General Health

Buckle Your Seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy ride!. Bette always said it best.

published: August, 24, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // General Health, Mental Health, Health, Brian Finch

I’ve been trying to write a light and funny post for quite some time, but it just hasn’t been in me.

Buckle Your Seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy ride!. Bette always said it best.

I’ve been trying to write a light and funny post for quite some time, but it just hasn’t been in me. Like many people living with HIV, I struggle with depression, and have been hit with a major bout of it. I want to thank Bob Leahy for helping out so much over this past bit of time. Hence I have not been writing, been on Twitter, and maybe a smidgen on Facebook, but not much there either. What I am seeing here in Toronto is a major gap in services for people who need help to deal with at t

Common Lab Tests for HIVers and Why You May Need Them

published: July, 31, 2011 Categories // General Health, Health, Guest Authors

Don’t understand why all those vials of blood are taken, what the tests are and what the results tell your doctor - and you? This will really help.

Common Lab Tests for HIVers and Why You May Need Them

This article by D. Gregory Smith first appeared in The Blierico Project . The Bilerico Project is the web's largest LGBTQ group blog with dozens of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and genderqueer contributors.  Check ithe website out.  It's highly recommended.  HIV-infected persons have a lot to deal with. It can be hard to think about - and even harder to talk about. There's a lot to know about this disease and it can be overwhelming. Because it can be, we may

Brian FInch on Empowerment Interview: Proud FM

published: June, 15, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // General Health, Features and Interviews, Health, Brian Finch

Hear my tips on getting the most out of your doctors' appointments.

Brian FInch on Empowerment Interview: Proud FM

Last week I went on Proud FM for an interview on "patient empowerment." This is just a fancy way of saying I had a chat about how to make the most out of your doctor's visit; if you are having trouble with your medications don't be afraid to do something about it.  There are so many options for HIV medications these days that for most people there is always another combination that will work for you.  People such as myself who are multi-drug resistant don't have a lot of o

Mind Games - (le français suit)

published: April, 11, 2011 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Aging, CATIE, General Health, Mental Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health

What can you do to keep your brain sharp? Instead of listing a bunch of ideas here, we want to suggest you read the fantastic Positive Side article “A Mind of Her Own."

 Mind Games - (le français suit)

We know what you’re thinking: “Those folks at CATIE would never play with our minds, so what can this post possibly be about?” You’re right, we never would; we’re straight-shooters. So, what are these mind games then? How’s about we call them mental gymnastics, as in the things you can do for your brain to keep it in tip-top shape. We know that HIV affects the brain, and that the extreme damage, called AIDS dementia complex, is now much less common thanks to HIV treatment. However,

Inflammation in HIV Disease

published: March, 26, 2011 Categories // Aging, General Health, Health, Living with HIV

Devan Nambiar says the bottom line is that the cause of inflammation is unclear and is likely multifactorial. Further research is needed to improve quality of life, minimize degenerative diseases and co-morbidity in HIVers on HAART

Inflammation is a hot topic and of much concern for many PHAs. However the findings from various research do not provide specific answers but have at least started to look beyond HIV viral load and CD4+. Cardiovascular Disease (CVD): Research in ongoing HIV disease has found many factors that cause inflammation on a cellular level in the body. We know untreated HIV infection causes a state of intense chronic inflammation, which co-relates with early onset of cardiovascular disease in HIV infec

The Most Effective Anti–Cholesterol Drugs

published: January, 19, 2011 Categories // General Health, Health, Treatment

Devan Nambiar tells us HIVers how to have healthy cardio-vascular systems

High cholesterol and an increase in triglyceride level (fat in the blood) is a concern for many poz folks. Cardiovascular disease is a high risk factor for HIVers too. Many factors can cause an increase in cholesterol and triglycerides, including HIV infection. High cholesterol and triglyceride levels are treated with statin drugs, such as Lipitor (atorvastatin), Pravachol ( pravastatin) and Crestor (rosuvastatin). The statin drugs help to decrease bad cholesterol (LDL), increase good choleste

Treating Influenza Naturally with Homeopathic Medicine

published: November, 17, 2010 Categories // Alternative Therapies, General Health, Health, Treatment

I do not get flu vaccine as I believe there are many ways to boost our immune system versus getting the shot. For years, I have used complementary therapies to keep the flu bug away

As many of us folks living in this colder climate are approaching the flu season and health providers are recommending we get our flu vaccines.  I do not get flu vaccine as I believe there are many ways to boost our immune system versus getting the shot.  For years, I have used complementary therapies to keep the flu bug away.  It is very important to take adequate vitamin D3 from 1000 I.U. to 4000 I.U. daily as our gorgeous sun tends to disappear.   One of the effecti

HIV and Arthritis

published: September, 21, 2010 Categories // Aging, General Health, Health

A while back in late summer of this year, I attended a public forum on HIV and Arthritis. As I get older and having hit the 50 year mark, I wonder...

..if the aches and pains in my bones and joints are of an organic process or what else is brewing below the skin level in the joints, bones and muscles.   I was having a peculiar pain in my knees and wrist and I wondered was this arthritis or  living with HIV or just getting older, or long-term effects of HIV drugs or all of the above! I do realise that every year for the last 3 years as we approach the fall season, my bones get a wake up call. Interesting every September and O

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