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The Treatment Coles Notes: This combination therapy is not looking good for those with high viral loads. - Updated March 17, 2011

published: March, 17, 2011 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Health, Guest Authors

Nuke-sparing combination doesn't work well with high viral load. Read more for the simple facts.

The Treatment Coles Notes: This combination therapy is not looking  good for those with high viral loads. - Updated March 17, 2011

Treatment Info: The Coles Notes Edition Source: NATAP People who began a first-line nucleoside-free regimen of darunavir/ritonavir plus raltegravir with a viral load above 100,000 copies ran a higher risk of virologic failure and raltegravir resistance than if they started with a lower viral load [1]. At week 48 of this single-arm study by the AIDS Clinical Trials Group (ACTG), one quarter of study participants had protocol-defined virologic failure, a rate  higher than those seen with fi

Amy Justice discusses the Veterans Aging Cohort Study @ the OHTN Research 2010 conference

published: March, 14, 2011 Written by // Ontario HIV Treatment Network - Research, Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Features and Interviews, Health, Ontario HIV Treatment Network

During last fall's OHTN Research Conference 2010, the OHTN and PositiveLite.com began working on the idea of presenting video snapshots of some of the research presented.

Amy Justice discusses the Veterans Aging Cohort Study @ the OHTN Research 2010 conference

Welcome to a new collaboration between the Ontario HIV Treatment Network and PositiveLite.com. During last fall's OHTN Research Conference 2010, the OHTN and PositiveLite.com began working on the idea of presenting video snapshots of some of the research presented. In this pilot project our goals are to provide a very quick overview of the researcher's work. Additionally, we take a look at some of the community-based research, an important area of research that touches the lives of HIV+

Who knows exactly WHEN they were infected?

published: March, 14, 2011 Categories // Health, Living with HIV

Montrealer Ken Monteith refuses to speculate who was the source of his HIV infection, but still wonders about when it happened

Who knows exactly WHEN they were infected?

I started this blog as the story of one person’s experience of living with AIDS, shortly after the ninth anniversary of my diagnosiis. The story starts with my diagnosis and a refusal to speculate on the source of my infection. I find myself less and less satisfied with that as a starting point, as my baseline CD4+ count attests to the fact that it all started long before that. But when? I want to be very careful not to turn this revision into a search for someone on whom to lay blame. I don

Pain in the…foot? Peripheral Neuropathy (le français suit)

published: March, 07, 2011 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

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Pain in the…foot? Peripheral Neuropathy (le français suit)

Pain in the…foot? Peripheral Neuropathy With the advent of effective anti-HIV therapy, people with HIV are healthier than ever before. Some of the old skool health problems—such as Kaposi’s sarcoma and wasting—have become much less of an issue than they were 15 years ago. In the world of HIV, they are often eclipsed by newer, trendier concerns such as diabetes and heart disease. Peripheral neuropathy—nerve damage that affects the extremities of the body, mostly the feet—is one of t

Video Post: Fitness stud Nelson Vergel raids Mark S. King's fridge.

published: February, 26, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Fitness and Exercise, Features and Interviews, Health, Mark S. King

"Nelson Vergel is not impressed with my refrigerator. Sure, it has double doors and a freezer drawer, but he’s criticizing almost every damn thing inside it. Most of the items say “low fat” or “sugar free,” but he claims it’s all a terrible lie."

Video Post: Fitness stud Nelson Vergel raids Mark S. King's fridge.

Letting the HIV fitness and nutrition expert  take over my kitchen seemed like a good idea at the time. I turned fifty over the holidays (after living with HIV for over half my life, I’m ancient in AIDS years), and my body is… changing. I need to pull myself together. I did quit smoking a year ago – perhaps my greatest health achievement, aside from getting clean and sober – but while resting on my laurels, my laurels got hungry. Today, I’m hauling at least twenty extra pounds.

Sitting pretty - facial wasting (lipoatrophy) and what some HIVers are doing about it

published: February, 19, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Health, Treatment, Mark S. King

Mark S. King shows us the way in a reprise of two video posts demonstrating treatment with facial fillers to counteract the effects of lipoatrophy. Does it work? You be the judge.

Sitting pretty - facial wasting (lipoatrophy) and what some HIVers are doing about it

Treating My Facial Wasting is the first video below. After dealing with facial lipoatrophy (wasting) and seeing it so evident in my videos, I decided to do something about it by visiting Dr. Gerald Pierone in Vero Beach, FL and being treated with injections of facial fillers. Facial wasting and fat displacement are common side effects of both HIV infection and the medications used to treat it (originally appeared on The Body, March 25, 2009) Treating My Facial Wasting: An Update is the second

Why You Should Care about the "Other" H Virus (le français suit)

published: February, 17, 2011 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Hep B and C, CATIE, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Living with HIV

Pop quiz! Can hepatitis C be passed during sex?

Why You Should Care about the

(le français suit) Pop quiz! Can hepatitis C be passed during sex? Time's up. What's your answer? While many people know that hepatitis C virus can pass through blood-to-blood contact during activities like sharing needles or straws while doing drugs, sex wasn't really considered a risk for passing the virus—at least until fairly recently. Starting about a decade ago, cases of Hep C among groups of HIV-positive gay men who did not inject drugs raised the possibility of Hep C passing during

Thanks to CBC I'll never lick chicken off a food tray ever again.

published: February, 16, 2011 Categories // Health, Brian Finch

Thanks to CBC I'll never lick chicken off a food tray ever again.

Prior to writing this piece, I’ve been a bit paranoid about germs. Having lived through SARS in Toronto, and HINI as an asthmatic, it’s hard not to be. Over the years I’ve had the A – Z of gut infections, and no I’m not into rimming. In fact my motto generally is “you can do anything you want, just don’t kiss me on the lips after!” And yes, I use a meat thermometer. Two bits of information hve recently been disseminated through the fine work of CBC’s Marketplace, an inve

Cannabis Use and Earlier Onset of Psychosis

published: February, 15, 2011 Categories // Mental Health, Health

The HIV sector has not undertaken any long term research on the safety of marijuana use on immune functions, mental health or concurrent disorders in poz persons who smoke marijuana.

   The use of marijuana or cannabis is common amongst HIV positive persons to assist as an appetite stimulant and minimize weight lost.  Its use has been “normalized” in the HIV community, and in general marijuana use in the poz community has not caused much concern.  But the HIV sector has not undertaken any long term research on the safety of marijuana use on immune functions, mental health or concurrent disorders in poz persons who smoke marijuana. Additionally,

Hitting the Gym with HIV Fitness Expert Nelson Vergel

published: February, 08, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Food, Nutrition and Recipes, Fitness and Exercise, Features and Interviews, Health, Mark S. King

I’m as vain as the next guy. And if the next guy happens to be modest, or straight, or comfortable in his own skin, then it’s really no contest.

Hitting the Gym with HIV Fitness Expert Nelson Vergel

I’m as vain as the next guy. And if the next guy happens to be modest, or straight, or comfortable in his own skin, then it’s really no contest. I’m way more vain. Describing my vanity requires making up new words. Vainer. The vainiest. Psychovain. That must be the old Mark, because the new one is appearing in gym clothes standing next to HIV fitness and nutrition expert Nelson Vergel. There I am, all doughy and smiling, thirty pounds heavier after a year without a cigarette (how long do

Creepy Crawlers

published: February, 06, 2011 Written by // Philip Minaker - Style Categories // Health, Philip Minaker

New York City is currently the number one American city in bedbug infestation as is Vancouver in Canada.

Creepy Crawlers

Getting “Crabs” is a Gay rite of passage. Remember the discomfort, paranoia and anxiety of being infested and the mad panic to get rid of those little critters? Multiply that by a few months or possibly a year and then you can imagine the trauma of having Bedbugs. Though largely eradicated in the developed world in the 1940’s, they have mysteriously returned with a vengeance. Bedbugs are appearing in Hotels, Second Hand Shops and a variety of other public institutions and public modes of

New 2011 HIV Treatment Guidelines

published: January, 31, 2011 Categories // Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Treatment

Devan Nambiar looks at recent changes in standards of care for people living with HIV

The US Dept. of Health and Humans Services updated the HIV treatment guidelines in January 2011. The review and clinical updates is conducted twice a year as science understands more of the intricacies of HART and the immune health. What has changed? 1. The guidelines state that CD4 + cells /mm3 only need to be monitored every 6 to 12 months for most HIV positive persons who are successful on HART and does not have another concomitant illness. Concomitant illness such as kidney disease, liver

My Muscles, My Disease: Portrait of a Gay Drug Addict

published: January, 25, 2011 Written by // Mark S. King - My Fabulous Disease Categories // Mental Health, Health, Opinion Pieces, Mark S. King

"It wouldn’t be long before my drug use trumped my gym schedule, and my status in online chat rooms devolved from intriguing hottie to that crazy mess that doesn’t look like his pictures."

My Muscles, My Disease: Portrait of a Gay Drug Addict

There is a folder, tucked within a folder, buried deep in my computer files. I shouldn’t be looking at its contents, yet I can’t bring myself to delete it altogether. It is labeled MARCUS, and inside the folder is my disease. During my years of crystal meth addiction I went by the name of Marcus, at least to dealers and tricks and fellow addicts. It helped me determine who was calling my cell phone – those calling for Mark or Marcus usually had very different agendas – and Marcus even

Like sex much? (le français suit)

published: January, 22, 2011 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Health, Sexual Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Sex and Sexuality

CATIE is a pretty sex-positive place (tho’, fortunately, we don’t have to endure the corny disco music). We like sex, and we like it safer. We also appreciate that sex is not everyone’s cup of tea (and we’re cool with that) . .

Like sex much? (le français suit)

. . but if it is yours and you’re an HIV-positive gay man, we have three resources we want to share with you—happy ending guaranteed.  Pozitively Healthy: a gay man’s guide to sex and health in Canada Sex can be a minefield for sexually active HIV-positive gay men. This guide tackles sexual health, top to bottom. It covers the risk of passing on HIV during different sex acts, and it also has sections called “Hard-on, not hard up” and “Coming clean on butt play.” Th

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

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