October #106 : Show & Tell - by Suzy Martin

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Crime no. 69

Who’s Afraid of HU?

Six Nights in Bangkok

Their Patients, Their People

Thar She Blows!

HU Handbook

Top Black MDs

Heartbreak Hotel

Quilt Trip

Earthwatch

No PEP Rally

Milestones

Show & Tell

Topsy-Turvy

AIDS VOTE '04

Pos & Neg

Meth-od Actor

West Denial Virus

Bangkok Big Top

Briefs

Private Parts

Forbidden Grapefruit

Quick Study: Prostate

Alzheimer’s Drug Does HIV

Body Eclectic: Lungs

Get Flu-ent

If You Knew Sushi

39%

Trip or Treat

Scared Straight

Hitched & Bewitched

Mailbox



Most Popular Lessons

The HIV Life Cycle

Shingles

Herpes Simplex Virus

Syphilis & Neurosyphilis

Treatments for Opportunistic Infections (OIs)

What is AIDS & HIV?

Hepatitis & HIV


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October 2004

Show & Tell

by Suzy Martin

When you feel like crap, do you play it up-or down? Summer’s over, but these HIVers aren’t throwing in the (beach) towel.


ROSE TODD-STANFORD, 45
Cincinnati
When I first started meds, I had diarrhea, vomiting and fatigue. After two weeks of saying “I’m OK,” my husband finally said, “You’re going to the hospital.” Unless it gets to a point where I can’t function, I tend to go on about my business.

DEMETRI MOSHOYANNIS, 33
Los Angeles
I’m constantly anxious because of pressure I put on myself to take care of people who are sicker than me. In 10 years of being positive, I’ve taken few sick days. [HIVers] tell one another we shouldn’t overextend ourselves, but we often hold ourselves to such high standards.

VANESSA MILLS, 48
Miami
When others are ill, I always preach, “Go to the doctor!” But when I recently had an eye infection, I was too busy. It took a lot of courage for me to finally go—and it turned out to be minor.

JOSE BOIRIE, 44
East Elmhurst, NY
I struggle with tiredness, but when I want something, I tackle it headfirst. I opened my own computer-technician business. I don’t use this disease as a crutch.

CHRISTINA MARSH, 45
Honolulu
I play down my own health to uplift others. In fact, the only times I play up feeling worse is if it’s my turn to clean the toilet—or if I’m not in the mood to have sex. Works as good as the old headache excuse.




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