Healthy Living

Fracture Risk Doubled in 50- to 59-Year-Old Men With HIV

By Mark Mascolini From TheBody.com First published on May 22, 2017 Compared with a similar group of HIV-negative men, 50- to 59-year-old men with HIV in a large U.S. study had a doubled risk of fractured bones. Hypertension raised fracture risk by one-third. Previous research showed that men and women with HIV are more likely…

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HIV Levels Before Treatment Can Predict This Immune System Indicator

Researchers may have finally answered a bedeviling chicken-or-egg question about the relationship between the persistence of HIV in the body during antiretroviral (ARV) treatment and the virus-related immune system activation and inflammation that also continues while people are on ARVs. This finding likely adds further weight to the urgency of diagnosing and treating HIV as…

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Say ‘Hello!’ to PAN

I thought that I would share this email that I received today from Michael Whelan from PrEPaccessNOW…share the love and please if you have any comments check out the website and let him know. PrEPaccessNOW have undergone a bit of an overhaul in the last couple of weeks, including a new design and a new…

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PREGNANCY, CHILDBIRTH & BREASTFEEDING AND HIV

It is timely in an era of undetectable viral load to look at how far we have come with women with HIV being able to start a family from the early days of the epidemic. The following is an article that was recently updated from www.avert.com How is HIV transmitted from mother-to-baby? If you are…

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Top 5 Anal Douching Safety Tips

March 30, 2017 This article appeared on the great HIV website ‘TheBody.com’ and highlights an issue that we do not really take enough time to consider. Anal douching is something that some people who have anal sex do and others do not know about.  So here are the Top 5 tips to consider when preparing…

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Straight With HIV: An Interview With Joshua Middleton

I found this article an interesting read and sometimes it is nice to share stories from a different perspective. This interview is shared from The Body and comes from amfAR, the Foundation for AIDS Research. From amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research March 17, 2017 Joshua Middleton (Credit: Vincent Carrella) Joshua Middleton was 22 when…

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PozQoL – a new survey valuing Quality of life among PLHIV – take part today!

Sometimes I feel like we are always committing too and getting involved in another survey but if we do not take part then how can we really get the information and data we need to help give guidance about a range of issues of relevance to us as PLHIV in 2017. Help create a better…

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Worried About HIV and Aging? The First Thing to Do Is Stop Smoking

  At a time when we consider the impacts of aging and HIV together this article from Roger Pebody that was recently published on The Body is worth a read. It highlights that impact that smoking has on us as we live longer with HIV and some of the implications that has on us. By…

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BREASTFEEDING WITH AN UNDETECTABLE VIRAL LOAD: WHAT DO WE KNOW?

This article from Megan DePutter in the UK asks a range of questions that constantly get asked around undetectable viral load and breastfeeding.  As she says it is so important that every woman gets all the facts and then makes her own choices. MEGAN DEPUTTER ON WHY UNDETECTABLE DOES NOT EQUAL UNTRANSMITTABLE IN THE CASE…

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HIV Positive Smokers Who Quit Cut Their Risk of Numerous Cancers

Istock However, unlike HIV-negative quitters, their lung disease risk remains highly elevated for at least five years after kicking the habit. If people living with HIV who smoke quit their cigarette habit, they soon cut their risk of numerous cancers, aidsmap reports. However, unlike HIV-negative people who quit smoking, HIV-positive ex-smokers maintain a much higher,…

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