anti hiv

This is NOT cool or edgy or making a statement! THIS IS A HEALTH RISK!
I’m so sick of the idea that doing something big and strange means it’s good for the LGBT community, like putting people at risk of contracting a disease they are probably trying to 100% avoid getting! Why would someone in the LGBT+ community a) do this and b) say this is a “powerful statement” like it’s a good thing?!?!
Huffpost are actual trash that promote such bs ideas

Social poster assignment 💊✨ ~ PrEP stands for Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis, and it’s the use of anti-HIV medication to keep HIV negative people from becoming infected. A single pill taken once daily is highly effective against HIV when taken every day. Today more than ever we need to show support for our poz brothers, sisters and non-binary peeps. I love you all my dudes 🌸

anonymous asked:

in many countries organizations that accept blood donations are extremely biased. they refuse donations from gay men where i live and in many other countries. its the first time ive heard of refusing donation because the donor had sex with someone from Africa but it also sounds biased and uncientific. the orgs ask these invasive questions instead of accurate tests because they either want to profile people or they want to bar certain people from donating blood.

If I remember correctly, the US doesn’t allow donations from anyone who is LGB, has had sex with anyone of the same sex, or is on HRT. Blood donation rules are extremely biased in this way.

The vast majority of my friends are visibly LGB and/or T and they’re often denied giving blood donations even when they lie on those papers because they know their HIV status is negative.

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Die as Remus Lupin or live long enough to become Fenrir Greyback

So this morning (at 1am) I learned that JK Rowling has confirmed the oft touted fan theory that lycanthropy in Harry Potter is explicitly intended to be an HIV metaphor. This gave me a number of feelings which I will attempt to elaborate on below. (God I wish I still had a real blog. Tumblr is rubbish for this!)

When I was a student nurse back in Adelaide in 2006 I worked on a Palliative Care Ward. Most of my patients had cancer but I cared for a couple of people with AIDS. Some of them were angry drug addicts, some of them were sad, silent & completely alone, some of them had friends & family & partners who visited every day. I was never told how they contracted the virus that was killing them - HIV is so much more insidious than a ravening beast stalking the countryside - but I did know that none of them deserved it and that NOT ONE OF THEM WAS A MONSTER.

I had one particular patient who was in some ways reminiscent of Remus Lupin - he had family & friends who loved him, he was quiet but cheerful & polite in the face of adversity and he was one of a very small number of people to notice a young person falling apart & desperately in need of help. He tried to help me, in what little ways he could from his hospital bed. He saw that I was deeply depressed & found ways to make me laugh every time I did his obs or changed a dressing, he recognised my desire to learn & taught me things well in advance of my studies (long term patients always know more medicine than all but the most senior of medical staff), he recognised that I was struggling with being gay & showed me that it was possible to be different & still be loved. His impact on my life might not have been as profound as Lupin’s on Harry’s but he was important to me at that time & in some ways he saved me even though I couldn’t save him.

But Lupin is only one of two named werewolves in the Harry Potter canon. The other, Fenrir Greyback, is described as “the most savage werewolf alive today. He regards it as his mission in life to bite and to conta­minate as many people as possible; he wants to create enough were­wolves to overcome the wizards. Voldemort has promised him prey in return for his services. Greyback specialises in children… Bite them young, he says, and raise them away from their parents, raise them to hate normal wizards.” I’m not going to go looking for specific anti-gay propaganda to quote here but I’ve seen a lot of it that reads exactly like this. The gays are after your children. They’re going to deliberately infect them with HIV. They’re monsters. And this is where your “lycanthropy is a metaphor for stigma against HIV” falls apart. Firstly, the VERY FIRST THING they teach you when you work with people with heavily stigmatised illnesses is not to fall in to the traps of making moral judgements about your patients or creating a good patient/bad patient dichotomy. Which is…actually what you’ve done here. Secondly, Greyback’s actions ARE the stigma against people with HIV (and with STIs, and with Hepatitis, and with Schizophrenia etc etc etc). In creating the narrative of Lupin as the “good patient” and Greyback as the “bad patient” you have made Lupin seem like he is something extraordinary - the One Good Werewolf (especially since the few other werewolves we hear of in the series seem more inclined toward’s Greyback’s behaviour than Lupin’s). Exceptionalism does not fight stigma.

Now obviously & slightly hypocritically, my patient above is my Exceptional Patient and obviously in fiction you can’t flesh out every side character but I feel like as an author you have a responsibility to really THINK about what you’re saying when you say “[fantasy situation] is a metaphor for [delicate real life situation]”. Because I met a lot of patients with stigmatised conditions (hell, I AM a patient with a stigmatised condition) and some of them were lovely & some of them were mean & some of them were quiet & some of them were scary but none of them were MONSTERS & I’m pretty sure none of them harboured a desire to make other people suffer like they were. I love Remus Lupin. He’s one of my top 5 Harry Potter characters. But if you want to talk about anti-Werewolf stigma like its in any way like anti-HIV stigma I hope like hell this new werewolf story is about Mrs & Mrs Batra-Nagy, their three children, & their jobs as a school teacher & a social worker specialising in werewolf peer support & community engagement. Or maybe about Sam Moyles who got bitten during the Battle of Hogwarts & just really wants to live a normal life but is really bad at remembering when the next full moon is. But I digress.

Remus Lupin is an incredible, wonderful person regardless of his “condition” & his only fleshed out counterpart is so evil as to make Lupin look like a saint in comparison. Of COURSE the reader will see Lupin as worthy of good things & as undeserving of stigma. Likewise, a paramedic contracts HIV on the job is seen as less deserving of stigma (and more deserving of treatment and survival) than a hard-partying gay IV drug user who can’t remember which city they were in when they might have come in to contact with the virus. But there are no good patients & bad patients, there are just people & in creating the Lupin vs Greyback narrative you’ve obliterated everything that stands at the heart of anti-stigma dialogue.


Newly discovered “teenage” anti-body could mean knocking out HIV for good

An HIV vaccine could finally be on its way, thanks to the discovery of an immature antibody. Researchers discovered an odd antibody in a Chinese patient whose immune system could fight against the virus. The antibody looked a lot like the well-known VRC01 antibody, known to “broadly neutralize” HIV but it wasn’t fully developed, so the researchers called it a “teenage” antibody. How it could be “important for developing a universal HIV vaccine.“

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you didn’t “live through the aids crisis” just because you were alive in the 80s and 90s. you were alive. you did not “live through it” if you were not hiv+. did reagan “live through” the aids crisis? jesse helms? mike pence?

if u are hiv- and anti lgbt i don’t want to hear anything about the aids crisis come out of your ignorant mouth. shut up. stop weaponising decades of continuing pain against lgbt people.

Nine Herbal Safety Tips

By Linda B. White M.D.

Humans, like most mammals, have turned to plants for food and medicine since our earliest times. No doubt some of our ancestors suffered the consequences of unfortunate choices along the way. If you read the book or watched the movie Into the Wild, you realize we sometimes still err, confusing a poisonous plant for edible greenery. People still mistake the death cap mushroom for something more savory. And a couple of years ago, I even found some teenage boys sitting along an irrigation ditch, fashioning poison hemlock stems into cigarette holders.

Nevertheless, most of the medicinal herbs sold in the United States are safe when taken in recommended dosages. More than 38 million Americans use herbs each year, yet the majority of calls to Poison Control Centers about plant ingestions have to do with people (usually children) and pets eating potentially poisonous house and garden plants—not medicinal herbs.

To ensure your experiences with medicinal herbs remain positive—without inadvertent mishaps—follow these nine basic guidelines.

1. Start with Food Herbs

You can bet on safety when you use herbs as foods—think garlic, ginger, nettles, dandelion greens, shiitake mushrooms, nettles, burdock root (also called gobo) and rosehips. Culinary herbs—thyme, oregano, turmeric, cayenne—are also low-risk. Externally applied herbs (compresses, poultices, salves) provide another good testing ground.

The next step is to begin experimenting with infusions (commonly known as “teas”).  Many of the food herbs mentioned above can be dried, chopped, and steeped as tea. Extracts of herbs in alcohol (tinctures) or glycerin (glycerites) generally are more potent. Solid extracts, in which all the solvent has been removed, and carbon dioxide-extract herbs are stronger still. Standardized extracts are designed to have a consistent level of suspected active ingredients from batch to batch. This process allows for more precise dosing and easier use in research, but also makes the product closer to a drug.

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anonymous asked:

Sono la ragazza che una volta le ha scritto per la questione dell'epatite del proprio ragazzo, ebbene volevo informarla che quella, come diceva lei, non me la sono beccata, però mi ha passato la candida e l'ho scoperto l'altro ieri, proprio quando si è messo con un'altra sostenendo " lei la amo davvero "


Sono sicuro che qualche tamblero più bravo di me saprà fotosciopparti POSITIVO accanto a Anti HIV ½ e tu lo potrai spedire alla sua nuova morosa con scritto ‘Ecco cosa mi ha attaccato il tuo nuovo ragazzo’.

Credo che dopo averti tenuto nascosto di essere affetto da Epatite e questa sua ultima uscita, gli farà bene non trombare per un pochetto.