Phil Johnson, M.D. discusses why it's so important for HIV/AIDS patients to follow their antiretroviral (ARV) medication regimen as prescribed. During active infection, up to 10 billion HIV particles will be created each day. This provides ample chance for the virus to mutate in ways that provide resistance to the medication. By keeping the blood levels of the ARV medication high, that will keep the viral load low and reduce the opportunity for resistance mutations to flourish. When HIV develops resistance to one medication, it may develop resistance to other ones at the same time. Patients may also have to deal with side effects such as the redistribution of fat in the body and increases to their cholesterol level. Not every patient can tolerate every ARV. Therefore, it's critical for patients to make every ARV last as long as possible. When people with resistant HIV have unprotected sex, they may transmit resistant HIV to their sex partners, meaning the newly infected person will have far fewer treatment options. Genetic testing of the virus can be used to determine which medicaions the patient's particular strain(s) will be resistant to.
Cass Mann is one of the world's longest-term HIV-positive diagnosed gay men, now in his third decade of living with HIV, and the founder of UK’s only gay men’s HIV/AIDS charity Positively Healthy, which provides HIV services including education, support, and peer counselling. Here he talks about why HIV is still dangerous, and safer sex is still vital, even in the age of antiretroviral medications (ARV) and highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART). Today, HIV positive people are treated with a combination of multiple drugs. This requires finding a combination that will treat that patient's strain(s) of HIV and that they can tolerate. ARV/HAART can have serious side effects. In many cases, people can't tolerate a drug's side effects, so they can't take that drug. Sometimes, people are unable to take any drugs and die as a result. Many strains of HIV are resistant to one or more drugs. For more information, visit *******www.posh-uk*******/ and *******www.AIDSvideos****/.
Danny West is a trainer, coach, and leadership consultant, has been living with HIV for the past 24 years, and remains healthy today, having been successfully treated with antiretroviral medications (ARVs) for the last five years. There are many treatments available today for HIV. Anyone who is on “combination therapy” is on a combination of multiple drugs. Early on, Danny was treated with AZT alone. In his case, the side effects of AZT monotherapy bothered him and he decided to go off AZT at that time. Since then, more antiretroviral medications have been developed, and he is now on a combination therapy that works well for him and has minimal side effects that he can manage and live with. The side effects no longer interfere with his everyday life. His viral load is undetectable, and his CD4 count is increasing. His immune system is functioning effectively and is keeping HIV at bay. For more information, visit *******www.ryl-training-consultancy******/ and *******www.AIDSvideos****/.
Danny West is a trainer, coach, and leadership consultant, has been living with HIV for the past 24 years, and remains healthy today, having been treated successfully with antiretroviral medications (ARVs) for the last five years. HIV is no longer a death sentence. Thanks to effective medical care and the use of ARVs when appropriate, people are now living with HIV long-term on combination therapies (the “triple cocktail”). It’s important to realize that ARVs are not a cure for HIV/AIDS. They support and maintain your immune system. When they work effectively, the can enable you to live long-term with HIV. Danny West has realized that he may live into his sixties or seventies. This means he has to plan for his future and a retirement period. Coaching has helped him do that. For more information, visit *******www.ryl-training-consultancy******/ and *******www.AIDSvideos****/.
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Phil Johnson, M.D. explains basic information about HIV: how to avoid contracting it or transmitting it; the importance of getting tested to know your HIV status; how HIV and AIDS are treated; and the importance of taking your antiretroviral medication as prescribed.
Becky Kuhn, M.D. debunks 10 more common myths about HIV and AIDS, including the myths that: HIV has never been isolated; HIV tests are often wrong; the U.S. Food and Drug Administration has not approved HIV tests; you are better off without ARVs than with them; antiretroviral medications (ARVs) are not effective for treating AIDS; AIDS is caused by Antiretroviral Medications (ARVs); AZT does more harm than good; AIDS is caused by use of inhaled recreational drugs such as nitrites (also known as poppers); AIDS is caused by injection drug use, not by HIV; and humans created HIV. Myths like these are harmful because they confuse people about the origin of HIV and its role as the cause of AIDS. Make sure you get accurate information about HIV and AIDS. Base decisions about your personal health and safety on the findings of research studies published in peer-reviewed scientific journals. HIV causes AIDS. HIV tests can accurately determine whether or not you are infected with HIV. ARVs are effective for treating HIV/AIDS and save lives. Knowing the facts about how HIV is transmitted can mean the difference between life and death. Protect yourself and those around you. Take steps to avoid contracting HIV and to avoid transmitting it if you are HIV positive. This video is a sequel to our popular video The Top Ten Myths About HIV and AIDS.
For many years, governments and non-governmental organizations have promoted an ABC approach to preventing HIV and AIDS. ABC stands for Abstain from sex until marriage, Be faithful to a single partner, and use a Condom every time you have sex. ABC has some known limitations. This video discusses those limitations and additional things we can do to prevent the spread of HIV. SAVE stands for Safer practices, Access to antiretroviral medications, Voluntary counseling and testing, and Empowerment and Education. DEF stands for Disclosure in safety, Education and empowerment, and Female-controlled prevention methods. Medically performed male circumcision with counseling can also reduce the risk that men will contract HIV via heterosexual intercourse.
Danny West is a trainer, coach, and leadership consultant, has been living with HIV for the past 24 years, and remains healthy today. It’s important to realize that combination therapy with antiretroviral medications is not a cure. It will help your immune system fight HIV, but the person with HIV can still transmit the virus to others through routes such as sexual contact and needle sharing. The stigma and prejudice associated with HIV is one of the major issues that people living with HIV are challenged with. People with HIV are still discriminated against. They may lose their job, mortgage, or contact with family members because of HIV stigma. Sometimes, they are even attacked and murdered. So having HIV still matters, and if you’re HIV negative, make choices to make sure you stay that way! For more information, visit *******www.ryl-training-consultancy******/ and *******www.AIDSvideos****/.
Danny West is a trainer, coach, and leadership consultant, has been living with HIV for the past 24 years, and remains healthy today, having been treated successfully with antiretroviral medications (ARVs) for the last five years. What’s the secret to his longevity? He feels that positive thinking and the determination to live a fulfilled life in which he can make a significant difference is the most important thing. He tries to avoid stress as much as possible and to manage stress by getting adequate sleep, having a balanced diet, exercising, having massages, swimming, taking walks in the country, and balancing work with time to relax. One of the most significant factors is that he has a very good support network of people around him who he can talk to and share his thoughts and feelings with. He has access to multiple support groups and his own coach. Danny thinks it’s important to talk about HIV, your feelings, and what’s going on in your life on a daily basis. He can’t say for sure why he’s still alive and healthy today, but dying of HIV has never been an option for him. He’s had an incredible life because he MADE IT HAPPEN. For more information, visit *******www.ryl-training-consultancy******/ and *******www.AIDSvideos****/.
Danny West is a trainer, coach, and leadership consultant, has been living with HIV for the past 24 years, and remains healthy today. When he was diagnosed with HIV, he was given 18 months to live, so he decided to take long-term sickness leave and take stock of his situation. Since then, being HIV positive has been the springboard for leading the life of his dreams. Back in the late 80s and early 90s, the focus of HIV was on death and dying. He has seen many friends and family members die of HIV/AIDS. His first partner with AIDS introduced him to the founder of London Lighthouse, the first centre in the UK for people with HIV which provided drop-in services, respite care, and a hospice service. Danny got involved with HIV support organizations and did HIV training. In the late 90s, Danny decided to take care of his health and took a number of years off. He’s now been successfully treated on antiretroviral medications (ARVs) for five years, and he wanted to do something proactive, so he set up his own training, coaching and leadership consultancy and is now a qualified professional coach. Today, with ARVs, people are now living with HIV, so Danny wants to contribute to that culture of life. For more information, visit *******www.ryl-training-consultancy******/ and *******www.AIDSvideos****/.
For many different reasons, a woman wants to give up and stop her antiretroviral treatment. It is up to her husband to come up with the right arguments to convince her to stay the course. Idea: Jean-Paul Brice Affana Affana, aged 17 (Cameroon) / Directed by: Fanta Regina Nacro (Burkina Faso).
Becky Kuhn, M.D., co-founder of Global Lifeworks, debunks the following 10 myths about HIV: HIV doesn't cause AIDS; because of ARV medications, we no longer ned to be concerned about HIV/AIDS; if you have HIV and are sexually active, you no longer need to practice safer sex; you can't contract HIV through oral sex; you can't get HIV from one sexual encounter; a woman cannot spread HIV to another woman by having sex with her; if you are HIV positive but your viral load is undetectable, you cannot spread HIV; AIDS can be spread by kissing, hugging, or shaking hands; if you have HIV, you can cure it by having sex with a virgin; every individual with HIV will eventually develop AIDS. Visit *******www.AIDSvideos****/ to learn more about HIV. Visit *******www.GlobalLifeworks****/ to learn more about Dr. Kuhn's educational work.
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The boss is deeply concerned. He has become aware that some of his employees are living with HIV, and he knows he must do something. But what? Between moral imperatives and making a good profit, where is the common ground? Directed by Hamet Fall Diagne (2007, Senegal). Based on an idea by Fatimata Bâ, aged 21 (Senegal). A SCENARIOS FROM AFRICA film (www.globaldialogues****)
Josiane est séropositive mais son mari, lui, est séronégatif. Un jour, elle craque car elle n’en peut plus de prendre tous les jours, à la même heure, ses antirétroviraux. Son mari, qui la soutient depuis le début, la convainc qu’elle ne doit pas baisser les bras. Idée : Jean-Paul Brice Affana Affana, 17 ans (Cameroun) / Réalisation : Fanta Regina Nacro (Burkina Faso). Un film de la collection SCENARIOS D’AFRIQUE (www.globaldialogues****)