Opposites Attract study reports zero HIV transmissions

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    Apr 29, 2015 9:33 PM GMT

    This is a GAY study.

    http://gaynewsnetwork.com.au/news/opposites-attract-study-reports-zero-hiv-transmissions-16746.html



    The study provides strong evidence that treatment as prevention works.

    "Essentially, what we are seeing among the gay couples enrolled in Opposites Attract is that HIV transmission is quite unlikely when someone's viral load is undetectable. In fact, no HIV-negative man in the study has contracted HIV from his positive partner."

    “People living with HIV are concerned they may pass on the virus but knowing that being on treatments is an effective barrier to transmission sexual partner is a huge and welcome relief.”
    Brent Allen Executive Officer, Living Positive Victoria said the results confirmed the importance and effectiveness of HIV treatments and would assist in removing much of the stigma and fear associated with disclosing HIV status.
    (Not that easy!)

    "These findings have a dramatic effect upon our confidence to disclosure our HIV status to sexual partners knowing that the likelihood of infecting someone is so markedly diminished when we are on treatments and maintaining an undetectable viral load," Allen said.



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    In related news Dr. Joel doesn't even answer undetectable transmissions risks anymore.

    Question
    Hi Dr. Joel! Thanks for all the info! I'm a 30 year old HIV+ male with undetectable viral load and CD4 count of 740. I want to have oral sex (give and receive) with a guy I just met. My Dr. says I should always use a condom because I could get a superinfection or contract something else. Is it really that unsafe for me? I don't find oral sex with a condom that appealing. Thanks!

    Answer
    I’m declaring an indefinite moratorium on questions about transmission risk with an undetectable viral load…not because they’re bad questions, but because I’ve answered them so many times already. Scroll down!

    http://hivforum.tumblr.com/

    He's the Doc who referred to Art Deco as having a problem with the paradigm shift of recent medical news.

    I say if every POZ guy became undetectable and every Neg guy who really IS negative was on PrEP.....HIV would be over.
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    May 01, 2015 4:46 AM GMT
    This announcement bought to you by Gilead Sciences LLC .

    "What are the other possible side effects of TRUVADA?

    Serious side effects of TRUVADA may also include:
    New or worsening kidney problems, including kidney failure. Your healthcare provider may do blood tests to check your kidneys before and during treatment with TRUVADA. If you develop kidney problems, your healthcare provider may tell you to take TRUVADA less often, or to stop taking TRUVADA.
    Bone problems, including bone pain or bones getting soft or thin, which may lead to fractures. Your healthcare provider may do tests to check your bones.
    Changes in body fat can happen in people taking HIV-1 medicines.
    Changes in your immune system. If you have HIV-1 infection and start taking HIV-1 medicines, your immune system may get stronger and begin to fight infections. This may cause minor symptoms such as fever, but can also lead to serious problems. Tell your healthcare provider if you have any new symptoms after you start taking TRUVADA."


    R.J. Reynolds is looking for guys like you!

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    May 01, 2015 6:45 AM GMT
    Brought to you by someone who should have been dead 20 years ago.

    That's the old medications.Some were really bad, like AZT and Crixivan. Some were nearly experimental, "fast tracked" as it were because they showed potential. Most people tolerate the current regimen very well. I have zero problems with them.

    The new drugs do so much more. They are proven, it's not hypothetical or just potential benefits. It's called 'societal benefits' when if reduces infections on a local, national and even global scale. It's called TasP "Treatment as Prevention."

    "Changes in your immune system. If you have HIV-1 infection and start taking HIV-1 medicines, your immune system may get stronger and begin to fight infections. This may cause minor symptoms such as fever, but can also lead to serious problems."

    That is just nonsense!
    My t-cells are 1102 as of Monday. Still undetectable of course. I get a flu or cold like anybody else. My blood work is totally normal in every respect....except I'm POZ. I started meds fairly early, as is recommended by the CDC now.

    A friend had about 50 T-cells and is up to 200. Not a lot but he lives fine. No chronic problems. The meds keep him away from serious problems....not the other way around!

    Lipodystrophy was from the older meds. I didn't get it, not all did.