Treatment

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

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

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

All New Practical Guide to HIV Drug Treatment/Tout beau, tout nouveau, le dernier Guide pratique du traitement antirétroviral

published: January, 04, 2011 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Treatment

All New Practical Guide to HIV Drug Treatment

All New Practical Guide to HIV Drug Treatment/Tout beau, tout nouveau, le dernier Guide pratique du traitement antirétroviral

All New Practical Guide to HIV Drug Treatment (le français suit) Happy New Year to all you readers of PositiveLite.com! May 2011 be full of health and happiness (and a good adventure or two—we all need adventures).  As Canada’s source for HIV and hepatitis C information, CATIE can certainly help you with the first one—health, so get in touch  whenever you have a question about HIV or hepatitis C. We’re starting the year with a bang as big as a firecracker: Our all new Pract

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

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

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

Dreaming the Impossible – a HIV Cure Is Closer Than Many Think

published: July, 17, 2010 Categories // Health, Treatment

A cure really? For many of us the idea of a cure for HIV/AIDS sounds so foreign –like it is only possible in a different galaxy or a different lifetime.

A cure really? For many of us the idea of a cure for HIV/AIDS sounds so foreign –like it is only possible in a different galaxy or a different lifetime. For the past 14 years since 1996, the birth of HAART, HART or ART –however one chooses to call it, we have been sold the idea that HAART is as good as it gets. New drugs are often the reinvention of another drug, with similar crappy side effects and a few novel drugs have made it to the market. Millions of people are employed in the bu

Micronutrients for Living Well with HIV –Part 1 of 3

published: July, 31, 2010 Categories // Alternative Therapies, Health, Treatment, Vitamins - Supplements

I have been recently presenting workshops on HIV and nutrition. What I have come to understand and acknowledge over the 15 years of speaking on nutrition...

I have been recently presenting workshops on HIV and nutrition. What I have come to understand and acknowledge over the 15 years of speaking on nutrition, many poz persons have not fully integrated nutrition as part of their health regimen. Unfortunately, many staff and volunteers at ASOs/NGOs in Canada or across then world, who work in treatment or outreach with PHAS have minimal knowledge of impact of nutrition on immune system.   As the Vienna Conference is over, with not a single w

Rising Up

published: May, 21, 2010 Categories // Women, Treatment, Guest Authors

I was infected with HIV in 1985 from my fiancé who shot dope as a teen in New York.

Please welcome Vickie Lynn in next in our guest contributor series. This is her first blog post, and I'm thrilled she has joined our PositiveLite.com family.   I was infected with HIV in 1985 from my fiancé who shot dope as a teen in New York. What a gift he gave me. I spent the next few years in a drunken, coked out haze of parties and hangovers. I made a conscious choice; if I was dying (that is what I believed at the time), I was going to go out with a bang. And what a bang I made

420

published: May, 25, 2010 Categories // Alternative Therapies, Legal, Treatment

n light of Bill S-10 in Parliament and the recent raid of Toronto's Cannabis As Living Medicine (CALM) club only six days before by Police, I had expected those mobilizing on Parliament Hill for the annual 420 Protest...

In light of Bill S-10 in Parliament and the recent raid of Toronto's Cannabis As Living Medicine (CALM) club only six days before by Police, I had expected those mobilizing on Parliament Hill for the annual 420 Protest (So named after the Police code for marijuana) to be more politically charged. Instead, as the Parliamentary Peace Tower clock struck 4:20pm, the crowd erupted in cheers, gleefully lit up there joints and laid back in the sun as a fog of pot smoke comically wafted over the

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