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Positive Living June 2012

News

Spotlight on Seattle

Positive Living article • Adrian Ogier • 7 June 2012

The 19th Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections (Croi) was held in Seattle in march. Here are some important highlights. read more »

Time for a flu shot

Positive Living article • Adrian Ogier • 8 June 2012

If you haven’t had one this season, it’s time for your influenza vaccine. read more »

Hints for a happy heart

Positive Living article • Adrian Ogier • 8 June 2012

The purpose of taking a fish oil supplement is to give you a good dose of the cholesterolAn essential component of cell membranes and nerve fibre insulation, cholesterol is important for the metabolism and transport of fatty acids and the production of hormones and Vitamin D. Cholesterol is manufactured by the liver, and is also present in certain foods. High blood cholesterol levels have been linked to heart disease and may be a side effect of some anti-HIV medications. lowering omega-3 essential fatty acids: eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) and docosahexaenoic acid (DHA). Fish such as mackerel, tuna, salmon and sardines are good sources of both of these as are those small shrimp-like crustaceans called krill. read more »

Making the best choices

Positive Living article • Graham Stocks • 8 June 2012

Experience has shown that health outcomes are better if treatment and care is planned in partnership with your doctor.

That’s why we’ve updated our popular Checklist guide for people with HIVread more »

Help take first step to eradicating HIV

Positive Living article • Adrian Ogier • 8 June 2012

Are you HIV positive? Live in Melbourne? Aged between 18 and 60? Had an undetectable viral loadA measurement of the quantity of HIV RNA in the blood. Viral load blood test results are expressed as the number of copies (of HIV) per milliliter of blood plasma. for at least three years? Had a CD4 count above 500 for at least six months? And on ARVA medication or other substance which is active against retroviruses such as HIV. treatment?

We need you for a new trial into an agent that may be the first step towards eradicating HIV from the body. The drug is called Vorinostat and the study involves taking it for 14 days. read more »

New once-a-day combo pill

Positive Living article • Adrian Ogier • 7 June 2012

Say hello to Eviplera, the latest, once-a-day, multiple combination pill. read more »

Superinfection risk higher than imagined

Positive Living article • co-infectiousdiseases.com • 8 June 2012

The risk of becoming superinfected (contracting another strain[HIV strain] Any subgroup of the HIV species. Because HIV mutates very easily, there are many different strains (and may be multiple strains within a single person). of hiv to the one you have already) may be as high in the community as the risk of contracting hiv, according to a paper released in february.

Superinfection can be difficult to detect, claim the writers, and is undoubtedly underdiagnosed.

However, many superinfections are unlikely to be clinically relevant. read more »

Dental scheme continues. . . for now

Positive Living article • Graham Stocks • 8 June 2012

In order to deliver its much vaunted budget surplus, the Gillard government is gambling on clinching parliamentary support to shut down the existing medicare-funded dental scheme. The program has blown out from $377 million to $1.9 billion in four years. read more »

Tenofovir safe in pregnancy

Positive Living article • PLoS Medicine • 8 June 2012

Being exposed to tenofovir before birth appears to have no adverse effects on babies born to HIV positive mothers in Africa, a recent study reports. read more »

CALD more likely to be diagnosed late

Positive Living article • Adrian Ogier • 8 June 2012

A survey conducted by the National Centre in HIV Social Research has found that people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds (CALD) are more likely to be diagnosed with advanced HIV disease in Australia — although late diagnosis was also a problem among study participants from Anglo-Australian backgrounds. read more »

Drink coffee, don’t die

Positive Living article • www.NATAP.org • 8 June 2012

US researchers have discovered an association between drinking coffee and living longer.

It’s a strange association because they found that coffee drinkers also tended to be cigarette smokers, meat eaters, consumers of larger-than-average amounts of alcohol and were less likely to engage in vigorous exercise. read more »

Feature

Sexual dilemmas

Positive Living article • David Menadue • 7 June 2012

Whenever you talk sex with other positive people there always seems to be an elephant in the room. And I’m not talking about jumbo appendages or huge sexual appetites, either.

That elephant, of course, is unprotected sex. read more »

When to treat

Positive Living article • Adrian Ogier • 7 June 2012

Adrian Ogier contributes to the ongoing conversation about treatment initiation. read more »

Prevention gets topical

Positive Living article • Adrian Ogier and Jane Costello • 8 June 2012

Only two years ago, we had scant evidence that a product used before sex could prevent HIV. Since then, the Caprisa 004 trial has proved that a gel applied topically to the vagina can reduce the chance of HIV infection, and several trials have shown that a tablet taken orally can do the same.

Next on the agenda are rectal microbicide gels and multi prevention technologies designed to prevent pregnancy as well as HIV.

But where does this new technology leave those of us who already have HIV? Adrian Ogier and Jane Costello report from the International Microbicides Conference held in Sydney in April. read more »

Regular

What’s your problem?

Positive Living article • Dr Louise Owen • 8 June 2012

Doctor Louise answers readers questions. Here she discusses the issues around when to start antiretroviralA medication or other substance which is active against retroviruses such as HIV. treatment. read more »

State of Mind

State of mind

Positive Living article • Curt Mason • 7 June 2012

Welcome to State of Mind, a new column where therapists recommend techniques we can employ to deal with the symptoms of anxiety or depression.

In this issue, Curt Mason talks about MINDFULNESS. read more »

Tales from the Network

Tales from the Network

Positive Living article • Dimitri Daskalakis • 7 June 2012

There is a network of workers located at AIDS Councils and PLHIVPerson (or people) Living with HIV. This term is now preferred over the older PLWHA. organisations around Australasia who understand the variety of treatment issues faced by positive people. We call them the Treataware Outreach Network (TON).

Dimitri Daskalakis works at the Positive Living Centre in Melbourne, which is where he met Bashir, a 40-year-old man who had recently immigrated to Australia. read more »

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