Yesterday, I had my latest trip to the Guide clinic at St James’s University Hospital in Dublin. The doctor annoyed me by constantly touching my leg – so much so that I told her, If I touched you, the way you are touching me, it would be assault.” Fortunately, this made her stop and think. I have been debating whether I should let the clinic know officially. The clinical information that I received were the results of the blood test from my visit in November. Viral Load is undetectable still – which is great news. CD4 level is 573. Again … Continue reading Results and no meds collected
Eviplera to Stribild Today I am making the change from Eviplera to a newer drug which is four-in-one called Stribild. It is made up of four drugs: elvitegravir which is a type of antiretroviral called an integrase inhibitor; conicistat a … Continue reading Change of meds…
It is hard to believe that it is about three-and-a-half years since I started taking Eviplera. Looking back it is clear that at the beginning I did know that it was meant to be taken with a meal, but somehow along the way I had forgotten. I had reverted to type and took it last thing at night before heading to bed. This means that it is not working as well as it should be, so the last time I was at my HIV clinic in Dublin, there is talk of me changing to a drug that does not need to … Continue reading Maybe less than a week to go on Eviplera
Stigma experiences, well-being and medication adherence in gay men living with HIV If you live in England, Northern Ireland, or the Republic or Ireland and are over 18 years of age, been living with HIV for over a year, and … Continue reading QUB research into stigma in gay men living with HIV
UCLA student Derek S. Hernandez tells us of events that are happening around LA for World AIDS Day 2013, and asks what each of us can do to stop the global HIV–AIDS pandemic. Continue reading World AIDS Day 2013 in Los Angeles, California
With a hospital appointment clashing with the funeral of a friend, today was not the day for further delays to happen during a routine appointment at the Royal Victoria Hospital. Sadly, a simple schoolboy error ended up winding me up. At least I don’t have to return for six months… Continue reading Over thirty years of experience and it’s a schoolboy error that delays my day!
How involved are you in your HIV care? What is the impact of treatment on your day-to-day life? BASELINE have an online survey, please complete it here. http://baseline-hivcare.kantarhealth.com/wix1/p1572343412.aspx Continue reading How involved are you in your HIV care? (via Baseline magazine)
It has been a goal for many months, indeed it has been a goal since I was diagnosed back in March 2009. Suffice to say the goal posts have moved now… but what happened in the Royal yesterday? Up at the HIV Clinic in the Royal Victoria Hospital, Belfast it was great to see new faces, a few old ones and ones that have been there most days that I have been up. New social worker With Corinne having retired in June, there was a new social worker who has been in post for some months, he was very pleased … Continue reading Do we get to get your autograph now…?
Having said on UTV last week about how good I have been about taking my meds, it was rather unfortunate that today I nearly forgot about them. Fortunately, of course, I had my rather wonderful husband Andrew on hand to ensure that I didn’t forget. He’s so good that my consultant at the Royal Victoria Hospital has commented in the past that she would like to prescribe an Andrew for all her patients. Well a big thank you to him and next week I should be able to report to my consultant that I’ve only missed one dose in months… … Continue reading And I nearly forgot my meds…
Yesterday and today have been two very busy days. I’m staying with a friend over in Bedford for a little holiday. It’s respite for Andrew and me both. Yesterday, being Remembrance I was out on parade with Bedford District Scouts, and today I was with their Deputy District Commissioner at the funeral of one of the County’s Vice Presidents. Respite is always important. Those who look after others need time to recover themselves. A break from the constant care and support that is given. One difficulty for me is remembering to take my meds. I haven’t missed yet – but … Continue reading Two busy days