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Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Vitamins, Minerals, Herbal Supplements ??? Which to take???


A well balanced diet will almost definitely meet all your vitamin and mineral needs, but many People Living with HIV also take a multivitamin and mineral tablet every day.

Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies are seen in people with HIV who are unwell and have weak immune systems.

Some research has shown that taking nutritional supplements can slow HIV disease progression. However, other research failed to find any benefit.


There is little evidence that taking large doses of vitamins and minerals have any benefit for People Living with HIV. Indeed, it is worth noting that large doses of some can cause very unpleasant side-effects and can even be dangerous.

Vitamin A
Doses above 9,000mcg (micrograms) in men and 7,500mcg in women may be harmful. Large amounts can cause liver and bone damage, vomiting and headache. If you are pregnant, or thinking about becoming pregnant, you should talk to your doctor before taking vitamin A as large doses can harm an unborn child, and high levels of the vitamin have been associated with increased viral load in breastmilk.

Vitamin C
Doses above 1000mg per day can cause kidney stones, and special care is needed if you are taking the protease inhibitor Indinavir (Crixivan) or Atazanavir (Reyatazwhich can also cause kidney stones. It has also been shown that large doses of vitamin C can lower blood levels of Indinavir (Crixivan).

Vitamin E
Doses above 800mg a day may interfere with normal immune function. Special care is needed if you are taking anti-coagulants or if you have haemophilia.

Doses above 75mg a day have been linked with copper deficiency, a shortage of immune system cells called neutrophils, and anaemia.

Doses of more than 750 micrograms per day have been associated with immune suppression.

Vitamin B6
More than 2g a day can cause nerve damage, but doses as low as 50mg a day have been associated with peripheral neuropathy.


Herbal remedies are also widely used by People Living with HIV. However, some herbal remedies can interact with anti-HIV medication meaning that the amount of the HIV drug that gets into the blood is too low to effectively fight the virus leading to the emergence of drug-resistant HIV.
Because the use of herbal supplements is not studied as extensively as the use of prescription medications not all the potential interactions are known about.

Some of the most concerning interactions seen so far are:

This herb is widely used in Africa by people with HIV, but test tube studies have shown that the body uses the same mechanism to process it as it does for HIV drugs, meaning that not enough anti-HIV drug may get into the blood.

Supplements of garlic have been shown to stop the body processing protease inhibitors and NNRTIs properly. A study involving HIV-negative volunteers taking a protease inhibitor found that a twice-daily garlic supplement lowered blood concentrations of the protease inhibitor. This finding is very concerning as garlic is often taken by people with high levels of fat in their blood, and high blood fats can be a side-effect of anti-HIV drugs. However, there is no evidence that garlic used for cooking interacts with HIV medicines.

This popular herbal antidepressant has been shown to lower blood levels of Indinavir and the UK’s Medicines Control Agency has warned that it could affect blood levels of all protease inhibitors and the NNRTIs Efavirenz (Sustiva, also in the combination pillAtripla) and nevirapine (Viramune).

A herb which is used in Africa for the treatment of people with HIV has been shown by laboratory studies to interact with anti-HIV drugs.

Before you take any vitamin, mineral or herbal supplement talk to your HIV doctor or specialist HIV pharmacist first. They will be able to tell you if there is a risk of an interaction with anti-HIV drugs.

A dietitian can analyse your diet and advise you on how to optimise your nutritional intake so you can meet your vitamin and mineral requirements through both foods and supplements.

Also remember, vitamins, minerals and herbals supplements can have side-effects, just like prescription medicines and you should never take more than the recommended dose.

Source: http://www.aidsmap.com/Vitamins-minerals-and-herbal-supplements/page/1045173/#item1045176

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Sunday, September 16, 2012


http://www.globalcoal-phil.org/images/masthead_right_001.gifWorld Vision is a Christian relief, development and advocacy organization dedicated to working with children, families and communities to overcome poverty and injustice. Motivated by our Christian faith, World Vision is dedicated to working with the world’s most vulnerable people. World Vision serves all people regardless of religion, race, ethnicity or gender.
World Vision partners with children and the communities among the poorest areas to help improve lives and combat poverty.

World Vision strives to build thriving communities where peace and justice prevail and all can enjoy security, opportunity and happiness. We work for the well-being of the poor and vulnerable people through:  

  • Sustainable development. World Vision works alongside the disadvantaged communities enabling them to use their own capacities and potentials so that they can own the development process.  

  • Emergency Response and Disaster Relief. World Vision responds to life-threatening situations where its involvement is needed and appropriate. I seeks to protect vulnerable people amid difficult circumstances by providing emergency relief such as food, water, shelter, medicine, clothing, and disaster preparedness trainings.  

  • Raising Public Awareness and Advocating for Justice. By increasing understanding of poverty and injustice, World Vision seeks to promote public involvement and government policies that alleviate poverty.

Getting to zero together!

As we observe World Aids Day this year, we stand together as a nation with the rest of the world to demonstrate solidarity against the deadly disease. Only by working hand in hand will we be able to get to zero together. Zero New HIV Infections. Zero Stigma & Discrimination. Zero AIDS Related Deaths. 
The World Health Organization (WHO) declares that in 2009 over 34 million people worldwide live with HIV and over 15 million children are affected by their parents’ death caused by AIDS. Over 2 million children live with HIV/AIDS.
Though the number of new HIV infections has declined worldwide, the number of those infected in the Philippines has increased.  In 2011 alone approximately 1,800 confirmed new HIV infections were declared in just the first 10 months of the year. The numbers reveal a stark contrast to the annual reported cases of the whole 2009 which totals 835. Majority of those infected are male aged 20 to 29 with the Department of Health stating that an average of 6 infections is reported every day.
As the infected are faced with this deadly disease they not only encounter the physical damage but heavy on their hearts is the emotional suffering caused by stigma and discrimination.  
World Vision in partnership with Channels of Hope has developed workshops to stop the stigma and discrimination to give love to those who need it most. Related to the theme of World AIDS day for 2011-zero discrimination, World Vision and the Channels of Hope Team currently conduct interactive workshops intended to create awareness and help bring hope to those infected. Participants learn more information about HIV & AIDS, its prevention and combating stigma & discrimination related to the illness.
A participant shares, “This workshop challenged my views in terms of how people living with HIV & AIDS can have hope through the available treatment and from their other support group, that the discrimination and stigma must be less or none, that a person living with HIV should not be judged and how can I help them as a Christian!”

HIV and AIDS in the Philippines are described as ‘hidden and growing’. With the increasing numbers of Filipinos going in and out of the country, cases of human trafficking, sex trades, lack of information, lack of health services, and inadequate response of government agencies on the issue, Filipinos are in danger of being infected of the HIV and AIDS epidemic through sexual and non-sexual (e.g.,blood transfusion and mother-to-child). The 2009 Integrated HIV Behavioral and Serological Surveillance (IHBSS) report showed Fillipinos afflicted with HIV and AIDS is steadily growing. The report shows that since 2001, number of new cases in the Philippines has increased by 334%. 

The Channels of Hope (COH) is World Vision’s response and initiative to address the issues on HIV and AIDS.  COH brings hope to all people whose lives have been impacted and affected by HIV and AIDS. COH equips people with correct information about HIV and AIDS, assists individuals to be more compassionate in dealing with people living with HIV, and engages with local churches and faith communities to respond positively.

World Vision's "Prevention , Care and Advocacy" HIV/AIDS response stratety focuses on building the capacity of communities to a) prevent the spread of HIV b) care and advocate for people living with HIV/AIDS and orphans and vulnerable children.

Christo Greyling
A hemophiliac, Greyling tested positive for HIV while attending theological seminary in 1987. He publicly disclosed his HIV status in 1992, while serving as a minister in the Dutch Reformed Church in South Africa.

Christo Greyling is World Vision’s Director for HIV and Infectious Diseases. His vision is to see World Vision contribute towards reaching ZERO new HIV infections in children by the end of 2015. As an HIV positive faith leader, he realised the potential of faith communities and co-developed the Channels of Hope methodology to equip local faith leaders and congregations to respond effectively to HIV and AIDS. He served as board member of HIV focused NGOs such as INERELA+, CABSA and EAA.


WORLD VISION: CHANNELS OF HOPE provided an EMPOWERMENT WORKSHOP/SEMINAR for People Living with HIV in Western Visayas last  SEPTEMBER 12,13,14 & 15 , 2012 @ CENTENNIAL RESORT HOTEL AND CONVENTION CENTER,l ALTA TIERRA VILLAGE, JARO, ILOILO CITY. There were around 40 participants who attended the said Workshop and I was one of them. It provided us an environment conducive to empower ourselves and at the same time be able to connect with our creator and thanking him for making us a more stronger person and also it nurtured our faith with our creator. 
It inspired me to see people who are very much devoted to facilitate the said event. I have never seen a Christian Organization who welcomed us and provided us wisdom and inspired us to move on with life and to Trust GOD with his plan for us.

To all the Facilitators Ma'am Charity Perea, Sir Jericho Paterno. Brother Jessie, Ma'am Karen, Doc Yvonne Duque also to the Rising Sun Association Incorporated and everybody who mad e the even possible.


 Source: http://worldvision.org.ph/node/104 

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Friday, September 7, 2012


According to the PHILIPPINE NATIONAL AIDS COUNCIL Policy on Implementing Rules and Regulations on STD/HIV/AIDS:

All hospitals and other appropriate health care facilities shall establish an HIV/AIDS Core Team (HACT).
HACT is multi-disciplinary group of health workers with policy-making, implementing, coordinating, assessing, training, research and other project development functions on matters related to the diagnosis, management and care of HIV/AIDS patients and the prevention and control of HIV/AIDS infection in the hospital. Its primary objectives are to facilitate the provision of safe, comprehensive and compassionate care to HIV/AIDS patients by properly trained personnel; to mobilize hospital and community resources towards minimizing the impact of HIV/ AIDS infection on the patient and his family; and to coordinate all efforts to prevent and control the transmission of HIV/AIDS infection.

The functions of HACT include:
  1. Implement hospital guidelines on the comprehensive care and management of HIV/AIDS patients;
  2. Provide care and counseling to HIV/AIDS patients;
  3. Promote prevention and control measures/strategies such as health education and hospital infection control;
  4. Facilitate inter- and intra- departmental/agency coordination including referral system and networking;
  5. Perform training and research activities on HIV/AIDS;
  6. Provide recommendations on hospital planning and development related to HIV/AIDS;
  7. Monitor compliance of ethico-moral guidelines for HIV/AIDS including confidentiality of records and reports and release of information;
  8. Update records and submit reports to concerned offices; and
  9. Conduct monitoring and evaluation activities.
HACT shall be composed of five (5) to seven (7) members, which may include, but is not limited to, the following:
  1. Doctors;
  2. Nurses;
  3. Medical social workers; and
  4. Medical technologists
The criteria for selecting HACT members include:
  1. Commitment to accept responsibilities and perform the tasks of HACT members;
  2. With permanent position, resident physician or specialist;
  3. Willingness to undergo training in clinical management and care of HIV/AIDS patients; and
  4. High respect for medical confidentiality
In addition to the criteria for a HACT member, the criteria for the selection of a HACT leader include:
  1. Commitment to accept responsibilities and perform the tasks of a HACT leader;
  2. High level of knowledge of the program, including positive attitudes for the clients of the program;
  3. Preferably an infections disease consultant or an internist with a permanent specialist position in the hospital; and
  4. Preferably has a direct involvement in the care and management of patients in the hospital

     WESTERN VISAYAS MEDICAL CENTER @ Q. Abeto St., Mandurriao, Iloilo City

WESTERN VISAYAS MEDICAL CENTER - HIV & AIDS CORE TEAM (HACT) is located at Q. Abeto St., Mandurriao, Iloilo City.

Route Map from Jaro Plaza (blue circle) to Western Visayas Medical Center (red circle)
Location of Western Visayas Medical Center (red circle)
HACT (HIV/AIDS Core Team)  Office
HACT (HIV/AIDS Core Team)  Office

The HACT (HIV/AIDS Core Team)  Office started out year 1995 and it was lead by Dr. Nelson Flotilde as the HACT Leader. The HACT Team is composed of a HACT Chairman, a Nurse, a Medical Technologist and a Social Worker trained by Research Institute for Tropical Medicine.
After 2years it was turned over to Dr. Ray Celis who is now the HACT Leader.
WVMC-HACT Office is situated beside the Department of Internal Medicine and in front of the Nursing Service Office.

WVMC-HACT Office offers FREE Voluntary Counseling and Testing (VCT).
Office hours are weekdays 8am-4pm, closed during weekends and holidays.
For Inquiries Please Contact the HACT Office at  (033) 321-0552 or 09278230300 / 09323298893

SOURCE: http://www.pnac.org.ph/index.php?page=implementing-rules-and-regulations

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Thursday, September 6, 2012

Question & Answer

1. At what point in your life have you gone for a HIV test, and have you been made aware that you are HIV positive, and are now living with HIV/AIDS? 

>     I got tested for HIV by accident. Prior to the test I had Sexually Transmitted Infection and that prompted me to see a doctor. After the consultation he immediately asked me to get tested for HIV. I followed his request and took the test the same day.
Without the Sexually Transmitted infection I think now I would still not be aware of my status.
Within a week the Medical technologist informed me that the initial screening turned out positive and she told me that they will be forwarding it to another hospital to do the confirmatory/western blot test. I waited for 2-3 weeks and when the result was released I immediately claimed it and then there, WESTERN BLOT revealed REACTIVE for HIV.
I never imagined me becoming HIV positive.

2. What was the reaction of your family, community and neighbors to your HIV status?

>     With my family, my mother was the most affected. I saw her cry several times for a week. It was so much for her to take that’s why she really can’t contain her feelings and vented it out with some of my relatives who also knew my HIV status. With my father there was not really much of a reaction, I think my dad was very understanding and he knew that there was no place for sermons and so he just kept quiet but even though I haven’t heard a thing from him but still he showed compassion and love with me since he was the only one who accompanies me during weekends at my apartment.
I also start to disclose my status with friends whom I know I can trust and so far I haven’t got any negative feedback or stigma and discrimination from them. They accepted my condition wholeheartedly and ever since we became closer with each other.
With the community, I am starting to do disclosing my status through testimonials. But before that I make sure that an HIV 101 lecture was done and they were corrected with the right information. And right after I say my story I entertain their questions and answer them direct to the point and with the facts.

3. What are your experiences of living with HIV? 

>     My experiences as a person living with HIV was a very challenging part because I there were a  lot of things running in my head and there were times that I cannot sleep and sometimes  I just cry because I don’t know what to do.
It took a while before I came up to a realization that I have to accept my condition and move on with life. And ever since then I became very OPTIMISTIC with life. 

4. What is your take on people who got or transmitted HIV “innocently” (by means of being born with it; or transmitted through criminally or these people might not have known that their partner was HIV positive) or “guilty” (by means of sharing drug needles, prostituting themselves, sleeping around) and find themselves living with HIV/AIDS? 

>      With children being born with HIV I think it would be hard for them in the future knowing their status and also its very hard to start the medications. But still God gave them life and they deserve respect, care &love from the people around them.
Well I myself acquired the virus without knowing who gave it to me. I did have two suspects and I did inform them about my status but I haven’t got any response from them weather they submitted themselves for testing or confirm that they are already HIV positive. It could also be that they don’t know their HIV status also.
But for me it doesn’t matter anymore, what is important is I did inform them about my status and it’s up to them to get themselves tested. HIV testing here in the Philippine is Voluntary and so you cannot force a person to get tested if he doesn’t want to.
I think addiction could sometimes be hard to handle and so we cannot blame them, but we just have to inform them that they could still do it but with proper precaution and that is without sharing needles to prevent infection. And also addiction cannot be stopped right away since it could trigger withdrawal symptoms all we have to do is provide them safe equipments and possibly talk them out of the addiction, consult a doctor and have rehabilitation.
With people who engage in prostitution well we cannot blame them if that’s the only job that they are comfortable doing but let us just provide them proper information on how to protect themselves and also their customers.
With people who sleep around I think it also involves addiction, we just need to inform them also the same thing, how to protect themselves and their partners.
They are all human beings and whatever their lifestyle is, whatever their profession is and whatever activities that are “taboo” to the society, they still deserve the equal amount of respect like how we treat our families, friends and people we love.

5. How do you handle your HIV status, are you still the same person, or is there a difference of opinion of how these other people see you? (Like family, friends, religiously minded people, and your community)?

>     I’m still human so basically I can do what a HIV negative person can do. I am still the same person as before, but just more wiser, empowered, strong and full of optimism.
My family still treats me the same although at first I felt some discrimination like; I have my own eating utensils, own glass, own bathroom (if that was possible), but eventually they were able to understand my condition and I was able to correct their misconceptions.
With friends, they see me as a stronger person and they admire me because I was able to move on with my life.
With other people whom I was able to disclose my status, I do receive a lot of commendations for speaking out and telling my story to them and I feel the warmth of them accepting me for who I am as a person living with HIV.

6. Is your religion (that is, the pastors, priest or the imam, religious scripture) antagonist (that is do they vilify, point out stigmatize these people) or sympathetic (help, support and counsel them) to people living with HIV/AIDS?

>     I am a Roman Catholic and it’s a very conservative religion. Church leaders are entitled to their own opinion and I don’t have anything against them. What I want them to do is to adjust themselves and be open for change and also be able to influence the people to accept one another regardless of sexual preference and also in my case accept me as a person living with HIV without judging where I came from.
I do know several congregations that provide care and support for us people living with HIV and I just wish that more religious congregations would reach out their hands as well.

7. As an individual living with HIV, did you experience any stigma because you have it (HIV/AIDS); that is were you seen as an “outsider” or “outcast” because you tested HIV positive and for your disclosure of it?

>     With regard to STIGMA and DISCRIMINATION, I did have several experiences. When my relatives knew that I tested positive they were afraid that I might pass the infection to their children and so they decided to transfer me to an apartment. I stayed there for 2months alone. But during weekends my dad sleeps there and we do weekend bonding like watching movie and also stroll around the mall.
I was first angry at them because I was thinking that I don’t deserve that kind of treatment. Acceptance is a process and you can’t expect everyone to accept you right away knowing your status and the stigma that attached to it.
Eventually they were able to accept me.

8. When or why have you “opened up” about disclosing your status and have taken an initiative to tell the community or your family that you have tested HIV positive and what was their response?

>     My family found out my status several weeks after I was diagnosed. My mother inspected my belongings and she was able to see my CONFIRMATORY test result and she cornered me, asking me to explain the result. And so I disclosed my status and at the same time I disclosed to them that I am a Homosexual.
They had a lot of questions but I was able to answer it honestly and they were shocked by my answers.
With regards to disclosing to the community I believe that through my testimonials, people will be aware that HIV is here and it’s not going anywhere unless we do our part to correct misconceptions and also to educate for education is the most powerful weapon that we have, it’s just not been used properly. With consistent Advocacy accompanied with people stepping out to share their story people will be influenced to create change to themselves and to their community.

9. What advice can you give to those who feel sad or depressed, angry because they tested positive for HIV; or those who might deny their HIV status, they pretend that nothing is wrong; as well as what kind of advice can you give to those who might experience some difficulty in disclosing their HIV status or to tell their stories?

>     It is very hard and the pain is incomparable. Depression is normal but what is important is we have someone whom we can hang on to, to share how/what we feel and to just vent out all the emotions that we keep and store for a long time. You are never alone, there are support groups and people who offer the care and support that we need the most.
Life goes on, we must not dwell long in our past because it would restrain us from reaching our goals in life. It is never too late to achieve those goals and the impossible are still possible if we have trust in ourselves.
Denying or pretending that nothing is wrong would only lead to complications and tragic endings. Treatment is available and it helps prolong your life, along with healthy lifestyle, frequent visit with your doctor and positive outlook, you can live a normal life and would even live with a longer life expectancy.
Disclosure would still depend on the person. We should not rush them; instead we give them time to think. Also we can refer them to a licensed HIV counselor that could help them out in disclosing to their parents and other significant people.
Acceptance starts within you. Learn to accept yourself first before disclosing your HIV status. You should always be strong and full of optimism. 

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