Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Use of Poppers

Jan 13, 2013

I have an undetectable viral load and high CD4 count. I now want to try to try to put myself back into the dating scene. I know that if it gets sexual I need to wear condoms. I just need to know is it safe to take poppers to loosen up before sex. I am currently on Isentress and Complera. Would it be a deadly cocktail and what can I do, because I can't normally maintain an erection being penetrated nor do I ejaculate. I heard men with HIV should not to use poppers. Please advise.

 

Response from Dr. David Fawcett

Thanks for writing. Poppers should be used with caution. They don't mix with protease inhibitors (although neither Isentress nor Complera contain PIs) because of interference with liver enzymes, creating the potential for increased blood levels of certain medications. You mention erectile dysfunction. Poppers are a dangerous mix with ED drugs such as Viagra. The combination can cause a drop in blood pressure, increased heart rate, and even more serious problems like heart attack or stroke.

In my practice I see a high number of men who rarely or never have sex without poppers and/or mood altering drugs. Sex without the benefit of something to "loosen up" can be intimidating and intense for some, but a drug-free experience will ultimately be more much more satisfying (and safer).

Enjoy!

David

www.thebody.com

 

Monday, 14 January 2013

Bong's TOP 3 HIV TEST SITES

IN ORDER OF IMPORTANCE: 1 being the best recommended site for quality services. Klinika Bernardo is fast rising up to the occasion by formally launching their "sundown male wellness" clinic and now operating until 11:00pm. Great work for QC!

1). LOVEYOURSELF HUB (RITM Satellite Clinic Manila)
1850 Leon Guinto St. Malate, Manila.
Contacts: 547.9334 or 0917.835.1038
NEW SCHEDULE effective January 14, 2013!!!
Mondays, Thursdays Fridays & Saturdays 11:00am to 7:00pm (Cut-off at 5:30 PM)
Sunday 9 AM to 4 PM. (Cut-off at 2 PM)
Tuesdays & Wednesdays Clinic is CLOSED

2). KLINIKA BERNARDO
EDSA Across NEPA Q-Mart, Cubao, Quezon City
(at the back of Ramon Magsaysay High School)
Contact #0910.653.5522 (John)
Monday to Friday 8:00am to 11:00pm
every 2nd & 4th Sunday of the Month 2:00pm to 7:00pm

3). MAKATI SOCIAL HYGIENE CLINIC
7th Floor, Makati City Hall, J.P. Rizal St., Makati City
Contact - Teresita Pagcaliwagan, RN or YOYIE
Tel: (+632) 870-1615

also, the loveyourself project is doing a test run of their PLATINUM SERVICES. here are the details.
A special kind of HIV testing, organized for the most discreet of clients. Afraid to be seen? Worry not. Here's the most discreet, by-appointment-only, premium quality HIV testing service in the country today. On January 11, 18, and 25, 2013 -- at a very discreet location in Makati CBD (near Ayala Avenue and V.A. Rufino Street) -- Friday after-office slots available from 5 to 9 PM.
To support this platinum quality service, we will appreciate voluntary donation of P500 and above for each client.
To set appointment, register via this link: http://go.loveyourself.ph/platinum -- someone will contact you to confirm your appointment, and you'll be all set. Your information will be handled with strictest confidentiality.
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FOR THE VIPs I WOULD RECOMMEND THE MEDICAL CITY - Ortigas Avenue, Pasig City, Metro Manila Philippines. Tel. nos. (632) 988-1000, (632) 988-7000 email us : mail@medicalcity.com.ph -- i heard they also do home service for full confidentiality --- but their services are not FREE and sobrang mahal daw but hey if money is not a problem, why not. MAKATI MED is also an option.
ALL OTHERS I WOULDN't WANT TO RECOMMEND DUE TO SOME BAD 1st-HAND EXPERIENCES FROM THE PEOPLE I'VE TALKED WITH.
THE WORST PLACE to get tested are the PRIVATE DIAGNOSTIC CLINICS, most of them are not trained and does not follow the pre-test and post-test protocols. plus it's NOT FREE.
ALSO if you know that you had risky behavior and you need to undergo a medical examination as a requirement for working abroad which includes HIV testing - its best that you take the test in any of the above facilities and make sure first that you are negative before taking it at the agency-designated diagnostic clinic. most of them (if not all) have no idea how to deal with a hiv positive diagnosis. if the result is positive then just choose a country that will not require HIV testing.
hope these updated info helps!

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