DeltaFFinDFW From United States of America, joined Sep 2003, 1402 posts, RR: 1 Posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 19 hours ago) and read 3622 times:
This is scary.
"The onset of AIDS usually occurs more than 10 years after initial infection with the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV). But in the case diagnosed last week, the time lag appeared to be just two to three months."
DLKAPA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 2, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 13 hours ago) and read 3521 times:
AIDS is not a virus. It is a syndrome, specifically Acquired Immuno-Deficiency Syndrome. A Syndrome is not a virus, rather a syndrome is a set of specific characteristics and conditions, caused by other diseases. HIV is a virus, Human Immunodeficiency Virus. This virus continually erodes away at your immune system until your immune system cannot fight even the most basic of infections, at that point it is considered that you have AIDS, therefore HIV causes AIDS. It is possible, though rare, to life for your entire life with HIV while never actually progressing to AIDS. This can be achieved with the right nutrition and excersise.
Kay From France, joined Mar 2002, 1884 posts, RR: 3 Reply 5, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day 4 hours ago) and read 3486 times:
A real problem for people with no steady g/f or b/f (because traveling all the time)...
At the first kiss with a person, when my heart should be pounding rapidly, I have instead my brain asking 3million questions per second: "ok, HIV can't be transmitted through saliva, ok next item: herpes. AAAaaaa STOP!! ...etc etc etc"
How can people have relationships. The list of STD makes it difficult not to pop a checklist and ask the person whether she/he has the diseases or not before even touching hands. A disturbing conversation that I do have every time... Except occasionally a first kiss tends to slip before..
Imonti From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 9, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day ago) and read 3403 times:
What is quite interesting is that certain hookers at some truck stops, have built up a certain imunity to certain HIV strains, the research done from obatining blood from those ladies would now seem to be thrown back years with this news.
Can the virus mutate as medical technology changes?
Greasespot From Canada, joined Apr 2004, 3066 posts, RR: 22 Reply 10, posted (8 years 10 months 1 day ago) and read 3385 times:
I volunteer with an HIV+ house. This place gives a person with HIV a place to live until they either get backl on their feet or die, even though palative care is not really on the agenda.
I work with new volunteers and it is amazing how many younger people come in with the notion that hiv and aids is no big deal anymore. They take a few pills and it no just a chronic disease.
We have no idea what will happen to a person who has been on the cocktail for 25 years. These drugs are not just pills. They are awful and horendous drugs with side effects similar to chemo therapy..Many go off them because they find the side effects worse than dying...Think about that.
Back on topic. There is a person at the house who is HIV + who said he wore condoms and was not promiscious. Is that true....who knows all I can do is take him at his words. his family and doctor both confirm that he was HIV negative until ontime in the heat of passion with a condom....guess what...It broke. He was tested after. So really a condom is not really a simple solution.
No I do not promote abstinance but there is a risk in having sex in the days of HIV and AIDS. That risk never went away. We just blinked.
After working n an HIV house i now assume until otherwise that a person is HIV+. Sport sex is definatly no longer in my future anymore.
Being female means I have to be more careful. I am far more likely to get HIV through sex than a guy will if I was HIV+.
Sometimes all you can do is look them in the eye and ask " how much did your mom drink when she was pregnant with you?"
SFOMEX From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 12, posted (8 years 10 months 22 hours ago) and read 3361 times:
I don't know if you are aware of terms as "bug chaser" or "gift giver". As far as I know, these terms describe a new trend among many gay men who actually look forward to get infected of HIV/AIDS. In their twisted perspective, AIDS creates a bond among them so the sooner they get it, the better. It sounds like an urban legend but it appears to be real, although I hope it's only among a minority of the gay community. Based on what I read on the news, the victim profile looks similar to what I described before: lots of partners and always having unprotected sex, plus the use of drugs which are famous for their disinhibitory sexual effect.
In any case, let's hope this new strain won't be as bad as it seems to be.
MaverickM11 From United States of America, joined Apr 2000, 16495 posts, RR: 48 Reply 14, posted (8 years 10 months 20 hours ago) and read 3326 times:
"Does that make him any less of a "victim"? (Your narrow-minded quotation marks, not mine.)"
Why is that narrow minded? A) We all knew this was coming sooner or later and B) depending on how he contracted it, chances are the only way that he is "victim" is as a "victim" to his own decisions. In this day and age, no American gay man can claim ignorance when it comes to unsafe sex and drug use.
Wait....I reread the article...we KNOW how he got it:
"The first case was diagnosed last week in a man in his late 40s who reported multiple male sex partners and unprotected anal intercourse, often while using the highly potent narcotic crystal methamphetamine. "
He got it because he's a flippin' idiot. He is 100% responsible for his own "victimhood" and those quotation marks are entirely valid.
ConcordeBoy From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 15, posted (8 years 10 months 20 hours ago) and read 3314 times:
Here's another thing I don't understand about so many people (and for once not just gay males, as straights seem to do this just as much if not more so):
You meet someone, you begin sleeping together relatively soon, you fall in "love" with them; and a month or so later, you're sleeping together without condoms.
The typical sentiment/statement being "well, we know each other now, she's on the pill (for the striaghts), and we have/will be faithful to each other only."
.....um, call me a humbug--- but is there ANYONE else out there who sees the immeasureable stupidity in this?? I often wonder that; considering this action is so damn common, even by otherwise intelligent people.
I just don't get how sooo many people can be so careless in regard to their health... just because they've been sleeping with someone for a month or two automatically makes that person clean?? I mean what the hell do you "know" about that person? Were you born with the power to bioscan a living entity to determine what pathogen(s) s/he may be carrying???
Get a test before doing it raw. It's not expensive (often free), and readily available if you live near any small/medium sized city.
Dtwclipper From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR: Reply 19, posted (8 years 10 months 19 hours ago) and read 3298 times:
OK, here is the story of an HIV+ a.netter.
I converted probably sometime in the early 80's, when all we had heard about was the "gay" cancer. No treatments, no tests, nothing. Just your circle of friends and the funerals you had to go to. People were there, and then they just got sick and died.
I lived in New York, and was treated by a Doctor who had a large gay practice, he checked my CD4 counts and T cells. I was not overtly promiscuous, nor a drug user. No test was available at the time, so I was not tested until much later, there was really no point. There were no triple cocktails, etc.
When I finally had myself tested, it returned positive on both tests. I began the triple cocktail, and the first few weeks were terrible. Exhaustion, diarrhea, weight gain, weight loss, you name, I had it.
I spend nearly 1200 dollars a month on prescriptions, and must visit my physian once every three to four months. I am healthy and have never had an AIDS related illness. Thanks goodness I have great insurance and Rx coverage.
If there are any younsters out there that think it is cool to join this crowd, you are fools. Your entire prespective on life changes, and not always for the better.
I have since the early 80's practiced "safer" sex, but there is no sure fire defense, but playing safe is better then not.
I will probably have to delete my account now, because I think there still is a stigma attached to this illness, but if I can reach one person and tell them to be safe then it was worth it!
Zone1 From United States of America, joined Jan 2005, 1034 posts, RR: 7 Reply 20, posted (8 years 10 months 19 hours ago) and read 3276 times:
No I do not promote abstinence but there is a risk in having sex in the days of HIV and AIDS.
If there is a risk in having sex no matter if its safe or, then why not promote abstinence? If people are willing to be abstinent, then so much the better.
Redngold From United States of America, joined Mar 2000, 6907 posts, RR: 47 Reply 21, posted (8 years 10 months 19 hours ago) and read 3277 times:
If anyone flames you for being HIV+ or tells you to delete your account, it's their problem. HIV isn't transmitted by Internet, silly
I have sympathy for people who suffer with HIV infection. Once you have it, you have it, and beating you up over how you acquired it will not do anything to help you. I lost a very good friend to AIDS when I was 18 years old (and yes, he was gay.) I got hysterical over the movie And the Band Played On. People have gone from being paranoid over HIV/AIDS to being blase about it now that there are treatments. It is a terrible disease even if you are living with it.