Long life and HIV Have no doubts! It's possible!
A supportive someone asked me if I had freaked out because I talked about having a long life while living with HIV! He already knows what it is like to have HIV! Longevity was the subject of a quick conversation and an audio statement that I still need to change my voice to depersonalize. This friend has his dreams there, and among them is to live to be one hundred and thirty years old.
It popped up in my head.
After finishing this paragraph I will get the code for embedding a great video by Pedro Calabrês.
Long Life and HIV
Long life expectancy for people with HIV is a possible reality for everyone.
After diagnosis, certain exams to be done!
The important thing is early diagnosis. Very important to prevent the evolution to AIDS and the appearance, or the risk of appearance, of opportunistic diseases!
The outlook has never been better for people with HIV. With the right HIV treatment and care, most people can expect to have an almost normal life expectancy.
A recent study in the United Kingdom showed that people living with HIV with good response in ART have a life expectancy similar to that of the general population.
Specifically, a 50-year-old man who had a CD4 cell count above 350 and an undetectable viral load Keep in mind that this is not a cure. Click on me!
Therefore, after starting ART you could live, on average, up to 83 years!
Although 50-year-old women in the same circumstances can expect to reach eighty-five, they are the biggest victims of violence!
For this Long Life CD4 and HIV Viral Loads Need to Be Restored
A low CD4 count or detectable viral load after one year can live well into the seventies!
And that's why I insist: There is Life with HIV
Because, I believe, it is much simpler to accept the condition of a person with HIV and to live, because to live and maintain, initially, your routine.
And yes, I understand that this alone is already very difficult!
But, I ask you: living life to the full is quite simple when you look at the resources you have and move in that direction with no greater aspirations than the tangible ones. And this is much simpler than trying to dig a tunnel.
And even if you go around the mountain! After all, you
imagine what's in the “surroundings”?
I don't think you can know!
Treatment is effective against HIV, and reduces viral load to undetectable levels.
This and allows the immune system to recover. This is all necessary for a long life with HIV.
Rapid diagnosis is very important in guaranteeing long life!
Test yourself against HIV (learn how at this link). It opens in another tab!
Accept the immunological window of 30 days, don't be careless anymore (now go….)!
Did you just take a risk? Get PEP. But watch out:
You do not take risks with “people other than those who can breathe in the“ atmosphere of normality ”! Up close, baby, no one is normal! I, so!…
HIV may or may not be a pump in your body!
It depends on how you seek to see it. I was not afraid when I heard! I was terrified! paúra! I was on the streets again, and I almost went crazy with fear!
YES! PEP it may be the differential factor between allowing and not allowing the permanent establishment of HIV infection.
Yes, during the first 72 hours after the actual exposure of the virus can prevent "the disease from settling"!
At the time a friend asked me:
Engines start, motors roar! The start was made
Not even in the beginning? I said no! I stuck to the drum!
People who start HIV treatment as soon as possible have the chance to live well! Adherence to treatment is not limited to taking medications provided by SUS. These drugs are essential and are likely to have a similar life expectancy for peers who do not have HIV.
PEP can make all the difference in your life!
And even if I don't have it!
In this situation, you are unlikely to get sick or die as a direct result of HIV action!
However, other diseases and health conditions can connect to HIV and complicate everything!
And there are some possibilities that can make you sick or die as a direct result of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS.
But you can also be affected by other illnesses or health conditions more common to people who do not have HIV that affect people living with HIV as they age, such as lipids (blood fat), high blood pressure and depression. A number of people with HIV have diabetes, cancer, bone problems and other conditions.
Long life with HIV is similar to the general population.
A wide range of factors affect your risk of developing these health conditions. Some of these are things you can't change, like your age, family history of certain diseases or have HIV.
Other risk factors are at your fingertips to change. You can expect to have a longer and healthier life if you don't smoke.
as well as trying to live a little healthier, avoid excessive consumption of alcohol or drugs, overeating!
Being socially connected helps! But I don't mean the fantasy island! Mkeeping your mind active is to read more, get more information, better select your sources!
Fake news is a mess. But it only exists because there are those who seek it!
Other health problems affecting the quality of life of people with HIV
The risk of getting health problems like heart disease and cancer increases for everyone as they get older. The focus of your health probably will change as your doctors pay more attention to a wide range of health problems as well as HIV.
I, Claudio, once again emphasize a “little thing”. We, the ones diagnosed in the 90 decade, and the Highlanders of the 80 decade have a complicating factor:
The tea drinking thing! Teas can pose problems in your life!
There is no clinical / laboratory literature, a kind of instruction manual with which doctors, doctors and researchers and all serious actors, it is necessary to emphasize the serious ones, can follow to treat us.
At this point I miss Sig. and An.e I believe that, now, it is very clear that the damage caused to my psyche is indelible!…… it is us, these Highlanders and diagnosed in the 90's, that we are serving, it is an exchange, it always is, as research subjects, where doctors whose qualities I already mentioned, will have to go, little by little, literally in MD. In an effort to keep us alive, so that others suffer less!
Information about life with HIV is everywhere. And here in profusion
And this is one of the innumerable variables to be respected when patients without pain references are unable to empathize and apologize for the lack of references.
Just come to my blog!
It would have been enough, this door is closed!
It is a document with almost 20 years of history! Ask politely and I give an assistant access or something, so that you can see, tim-tim, by tim-tim the references of pain that I could register in more than 3.000 texts! It is a constellation of stories to document, poorly but accurately, the loss of more than thirty million lives and, yes, that is inexcusable, not respecting these people and their families!
What am I talking about?
How many were the orphans?
There was a horrible phase in all of this where the surviving "head of the family" was a child of seven or even less.
I didn't know I was, because I was already HIV-positive when I heard that in the sound of the Plaza Wagon, before the house opened and I sat on the floor and cried! Just a minimum of empathy, a bit of goodwill and having caught a lot of life…. No pain, no gain….
You know, I almost hear James Spader's voice impersonating Ultron and apologizing.
Carambolas !!!!! Living with HIV, and living long is Possible!
The most common health conditions that affect people living with HIV as they get older are similar to those affecting people who do not have HIV.
They are described in Other health problems.
Your health should include regular screening for these conditions. The most important aspects of its prevention and treatment are the same as for people who don't have HIV.
HIV and the aging process
Many people ask if HIV speeds up the aging process. In other words, do people living with HIV have a decline in physical function and age-related conditions at younger ages than their peers?
Still we haven't known for a long time on that issue. There is no consensus among scientists on the issue of HIV and 'premature aging'.
We know that people with HIV are a little more likely to develop some health conditions than other people. This includes heart disease, diabetes, kidney disease, liver disease, bone problems and some cancers.
Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease can be a Scourge.
Other Conditions, like COPD, Diabetes and many others complicate everything
But they do not necessarily have them at a much younger age. It is more the case that whatever the age group, people with HIV have slightly higher rates of these conditions than other people of the same age.
Scientists are still trying to figure out why this is the case. Part of the explanation may be that while current HIV treatment is quite safe, Some of the anti-HIV drugs that some people took in the 1990 and early 2000 had harmful effects on cholesterol, the kidneys, the liver and bones..
"Sorry Sorry? Apologies!!!
Read a little bit of this link that talks about empty excuses. Hollow excuses! And these personal stories
Also, while HIV treatment strengthens the immune system and prevents many HIV-related illnesses, it may not completely restore health and reverse all damage to the immune system..
The organism in a state of siege!
HIV can continue to cause continued low-level inflammation and immune activation. These Useless immune system responses to HIV probably contribute to a wide range of health problems.
There are other reasons why people with HIV have high rates of these health conditions. Things that are not directly linked to HIV can increase the risk of health problems. In particular, lifestyles and the life experiences of people who living with HIV they are often not identical to those of the general population.
Nicotine. Taking Smoke Home is Dose
For example, people with HIV are more likely to smoke and have higher stress levels than other people, or that can partly explain the higher rate of heart disease in people with HIV.
This means that simple comparisons between HIV-positive and HIV-negative people can be misleading. Indeed, in the most carefully conducted studies comparing very similar groups of HIV-positive and HIV-negative people, the health differences between the groups are very small. Moreover, it does not appear that people with HIV are aging faster than their non-HIV peers.
HIV treatment as you get older
Studies show that HIV treatment works well for older people. Viral load drops to an undetectable level (the goal of treatment) as quickly as in younger people. Older people are often better than younger people in taking medication as prescribed.
On the other hand, people who start treatment over 50 years old may experience a slower and less complete restoration of the immune system.
CD4 and Viral load. It is essential to control
The CD4 cell count does not always increase as quickly as in young adults.
In addition to preventing HIV-related illness, effective HIV treatment helps protect against heart disease, cancer, kidney and liver disease. Among people living with HIV, rates of these conditions are lower in people receiving treatment than in people who do not.
Taking HIV treatment is one of the most important things you can do to protect your overall health.
Tailoring your treatment
If you have other health concerns as well as HIV, this may affect the choices you and your doctor make about which combination of HIV medications is right for you.
- There may be interactions between one of your anti-HIV medicines and a medicine you take for another health condition. There is more information on this below.
- As you get older, your body can change. The liver and kidneys may function less efficiently, affecting the way the drug is processed in the body.
- Because of weight loss, decreased body fluid, or increased adipose tissue, medications can stay in the body longer and cause more side effects. Occasionally, your doctor may need to adjust your dose.
- Methadone is a very risky component
- Some specific anti-HIV medications are associated with a slightly increased risk of developing some health conditions, or may worsen your health condition. If this is the case, you will usually be able to take a different anti-HIV medicine.
Measuring Combinations are limited and you should avoid changing
If possible! Without heavy sacrifices
For these reasons, your choice of anti-HIV medicines may need to be tailored to your specific situation. You may need a different dose of one of your medicines. This may mean that a single pill, which contains several drugs in fixed amounts, may not always be the right choice for you. You may need to change a combination of drugs that you have become accustomed to.
In the United Kingdom, standards for HIV treatment are set by the British HIV Association, the professional association for HIV doctors. Their guidelines recommend that doctors exercise caution when prescribing the following anti-HIV drugs to people who have specific health conditions or who have risk factors for this condition.
- Depression and other mental health problems: efavirenz.
- Heart disease: abacavir, lopinavir or maraviroc.
- Renal disease: tenofovir disoproxil or atazanavir.
- Bone problems: tenofovir disoproxil.
Multiple drugs and multiple drug interactions
The more health you have, the more medications you may need. And the more medication you take, more likely to experience drug interactions and side effects.
A drug interaction is when a drug affects the functioning of another drug. For example, when taken together, one of the medications may not be fully effective or its side effects may be worse.
Before starting a new medicine, always ask your doctor or pharmacist:
Could the new medication interact with one of the other medications I'm already taking?
You must inform them of everything you take - medicines prescribed by another doctor; over-the-counter medications (including inhalers and nasal sprays); supplements, herbs and alternative treatments; and recreational drugs. Using drugs is the end of the sting!
This will be easier if you carry an up-to-date list of all your medicines.
The University of Liverpool provides an online tool for checking interactions between anti-HIV drugs, other drugs, and recreational drugs. Visit www.hiv-druginteractions.org/checker or download the Liverpool HIV iChart app para iPhone ou Android.
Having a yearly drug review is very helpful. This involves one of your pharmacists or doctors surveying everything you take and checking interactions and side effects. They will verify that the medications you are taking are still right for you.
Myths and Realities
O HIV is a disease of the young.
People contract HIV at all ages:
In 2016, 19% of people diagnosed with HIV in the UK were over 50 years old.
And thanks to the success of HIV treatment in keeping people alive, the population of people living with HIV little more each year.
In 2016, 38% of people who received HIV treatment had more than 50 years.
If I change medicine and are not satisfied with the new combination, I will not be able to go back.
It depends on your reason for changing treatment. If you are changing because you have drug resistance or if your treatment is not keeping your viral load undetectable, then you definitely need a new treatment. It would not be a good idea to go back to your original drugs.
However, if you are switching because of side effects, you will have more options. Sometimes people are nervous about changing treatment, worrying that the new treatment also has side effects and may be more difficult to live with. This is unlikely, but if it happens, you will probably be able to return to the anti-HIV medications you were using before.
Treatment Adherence Is Everything
After several years of HIV treatment, it is inevitable that you will develop resistance to anti-HIV drugs and run out of treatment options.
You can take the same drug combination for years and years without problems. In fact, if you adhere to treatment and maintain an undetectable viral load, your HIV cannot become resistant to the medications you are taking.
HIV will always be the most important health problem you will have to deal with.
Without treatment, HIV is life threatening. But highly effective treatments are available, making HIV relatively simple for a specialist doctor to manage.
You may have other health conditions that have a greater impact on your day-to-day life or that are more complicated to treat. Sometimes you may need to prioritize other health problems over HIV.
Many older people living with HIV have dementia.
Avoid medications like flunitrazepam.
A highly skilled Mental Health professional advised me to stop “it” !.
You may have heard of studies that use cognitive testing to detect subtle changes in memory and thought processes. Some have shown slight differences between seropositive and seronegative people. In most cases, these minor declines are not noticeable in daily life.
This should not be confused with dementia, which is a serious disability that interferes with your daily life and independence. Dementia can have many causes, including Alzheimer's disease and other conditions that reduce blood flow to the brain. Currently, dementia associated with HIV is rarely seen except in people who are diagnosed with HIV at a very late stage with a very low CD4 count.