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Do Other Long Termers Have Unexplained Cognitive Decline?

Do Other Long Termers Have Unexplained Cognitive Decline?

I’m having increasing challenges with memory, problem solving, and ability to focus. My doctors find no reason. He doesn’t see H.A.N.D. as a reasonable consideration. I retired last year at 58, primarily because I felt my abilities slipping, which kept me stressed. I have become more and more dependent on my husband to handle personal business, navigating airports, using apps, finding misplaced items and more. I’ve been positive over 30 years, but otherwise healthy. Are others experiencing… read more

A myHIVteam Member said:

Yes, I too have been experiencing similar symptoms. It is quite scary.

posted 7 days ago

Which Health Conditions Are More Or Less Common In People With HIV?

Which Health Conditions Are More Or Less Common In People With HIV?

A cross-sectional study of patients in UK health services has compared the prevalence of a large number of different health conditions in people with HIV, versus those without HIV. Most findings confirm previous research, but the study also found a lower prevalence of many cardiovascular conditions and rheumatoid arthritis in people with HIV, while infertility, bipolar disorder, and numerous infections were more common.

Read more here:

https://www.aidsmap.com/news/may-2022/which-hea...

A myHIVteam Member said:

I have all those problems

posted 20 days ago

Higher Risks Of Cancer For Black Men With HIV Suggest Racial Inequities In US Health Care

Higher Risks Of Cancer For Black Men With HIV Suggest Racial Inequities In US Health Care

Two US studies show Black men with HIV have worse cancer outcomes than others. One study showed Black men with HIV have more than twice the risk of dying after diagnosis with Kaposi’s sarcoma compared to Hispanic men. The second study showed Black gay and bisexual men with HIV experienced anal cancer at rates 2.4 times higher than other men.

Read more here:

https://www.aidsmap.com/news/mar-2022/higher-ri...

A myHIVteam Member said:

Sadly there still is this disparity.

posted 21 days ago

Latest Poll Numbers Say USA Is More LGBTQ+ And Bi

Latest Poll Numbers Say USA Is More LGBTQ+ And Bi

I’m curious if anyone else is surprised by these statistics
I was reading this survey of LGBTQ+ Americans and there are some very surprising (at least to me) numbers in it
For starters bisexuals, who I identify as, make up 4% of the overall population. That means 1 in 25 Americans is Bi.
The surprises didn’t end there. We also make up 57% of the public that identifies as LGBTQ+.
That’s more than Gay 21%, lesbians 14%, transgendered 10% and other 4% percentages COMBINED.
( I’m aware… read more

A myHIVteam Member said:

It is a very exciting result! The shift in identity, especially among the generations, is very congruent with my personal experiences regarding stigmatization and cultural misogyny.

posted 20 days ago

Do You Feel Your Social Life Has Been Affected Greatly Having HIV?

Do You Feel Your Social Life Has Been Affected Greatly Having HIV?

In the 80's and 90's in the absence of effective antiretroviral therapy, is was often thought that one with HIV suffers a social death prior to the actual physical one. As a long termer I saw this happen over and over with my friends who were sick, friends wouldn't come around much, and sometimes family would take no interest except in the estate once one dies. And friends or family falling away expecting you to be more available when you just don't feel good. I'm not sure we suffer as much… read more

A myHIVteam Member said:

Well, social life has, indeed, changed. I find myself more at home than before, but that could also be ageing.. After all. I am 7 years older than when dxd. I have disclosed only to those that need to… read more

posted 4 days ago

Vegan And HIV

Vegan And HIV

I am wondering if going Vegan is a good choice, with me being HIV Positive. What are the positives and negatives of going vegan. Every time I eat meat, I feel like I'm murdering an animal. I have felt this way, for a long time.

A myHIVteam Member said:

I am Vegetarian, don't eat red meat, however I do try to eat allot more vegetables and fruit. I also have a Gym Membership, which I should use more than I already do!

posted 20 days ago

Have Any Of You Contracted An Unusual/rare Skin Condition Which Doctors Either Were Unable To Diagnose Or Misdiagnosed?

Have Any Of You Contracted An Unusual/rare Skin Condition Which Doctors Either Were Unable To Diagnose Or Misdiagnosed?

Back in 2004 I was still sexually active and contracted a skin problem that I'd never experienced before. In fact I'd never had any type of skin problems my entire life and I was 41 in 2004, so I had very healthy skin up until that year. I had sex with a guy and developed an outbreak within 72 hours. The doctor diagnosed it as folliculitis (inflamed follicles). The outbreak went away for a couple days but then reappeared and spread over my entire body over a period years. They outbreak consists… read more

A myHIVteam Member said:

😂👍

posted 22 days ago

If You Could Do It All Over Again, Would You?

If You Could Do It All Over Again, Would You?

If you had the chance to do your life again or some aspect of it, would you?

A myHIVteam Member said:

Yes I would have changed a lot.

posted 17 days ago

How Will You Be Celebrating Pride Month?

How Will You Be Celebrating Pride Month?

💛🧡❤️💜💙💚
JUNE is pride month here in the USA for our members of the LGBTQ+ Persuasion although anyone can celebrate with us.
I’m curious how everyone will be celebrating and using this time for activism?
If for some reason I forgot this was Pride month the Target here in Broward county reminded me with their in store LGBTQ+ display.
So does anyone have any plans? 🏳️‍🌈

A myHIVteam Member said:

Yass it is😘🤎💜💙💚💛🧡❤

posted 23 days ago

How Is Your Anxiety With Everything Happening In The World Today?

How Is Your Anxiety With Everything Happening In The World Today?

With all the terrible shootings, war in Ukraine, inflation, Covid, climate change to name a few, I find my anxiety naturally more elevated. Having HIV for half of my life and experiencing all the deaths of friends in the 80's and 90's, I feel we are now reliving something similar in of sorts a man made epidemic. Perhaps I take this all too personally, but I cannot in due conscience turn a blind eye to the reality we are currently experiencing. Anxiety turns into stress, and also depression… read more

A myHIVteam Member said:

i try not to read or watch the news anymore. then I don't have to worry about anxiety or stress

posted 22 days ago
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