificate. If you like your page the way it is, that's good too, just post in this thread... Fri, 1 Jul 2011 09:54:24 EST