Treatment

Adding Some New Meds to the Mix

published: May, 21, 2012 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow updates us on treatments he’s now started taking for peripheral neuropathy and for calcium deficiency

Adding Some New Meds to the Mix

I’m having success with two new meds, One has helped me improve two areas - walking and sleeping, but is it just a temporary fix? The other medications? Well, read on……… At my last doctor’s visit I was telling him again that I was having troubles when going on my hikes. After walking long distances or standing in one spot for long periods of time, it felt like I was standing in bare feet on a bed of stones. I would always have to shift from one foot to the other to take the pressure

The once-a-day HIV Prevention Pill.

published: May, 13, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // As Prevention , Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Guest Authors

PreP gets one step closer to reality. Truvada appears safe for HIV prevention, FDA says and may be approved for people at risk.

The once-a-day HIV Prevention Pill.

From The Associated Press via CTV News  WASHINGTON —  U.S. drug regulators on Tuesday affirmed landmark study results showing that a popular HIV-fighting pill can also help healthy people avoid contracting the virus that causes AIDS in the first place. While the pill appears safe and effective for prevention, scientists stressed that it only works when taken on a daily basis. The Food and Drug Administration will hold a meeting Thursday to discuss whether Truvada should be approved for p

The Connections: Poverty, Homelessness and HIV

published: May, 06, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Treatment, Revolving Door, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Guest Authors

Guest Post: A UCSF Study shows poverty undercuts otherwise major gains in HIV treatment

The Connections: Poverty, Homelessness and HIV

This article by Jeff Sheehy was first posted on the website of University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) here.  Published with permission.   In a groundbreaking study published last year, scientists reported that effective treatment with HIV medications not only restores health and prolongs life in many HIV-infected patients, but also curtails transmission to sexual partners up to ninety-seven percent. However, a new study by UCSF scientists shows that lack of basic living needs sever

Treatments on Trial (le français suit)

published: May, 04, 2012 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Living with HIV

CATIE highlights resources for PHAs thinking about joining a clinical trial.

Treatments on Trial (le français suit)

As the warmer weather approaches, so does the HIV research conference season. Yes, we get excited about HIV research conferences here at CATIE. In late April, the Canadian HIV research community gathered for the annual conference put on by the Canadian Association of HIV Research —known to us HIV geeks as the CAHR conference. And of course, the big biennial International AIDS Conference is being held in July in Washington, DC. It becomes very evident during an HIV research conference that

Holidazed.

published: May, 02, 2012 Categories // Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV

Travelling woes: J from Singapore is stranded for three days without HIV meds.

My best friend and I just came back from a vacation from Manila a few days ago. It was supposed to be a quick five-day unwinding involving the beach, the mountains, the shopping and of course nightlife. We covered those bases as planned; the unexpected was the three extended days of personal hell. At least that’s what the agony of not having access to anti-retroviral medication felt like. It isn’t so much what non-medication in the moment does at that moment in time, but its implications i

It's gone down to how much?

published: April, 15, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

We love posts like this! Newly diagnosed guest writer Richard T checks back in with his latest lab work results - he started treatment recently - and they’re really good!

It's gone down to how much?

Follow the links to Richard T.’s previous posts for PositiveLite.com under "Related Articles" below. I woke up early and felt like a teenager who had to ring up for their examination results. I normally email my nurse for the results of my blood tests but this time, as I hadn't spoken with her for a while, felt that phoning would be better and a bit more social. So six weeks after treatment began, I have updated my graph with my latest results from the clinic. (see below) A picture does sa

HIV and the Older Patient

published: April, 04, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // General Health, Newly Diagnosed, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

New US HIV Treatment Guidelines which discuss when to start antiretroviral therapy also include an important new section on HIV and the older patient.

HIV and the Older Patient

Editor’s note:  The most eye-catching piece of information here – and this is new - is the statement that if you’re living with HIV, over 50 years of age and haven’t yet started antiretroviral (ARV) therapy, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services now recommend HIV treatment, regardless of your CD4 cell count. PositiveLite.com discussed the guidelines relating to the general  HIV-positive population here. Today we focus specifically on the section relating to HIV and aging

When to start treatment?

published: April, 03, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Current Affairs, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

New US guidelines released just last week recommend treatment for all people with HIV infection. Are they a step in the right direction, something that others should consider following? Bob Leahy reports.

When to start treatment?

Newly updated US treatment guidelines are recommending antiretroviral treatment for all people with HIV infection, rather than starting at a particular CD4 range. But for those about to start treatment and their doctors, it’s not quite that simple; the strength of the recommendations varies by category of patient. Here is how a simplified scale looks: CD4 count less than 350 – strong recommendation CD4 count 350 to 500 - strong recommendation CD4 count over 500 – moderate recommend

Recently infected individuals: A priority for HIV prevention

published: March, 31, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // CATIE, Newly Diagnosed, Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

In this article, CATIE explores why recently infected individuals are more likely to transmit HIV to others and how we can help prevent these transmissions from occurring.

Recently infected individuals: A priority for HIV prevention

"Recently infected individuals: A priority for HIV prevention" by James Wilton first appeared in Prevention in Focus, Fall Issue 2011, a publication of CATIE. A French language version is available here.  People living with HIV can potentially transmit HIV to others through unprotected sex at any time during their life. However, emerging research suggests that a disproportionate number of HIV transmissions—perhaps more than half—may originate from people during the first few months aft

Prevention and its discontents

published: March, 22, 2012 Written by // Michael Bouldin Categories // As Prevention , Gay Men, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality , Michael Bouldin

Michael Boudin says “walking a red light can get you killed; it can also get you to a job interview on time.”

Prevention and its discontents

In November of 2010, The New York Times wrote, under the headline ‘An AIDS Advance, Hiding in the Open’, about what at first and even second glance appeared to be a major step forward in HIV prevention: Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, or PrEP. In the war against AIDS, a new weapon has emerged. It wasn’t a secret weapon. It was a well-established treatment pill that has only now been shown to be effective as a prevention pill too. Which raises a question: What took so long? Last week, a cl

Understanding Risk: A Conversation

published: March, 20, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // As Prevention , Features and Interviews, Health, Research, Sexual Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Editor Bob Leahy interviews CATIE’s James Wilton about the tricky topic of communicating risk in the age of undetectable viral load

Understanding Risk: A Conversation

Bob Leahy: James, you gave a presentation at the Gay Men’s Sexual Health Summit in Toronto last week on Understanding and Communicating Risk: Viral Load and HIV Transmission. That’s a topic that fascinates us here, and one we’ve been following on PositiveLite.com for some time. Clearly it’s important for people living with HIV to have the best possible understanding of this too.  With this in mind, thank you for agreeing to talk to PositiveLite.com and helping us understand more. I g

Not All Redemption Songs

published: March, 18, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Activism, Gay Men, As Prevention , Features and Interviews, Health, Sexual Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Sex and Sexuality

Activists Alex McClelland and Mikiki talk sex, irresponsibility and accountability.

Not All Redemption Songs

As part of the ongoing AIDS ACTION NOW! POSTER/virus project, which will continue with a new series of posters in 2012, Alex McClelland of AIDS ACTION NOW! and Mikiki, the artist (in collaboration with Scott Donald) behind the provocative:  “I Party, I Bareback, I’m Positive, I’m Responsible”  poster, sat down to chat about the HIV community’s response to the project, and examined together what being ‘responsible’ really means for people living with HIV 30 years into the epide

Crossed the line?

published: February, 08, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Health, Treatment, Revolving Door, Living with HIV, Guest Authors, Population Specific

In his third post for PositiveLite.com newly diagnosed Richard T. contemplates starting treatment. “On the emotional side, going past the point at which treatment is recommended hit me in quite a significant way.”

Crossed the line?

I have finally crossed the threshold of decision.I had my latest blood results back and my CD4 is now 330, so 60 points less than last time, and 60 points less than the last time before then. A little disappointing as I did read somewhere that it might decline 60 points every 6 months, so I'm ahead of the game. I've always been a bit impatient to get things done, so perhaps that's why. People who do not have HIV can expect a CD4 of anything between 500 and 1200, and treatment is recommended a

There’s a Pill for That

published: February, 06, 2012 Categories // Health, Treatment, Living with HIV

One pill makes you larger, one pill makes you small.....

With the rise of new media and the shift from Web 2.0 to Web 3.0 threatening to overtake us all, who knew that the themes of personalisation, usability, standardisation, participation and mashups which are becoming part of our daily lives have long been established in HIV treatment – yes, that’s right. We have a disease but there’s a pill for that. Now, without being complacent as to the precariousness of the treatment situation which continues to face us and the fact we are still witho

Naturopathic Doctors: They're not all the same!

published: January, 26, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Alternative Therapies, Treatment, Guest Authors

My name is Timothy Swift. I am a Naturopathic Doctor practicing in Toronto, Ontario. Like most Naturopaths I have more then one college/university degree. I have four!

Naturopathic Doctors: They're not all the same!

I am honored to be asked by Brian Finch to present an article for his website.  In my first posting, I am going to introduce you to Naturopathic Medicine, what becoming a Naturopathic Doctor requires and some of what you can look forward to in reading my column. My name is Timothy Swift.  I am a Naturopathic Doctor practicing in Toronto, Ontario.  Like most Naturopaths I have more then one college/university degree.  I have four!  Yes a type A, over achiever.  Gu

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