Aging

Life expectancy for many HIVers is near normal

published: November, 03, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Aging, Health, Treatment, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

John McCullagh reports on a new UK study that suggests that, with prompt treatment, the life expectancy of many HIV positive people is near normal.

Life expectancy for many HIVers is near normal

It was not so long ago that receiving a diagnosis of HIV also meant a diagnosis of an early death. But the existence of effective treatments now means that HIVers are able to live with the virus to an increasingly older age. Recently, the British Medical Journal (BMJ) published a report of a study that suggests that, with prompt treatment, the life expectancy of many HIV positive people is near normal. Although the study focused on people living in the UK, it’s likely that the findings would

A senior's moment or memory loss.........again!

published: October, 31, 2011 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Aging, Mental Health, Health, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow remembers his problems with memory loss. Is it aging, HIV-related or something else?

A senior's moment or memory loss.........again!

Today I showed up for my doctor's office to get my annual flu shot, only to find out.....its tomorrow. Lucky for me, my doctor and my AIDS Servicer Organzation are in the same office. So while I was there I was able to report my volunteer hours that I forgot to email in, so it wasn't a total screw up. I don't quite remember when my memory started to get bad, I do remember I was way too young for it to be happening. It just sort of came on and then just got more noticeable. I was in my mid to l

Aging is gonna be the end of me someday.

published: October, 20, 2011 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Aging, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow thinks out loud about getting old – and it ain’t always pretty, he says.

Aging is gonna be the end of me someday.

This aging thing is really starting to piss me off, it’s totally ruining my life and one of these days it’s gonna kill me. I see the body as being the vehicle that gets the rest of me through life, I just wish I could have chosen a better model to get me there. This one is breaking down far too soon, but then it is a 1954 model. The last job I had was as a Personal Support Worker, working with elderly people in their own homes. My job was to assist them in getting up and ready for their da

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, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

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

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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