Articles tagged with: side effects

Dumbing down HIV treatment hurts everybody

published: February, 10, 2016 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Alternative Therapies, Activism, As Prevention , Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Research, Health, International , Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy says there is so much faulty information on what being on treatment means and when to start that it is hurting us all. But there are solutions which can successfully balance patient rights with the benefits of starting treatment early

Dumbing down HIV treatment hurts everybody

Balancing act There has always been a balancing act between what science or even common sense suggests what’s best for us and our right to freedom of choice, to do what we think is right for our bodies. That applies to both prevention and treatment decisions. Sometimes we have got it right like saying “give people relevant and accessible information to make them feel in control of their sexual health“.  Sometimes we get it wrong, like the highly prescriptive, but once popular “use a

You + ART

published: February, 08, 2016 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

CATIE’s The Positive Side asked “Tell us about your relationship with antiretroviral therapy: Is it your BFF, your mother-in-law, your longest relationship…?”

You + ART

This article with interviews by RonniLyn Pustil, Sophie Wertheimer and Darien Taylor first appeared in The Positive Side, a publication of CATIE, here.    Une version française est disponible ici.  JONATHAN POSTNIKOFF, 31 Treatment outreach coordinator Positive Living BC Vancouver Diagnosed with HIV: 2010 CD4 count: 980 Viral load: undetectable Taking ART for: 5 years I had read blogs about atrocious side effects and met people from the early days of treatment who told horror st

The politics of side effects

published: August, 11, 2015 Written by // Samantha Categories // Youth, Women, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Samantha

Giving youth a hand. Our Samantha asks “Can youth already be long term survivors?” And if so, how can we better support these young people?

The politics of side effects

I recently heard youth with HIV describing themselves as long term survivors. The group I refer to are those who were born with HIV, now in their 20's, some of whom struggle with adhering to their medication regimen. Many have become treatment-weary and struggle in similar ways to adults who are long term survivors and who would like a break from taking pills every day. At least two of the youth described how they made decisions to stop taking medication completely with the end result being

The mental challenge of taking my first HIV med

published: December, 21, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces

From TheBody.com “For me, my first pills were psychologically challenging. I did not believe that these pills would save me, but that they would damage me.”

The mental challenge of taking my first HIV med

This article is part of the series |My First Pill. By Jason Q  from TheBody.com first published here. Republished with permission. In February 2014, I was diagnosed with HIV after being hospitalized with PCP (pneumocystis pneumonia). My diagnosis was a complete shock to me, and I knew I was going to have to take medication from there on out. I was sent to a clinic where a doctor prescribed me Isentress (raltegravir) and Truvada (tenofovir/FTC) to treat the HIV, and Bactrim (co-trimoxazole)

Positive results

published: March, 11, 2014 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Gay Men, Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Wayne Bristow

Wayne Bristow took stock of the symptoms and side effects of his medications and felt the time had come to make a change. Was he right?

Positive results

I’m glad I didn’t give into the negative stories on Atripla. It’s not for everybody but it’s working for me - for now. When I announced that I asked to go on a one pill a day regime and then told everyone what I would be taking, I began to hear all the horror stories and they asked, “why Atripla?” It seemed that every other story included someone talking about the scary and vivid dreams caused by the Sustiva component. I did remember hearing some positive stories as well but not a

Time for a change

published: January, 03, 2014 Written by // Wayne Bristow - Positive Life Categories // Health, Treatment, Living with HIV, Wayne Bristow

Changing gears. Wayne Bristow says “New year, new doctor, new treatment…..why not switch?”

Time for a change

I just thought “take charge and be involved in my own treatment”. Last summer my doctor of 10 years announced he would no longer be coming to Guelph to see patients. If I wished to continue seeing him I would have to travel to Cambridge to his office there. As I don’t drive anymore, it would take the better part of a day and approximately $30 to make the trip by bus and transit so I agreed to see one of the other doctors at the centre (one doctor is totally new to the office, to us all

Dolutegravir approved in Canada—what you need to know

published: November, 19, 2013 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // Health, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource, Treatment, Living with HIV

From CATIE, a report on the latest drug in the arsenal against HIV that may be able to help those with drug resistance issues

Dolutegravir approved in Canada—what you need to know

This article by Sean R. Hosein previously appeared on the CATIE website here. Une version française est disponible ici. On October 31, 2013, Health Canada licensed the sale and use of a new anti-HIV drug called dolutegravir. This drug will be sold under the brand name Tivicay and is made by the pharmaceutical company ViiV Healthcare. Dolutegravir is already licensed in the U.S. and approval is pending in the European Union and Australia. Dolutegravir belongs to the class of drugs called in

Facing facts: dealing with lipodystrophy

published: July, 20, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

POZ reports while newer antiretrovirals have reduced the prevalence of lipodystrophy, a significant proportion of the HIV population still suffers from the disfiguring loss or gain of fat in key areas of their bodies.

Facing facts: dealing with lipodystrophy

This article by Benjamin Ryan first appeared  on POZ.com here  The first time Nora Drake had her buffalo hump removed, the fat accumulation on the back of her neck weighed in at five and a half pounds. “It was emotionally and physically debilitating,” recalls the 62 year-old Los Angeles resident, who prefers to use a pseudonym. “I was at the market one time and somebody that I knew came up and said, ‘Nora, is that you?’ She might as well have stabbed me in the heart.” That was

Having sexual problems? Check your meds

published: June, 19, 2013 Categories // Health, Sexual Health, Treatment, Sex and Sexuality

Dave R writes: You’re HIV positive but you’ve still got urges, right? Unfortunately you can run into other conditions and their treatments that may slow you down.

Having sexual problems? Check your meds

Life really is a lottery sometimes. Whether you have a genetic predisposition to a certain disease, or you walk into someone else’s bacteria or virus, you run the risk of getting various diseases and conditions from the day you are born. If you also happen to be HIV positive, these extra problems can really convince you that you drew the short straw. Luckily, most things are treatable if you are lucky enough to live in the right area of the world and have the right health plan. But what does

Starting HIV treatment

published: June, 08, 2013 Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Health, Revolving Door, Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

From The Body.com : is your HIV treatment working? Warning signs and false alarms.

Starting HIV treatment

This article first appeared on TheBody.com here.   The first few months after starting HIV treatment are pivotal in determining whether your first regimen will be successful. Yet if you are brand new to HIV/AIDS treatment, how can you know what success is? It can be hard to tell the difference between a warning sign that your regimen might not be right for you and a normal signal that your body is still adjusting to the medications. No one wants to take medications that make them feel wors

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