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Positive Living March 2014

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The HIV top 10

Positive Living article — Friday, 28 February 2014

What are the hot issues in HIV this year? What gains have we made and what challenges are still before us? David Menadue and Adrian Ogier come up with their top 10. read more »

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News

All PLHIV can now gain access to treatment

Positive Living article • David Menadue • 28 February 2014

The Pharmaceutical Benefits Advisory Committee recently agreed with a submission from NAPWHA, AFAOAustralian Federation of AIDS Organisations. AFAO is the peak non-government organisation representing Australia's community-based response to HIV/AIDS. AFAO's work includes education, policy, advocacy and international projects. , ASHMAustralasian Society for HIV Medicine. The peak Australasian organisation representing the medical and health sector in HIV/AIDS and related areas. and the Kirby Institute that all people with HIV should now have access to antiretroviral drugs (ARVA medication or other substance which is active against retroviruses such as HIV.) through the Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme[Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme] The federal government program which subsidises medication costs in Australia. Anti-HIV drugs are part of a special part of the PBS called Section 100 (S100) which is used for expensive, highly specialised drugs.read more »

Vale Nelson Mandela, champion against HIV

Positive Living article • HIV Plus mag.com • 28 February 2014

Former South African president Nelson Mandela, who died on 5 December last year, aged 95, was a true champion in the fight against HIV. Mandela was a passionate advocate about the need for communities to speak out about the disease and made numerous speeches on the subject around the world, including at several World AIDS Conferences. read more »

Important new integrase inhibitor approved

Positive Living article • David Menadue • 28 February 2014

Dolutegravir (DTG, brand name Tivicay®) is an integrase inhibitor that has recently been approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration for use as an HIV antiretroviral (ARVA medication or other substance which is active against retroviruses such as HIV.) drug.

It is expected that its Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme[Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme] The federal government program which subsidises medication costs in Australia. Anti-HIV drugs are part of a special part of the PBS called Section 100 (S100) which is used for expensive, highly specialised drugs. listing as an s100 drug will be made soon. (See Treatments Update below for more on integrase inhibitors.) read more »

Medications too expensive

Positive Living article • David Menadue • 28 February 2014

Professor Philip Clarke, an economist from the University of Melbourne, claims that Australia is the third most expensive country in the world when it comes to the price we pay for pharmaceuticals. Professor Clarke claims that this particularly applies to generic drugs after the patent for the original drug has expired. read more »

Will you live to 81?

Positive Living article • aidsmap.com/page/2802920 • 28 February 2014

A UK study (UK-CHIC) has found that a 35-year-old man living with HIV today with a CD4 count between 350 and 500 can expect to live to 77 years; if his CD4 count is above 500, this rises to 81 years (not adjusted for risk factors), which is statistically indistinguishable from the general population. read more »

New resource on talking about HIV

Positive Living article • David Menadue • 28 February 2014

Queensland Positive People (QPP) have launched Talking about HIV, a series of online short films to assist people to come to terms with their diagnosis and to learn more about living with the virusA small infective organism which is incapable of reproducing outside a host cell.read more »

Boston patients relapse

Positive Living article • Graham Stocks • 28 February 2014

Two HIV-positive men, treated in a Boston hospital in 2008 and 2010 respectively, were thought to have been ‘functionally cured’ of HIV after being given bone marrow transplants from uninfected donors. After several years of being apparently ‘virusfree’, both men decided to stop antiretroviral treatment (ARVA medication or other substance which is active against retroviruses such as HIV.). read more »

Are you wasting money on supplements?

Positive Living article • David Menadue • 6 March 2014

A recent article in the Annals of Internal Medicine suggest that most people are wasting their money on vitamins and minerals as they do not provide a clear benefit in preventing chronic disease or death, and in some cases, can even be harmful. read more »

Volunteering at AIDS 2014

Positive Living article • Alex Mindel • 6 March 2014

Help out at the conference and get free registration!

Volunteering has played a vital part in the fight against the Australian HIV epidemic. By helping deliver crucial services and offering indispensable support, volunteers have made an invaluable contribution to Australia’s HIV strategy. read more »

New ‘quieter’ female condom

Positive Living article • bbc.co.uk • 6 March 2014

The original condom, the FC1 (known to many as the Femidom), was not a great success when it was launched some 20 years ago.

Part of the reason was that it was made of polyurethane, which made it a bit noisy during sex. read more »

Feature

Tackling pain

Positive Living article • Luke Richards • 28 February 2014

Learn more about how to manage pain, including peripheral neuropathy-related pain, from osteopath Luke Rickards. read more »

Hepatitis C - an improving treatment outlook

Positive Living article • Paul Kidd • 28 February 2014

Good news for people living with HIV and hepatitis C co-infection. New treatments are on the way, says Paul Kidd. read more »

The integrase inhibitor

Positive Living article • Jae Condon • 28 February 2014

Last spring, Positive Living began a series on the different HIV treatments and how they are grouped by class according to the stage of the HIV life cycle that they block. read more »

Regular

What's Your Problem?

My face is changing

Positive Living article • Dr Louise Owen • 28 February 2014

Doctor Louise answers readers questions. This time she talks about facial wasting, lypodystrophy and lypoatrophy. read more »

State of Mind

Achieving a balanced life

Positive Living article • Chantelle Fernando • 28 February 2014

State of Mind: the column where therapists recommend techniques we can employ to deal with the symptoms of anxiety or depression. Many people experience depression at some time. In this issue Chantelle Fernando gives us some useful tips on how to live a balanced life, hopefully avoiding the need for anti-depressants. read more »

Superfoods

Healthy smoothies

Positive Living article • Brenda De Le Piedra • 28 February 2014

Brenda De Le Piedra is a nurse with a passion for making healthy food that is fast, clean and plant-based. She strongly believes that what you put inside, you will eventually wear on the outside. Therefore, she says, you should always
aim to make every meal an opportunity to nourish, and not punish, your body. read more »

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