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A closer clue to understanding why HIV cures have been ineffective

published: November, 03, 2010 Categories // Health, Treatment

My interest lies in learning of the eradication of HIV from the human body or on the purging of contaminated HIV cells. Hence any research that looks at elimination of HIV holds my interest.

 As we know the current anti-HIV medication, do not kill HIV but only block the replication of the virus.   However the onslaught of living with a chronic virus and the ongoing inflammation in the immune system is not easy on the body.  At infection, HIV spreads through the human body after the viral DNA of HIV is incorporated into the genome of human cells. I do not get excited on how many new HART drugs are being churned out by the pharmaceuticals because it does the same

Smoking Cessation- part 3 of 3

published: October, 27, 2010 Categories // Health, Smoking Cessation

Quitting smoking has numerous health benefits. Twelve hours after quitting, carbon monoxide levels in your body drop to normal. One year after quitting, your added risk of heart disease is half that of a smoker'

The current data from Canada and US indicates the LGBT population smokes at a higher rate than the general public.  The key facts regarding this disparity include: gay, bisexual and transgender men are 2.0 to 2.5 times more likely to smoke than heterosexual men.  Lesbian, bisexual and transgender women are 1.5 to 2.0 times more likely to smoke than heterosexual women.  Bisexual boys and girls have some of the highest smoking rates when compared with both their heterosexual and h

The Coles Notes: Age Predicts T4 cell response to HAART

published: October, 19, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Health, Brian Finch

"Immunologic response decreased with increasing age and the estimates were statistically significant....

"Immunologic response decreased with increasing age and the estimates were statistically significant.....the immunologic outcome did not differ by regimen class, but was clearly impacted by age with older individuals less likely to have an increase in of at least 100 cells/μl.....our observation that older individuals are less likely to have a robust immunologic response suggest that the optimal time to start HAART might differ by age......Our data did not show improved virologic response in

If you're HIV positive and smoke- Part 2 of 3

published: October, 13, 2010 Categories // Health, Smoking Cessation

“Men who have sex with men are disproportionately more likely to smoke cigarettes than their heterosexual counterparts. The rate is an estimated 55.9 percent higher among MSM”( The Body.com). Smoking in LGBT communities has always been higher then hetero

“Smoking aggravates health issues, making dental problems, gum disease and mouth cancer more common. In addition, people with HIV who smoke get lung cancer, emphysema, Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), pneumonia and other lung infections more often than smokers who do not have HIV. Finally, smoking weakens your immune system, undermining the effects of your HIV medications.” (The Body.com). “Men who have sex with men are disproportionately more likely to smoke cigarettes than

Lipoatrophy and Efavirenz Tied to Vitamin D Deficiency in Ontario

published: October, 05, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Health, Brian Finch

The First International Workshop on HIV and Aging, October 4-5, 2010, Baltimore
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...has featured an Ontario study that links lipoatrophy (loss of fat) and the use of Efavirenz (Susitva, also used in combination with other drugs in Atripla, the once a day pill) along with prior use of certain HIV medications. The Coles Notes: Past use of antiretroviral medicatiosn that is known to be implicated in the loss of fat, such as D4T and AZT, as well as current use of Efavirenz (Sustiva) in this Windsor-based study showed to have tripled the risk of vitamin D deficiency. There were

HIV and Ageing – so hot it’s getting old!

published: September, 29, 2010 Categories // Health, Bob Leahy - Publisher

It may be old news in the very literal sense but the topic of HIV and how it affects an ageing population (or aging, if you speak American) is hot right now. . . .

HIV and Ageing – so hot it’s getting old!

   . . . . .Not all of it is good news, but in the tradition of PositiveLite.com, I’m determined to put a (pardon the pun) positive spin on all this. So here goes. Growing old(er) has its advantages. They are buried underneath a whole pile of shit not-so-good things which we won’t talk about, but they are there. Chief amongst these is that with age comes maturity, acceptance and the ability to process your- HIV-ness perhaps more thoughtfully and intelligently.   To come

Smoking Out a Deadly Threat- Part 1 of 3

published: September, 27, 2010 Categories // Health, Smoking Cessation

It is know for its carcinogenic effect. Yet countless million indulge in it , every minutes, on the hour, daily, at break time, upon waking, before bedtime, before, after and in-between sex, and with every breath.

What is in a puff of smoke? It is know for its carcinogenic effect. Yet countless million indulge in it , every minutes, on the hour, daily, at break time, upon waking, before bedtime, before, after and in-between sex, and with every breath. Younger women and men in developing countries have taken up the indulgence.  It after effects impacts others in close proximity and yet we are no closer to minimizing its spread.  Its addiction is said to be as potent as other narcotics includi

New Use for Raltegravir?: The Coles Notes

published: September, 26, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Health, Brian Finch

Raltegravir – the salmon coloured pill, otherwise known as an integrase inhibitor has been shown to potentially be effective against Herpes.

Raltegravir – the salmon coloured pill, otherwise known as an integrase inhibitor has been shown to potentially be effective against Herpes. According to scienceblog.com, “These results have a clear medical impact for three reasons”, explains Miquel Coll, also a CSIC research professor. “First, humans do not have the viral protein that is affected, thus this would allow a highly specific drug that does not show the secondary effects that other drugs may have. Second, the inhibitor is n

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

Furry Friends Friday: the Peripheral Neuropathy Edition

published: September, 17, 2010 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Health, Bob Leahy - Publisher

I hope you’re not getting sick of seeing these guys. These are our three errant hounds in their very best “we are not amused” pose.

 Actually, it’s all a front. They are easily amused, if tickling their tummies counts.  We’re fortunate to be living right out in the country where our dogs (left to right Dudley, Dougall and Peggy) can roam quite freely, at least within the confines of an invisible fence. So I don’t need to take them for walks. Which is just as well because walking has been a touchy issue of mine lately. Blame it on the peripheral neuropathy  in my feet. It’s probably a side effect of t

Need To Know: The Pipeline & Beyond - HIV PLUS magazine article.

published: September, 16, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Health, Brian Finch

While cruising around through all my emails, and list serves etc, I came across what I think is the best synthesis of the HIV issues of the day, and treatments down the pipeline.

By internet standards it’s a bit of a read, but I think it is quite informative, from hivplusmag.com called “2010 & Beyond” One point of interest on what is down the pipeline, ias PRO 140, which I’ve been hearing about for awhile.  What is being looked at is using monoclonal antibodies, which have revolutionized cancer treatment. TaiMed Biologics and Progenics Pharmaceuticals have produced an agent (PRO 140) that is an antibody that prevents HIV attaching to the T4 cell, or CD

Tenofovir and kidney function

published: September, 16, 2010 Categories // Health, Treatment

We all know HIV drugs affect various organs – but one anti HIV drug in particular is processed by the kidneys.

That drug is tenofovir (Viread). It is also in the combination pill called Truvada and in Atripla. Tenofovir has been in the news off and on.  Does it have an adverse impact on kidney function or not?  The clinical impact is said to be minimal and it is considered a safe drug.  But it has been implicated in the loss of bone mineral density, increases the risk of fractures and/or may affect calcium absorption. A recent systematic review and meta-analysis conducted by an internati

2010 Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy - HIghlights

published: September, 15, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Events, Health, Brian Finch

For those of you who are technically inclined, and do take an interest in treatments and what's coming down the pipeline, such as myself, I thought I'd post some updates...

 ..from http://natap.org/, which is extensively covering the 2010 Interscience Conference on Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy taking place in Boston.  This is a great resource. GSK (GlaxoSmithKline) as acquired a new Non-nucleoside Reverse Transcriptase Inhibitor (NNRTI). I'm still a bit confused because I thought GSK merged to become a company called ViiVe, and I'll sort this out and get clarification. These updates are about the new aquisition of IDX899. Sustiva was a difficul

PTSD Symptoms Common Among People With HIV - A personal Perspective

published: September, 06, 2010 Written by // Brian Finch - Founder Categories // Health, Brian Finch

When I read this headline, my attention was immediately grabbed. A friend of my jokes about having PTSD, and of course I call my ex-dog the PSTD dog (which really was no exaggeration as he was traumatized by months long jack hammering on the balconies an

PTSD Symptoms Common Among People With HIV, published in AIDSMEDS When I read this headline, my attention was immediately grabbed.  A friend of my jokes about having PTSD, and of course I call my ex-dog the PSTD dog (which really was no exaggeration as he was traumatized by months long jack hammering on the balconies and I had to find him a new home). But really, as people who live with HIV, do we experience Post Traumatic Stress Disorder symptoms? The latest information word to come out

In The Presence of Grace: Amma, my man and I

published: September, 02, 2010 Categories // Health, Spirituality

As I write this, I am very aware that many persons and especially LGBT persons have had many negative experiences with various religious institution and religious teachers

As I write this, I am very aware that many persons and especially LGBT persons have had many negative experiences with various religious institution and religious teachers.  A core part of my health regimen is always nurturing my spiritual growth over the years especially since my HIV diagnosis in 1989.   In the latest edition of Chapter 5, Managing Your Health, 2009, CATIE, http://www.catie.ca/eng/myh/ch5.shtml I explain further my daily spiritual practices.   As it i

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