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Already used to treat AIDS in infected men, Truvada is now being used to prevent AIDS infection in healthy men! As it turns out, they are now testing it in healthy homosexual men across the world. According to studies, daily doses of Truvada reduce the risk of infection by an astonishing 44% when combined with condoms, counseling, and other prevention. Those who used it faithfully saw a reduced risk of 73%!

Some researchers initially feared that the pills might give men a false sense of security. However, as they found out, stressing the combination of this method with other methods of prevention actually encouraged safer sex! Risky sex declined in populations using this pill.

A Major Milestone

According to researchers, this presents a major innovation in the fight against HIV and AIDS. They warn however that this has only been tested in homosexual men. Studies are being conducted now, but there are no completed studies that show it has the same effect in male-female sex, drug use related AIDS, or other methods of transmission.

Condoms Still Matter

Just because this pill cuts the risk does not mean that you should engage in riskier sex or throw other methods out the window. Condoms are still the first line of defense. According to Dr. Kevin Fenton, “It’s not time for homosexual and bisexual men to throw out their condoms. This pill should never be seen as the first line of defense against HIV.”

The Cost Of Truvada

The practicality could severely limit the use of this particular pill. Those who already have AIDS already struggle to afford it. It generally costs $5000 to $14,000 a year in the United States! In third world countries, it can be found in generic form for $0.39 a day. At this time, Dr. Howard Jaffe, the president of the company responsible for this pill, does not plan on any future price reduction.

Will The Insurance Companies Help?

There is a considerable debate about insurance companies and if they have a responsibility to cover this! Obviously, it’s more affordable in other countries. But the US is not necessarily able to benefit from the same low costs and generic options. Obviously, the main focus is on homosexual men.

Truvada has also been used to treat AIDS in all other populations. It has been used to treat AIDS in AIDS babies, drug users, healthcare workers accidently exposed to HIV, and even those who were simply bit my a mosquito.

The Study On Truvada

The company behind Truvada donated Truvada for the process of the study. They tested about 2500 men in areas such as Peru, Ecuador, Brazil, South Africa, Thailand, and the United States. They were chosen due to high rates of HIV and diverse populations. More than 40% of participants had taken money for sex at least once, and at the start of the study, each had an average of 18 partners. By the end of the study, that average dropped to 6.

All went in for a monthly visit to test for HIV, and they were given either Truvada or a dummy pill. Every 6 months, they were also tested for other sexually transmitted diseases as needed. At the end of the study, there were 64 HIV infections among the 1248 on a dummy pill and only 36 in the 1251 patients on Truvada.

If a man did this, it probably never would’ve passed the litmus test for most women, because obviously….man in a bar. When it’s a woman however, it just doesn’t occur to us. Medically, we’re told to watch out for breast cancer. Aesthetically, we worry about sagging breasts, and sometimes we want to simply have larger breasts.

A woman, posing as a physician and even a plastic surgeon was recently caught in Boise area nightclubs, posing as a doctor and tricking a number of other women into undergoing “breast exams.” I have to wonder why in the world you would undergo a breast exam in a nightclub in the first place. Kristina Ross, 37, is now in the Ada County Jail.

She called herself Berlyn Aussieahshowna, another sign that she might be a fake. However, she seemed to have enough medical knowledge according to victims. As part of this, she actually gave the women the number of a real plastic surgeon in the area. And she was caught when a growing number of women called to make appointments with the Dr. Berlyn Aussieahshowna that did not exist.

Ross has a previous criminal record of petty theft and other problems. Interestingly enough, she has a previous criminal record specifically as a man. She reports herself to be a woman and she was booked as a woman. At this time, she is listed as transgendered according to official public records as of 2004.

She is now represented by a public defender and faces up to 5 years of prison time and a fine of up to $10,000 for each count.

In short, if you are thinking about breast implants or if you want to get a medical examination for health reasons, go to your doctor. Go to a medical office, and it’s always best to check out your doctor of choice beforehand. Take a few minutes to do a little research and find out if he/she has complaints, records, etc. If something seems fishy or odd, it probably is.

1. People With Diabetes Can’t Eat Any Sugar
Everything is best eaten in moderation. Eating a piece of cake or a cookie won’t cause instant shock or crisis. For those with type 2 diabetes, it is better to be moderate about your dieting habits, when eaten as part of an overall healthy diet and exercise program. Limiting sweets is still mandatory. However, with type 1 diabetes (while healthy diet and exercise is encouraged) the elimination of sweets is not required.

2. Too Much Sugar Causes Diabetes
Most cases of diabetes are partly genetically based. Of course, you have to be more careful if you do have a family history. It is a combination of both genetics and lifestyle factors. Just because you eat a lot of sugar does not mean that you will develop diabetes. Being overweight can increase the risk, and eating a lot of extra sugar can contribute to obesity. Healthy diet and exercise is always encouraged.

3. Diabetes Requires A Special Diet
It is encouraged for those with diabetes to limit sugar and carb intake while eating more protein to balance out blood glucose levels. With that being said, a healthy diet is a healthy diet, whether or not you have diabetes. You should practice a healthy diet plan with more fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and whole grain foods.

4. You Can Catch Diabetes
Diabetes is not like a cold or flu. It is not contagious. They don’t know exactly what causes diabetes. But it cannot be caught from another person. There is however a genetic link between those who have it.

5. There Is Only One Type Of Dangerous Diabetes
There are several types of diabetes, and all can be dangerous. All of the types of diabetes are potentially serious. Some are more temporary than others. Type 1, type 2, and gestational diabetes are the most serious and can cause potentially serious issues and problems.

6. Only Diabetics Need Insulin
Insulin is a natural element of the body. Everybody needs insulin. It’s just a matter of whether or not the body can produce healthy amounts of its own to properly process sugar.

7. You Cannot Avoid Diabetes Complications
So you have diabetes. So you have problems. Yes, the pancreas is not functioning as it should. Avoiding complications is not as hard as you may think. People with diabetes don’t make insulin or absorb it in the right way. A proper diet and exercise plan combined with the right regimen of medications can help you to avoid the complications and other issues associated with diabetes.

If you are prediabetic or have a family history of diabetes, it is more important than ever before to take care of yourself. Lifestyle changes can make all the difference in your rate of success. Of course, a healthy diet and exercise plan is important, and one that is lower in sugar works. However, some don’t know what this means, here are a few basic tips.

1. Eat more fiber
Fiber is an important part of any diet. It takes your body longer to digest high fiber foods, and so your body’s blood glucose levels don’t spike or drop quite as suddenly. If you eat around 45 to 50g of fiber a day, it will help you to reach your high fiber goals and regulate your body’s digestion processes.

2. Drink more coffee and tea
Researchers have recently discovered a link between the consumption of tea and coffee and a lower rate of diabetes. 3 to 4 cups of coffee or tea has been shown to demonstrate a 25% lower risk of diabetes than drinking no coffee or even just one cup a day. Green or black tea is also beneficial. Drinking 3 to 4 cups lowers risk by 18%

3. Lose weight
For those who develop type 2 diabetes, healthy diet and exercise plans that lead to weight loss can “cure” some cases. Losing just 5 to 10% of your body weight can prevent the onset of diabetes, and it can help the body to control blood sugar levels. Studies show that those who do not are more likely to develop type 2 diabetes within 10 years. Try to avoid extremes of course, losing weight too quickly can also be harmful. However, losing weight as a whole is quite beneficial.

4. Exercise a little more
When you exercise, it significantly regulates your blood glucose levels. Those with type 2 diabetes are encouraged to exercise, making a significant difference. And those who want to prevent the problem obviously can benefit from a healthier lifestyle.

5. Eat regularly
If you eat 3 to 5 meals per day and break it down into smaller portions, this keeps your blood glucose controlled. This also keeps your energy up, preventing sudden spikes or drops along with other all too common problems.