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HIV/AIDS Awareness Day is December 1, 2010. There are many activities scheduled in the Fort Lauderdale/Miami area to bring recognition to this disease. I encourage you to make an action plan for how you will spend this important day. As Dec 1st is a Wednesday, The Group will be meeting as usual at 7 pm. However, at 7:30 pm the Worlds AIDS Day Candlelight Vigil will also be taking place from Richardson Park to the Rally at the Shoppes of Wilton Manors.



Personally, this year I am choosing to wear a “HIV POSITIVE” t-shirt while out in public to help raise awareness and advance the effort to “normalize” this disease. Joe Guerrero and Bob Risse agreed to join me in this commitment. We will update you with a message summarizing our experiences of that day.

As Annie Lennox so aptly states, “Break the silence. Sing. Let your voice be heard.”

To commemorate this occasion, we’ve designed and printed “HIV-POSITIVE” T-Shirts to give to our friends in the Community. If you would like to join us in wearing the HIV POSITIVE T-SHIRT, please join us at the Shoppes of Wilton Manors at 7 pm where we will distribute any remaining shirts and then walk over to Richardson Park together.

If you have any questions about the shirt or if you like to specifically request one in advance, please contact Bob at Bob33308@yahoo.com ASAP

Thank you for your time,

Jim Cooper, Joe Guerrero, Bob Risse

Please watch the following video by Annie Lennox which explains her reasoning for wearing the “HIV Positive” t-shirt. Her comments address and help to reinforce many of the co-factors identified in the L.I.F.E. Program. Specifically, she emphasizes the need for disclosure and working towards “normalizing” the social reaction to this disease.

Following is a link to her 2007 performance of the song, “Sing”, featuring an introduction by Nelson Mandela. The video is very powerful. The statistics cited are not current, but none the less, stress the severity of this illness as it affects the community of women and children living in the sub-Sahara.

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FRIDAY MOVIE NIGHT Pozitive Attitudes Group, Nov. 26:
BURLESQUE stars CHER & CHRISTINA. (see details below)
Showing at Sunrise Cinemas The Gateway Cinema 4 1820 East Sunrise Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304 | (954) 763-7994
Starts at 7:30 PM
Meet inside Lobby at 7:00 PM
.
Those wanting to eat/drink together will meet in lobby following movie.

Burlesque – Trailer No. 1.

Plot
Christina Aguilera makes her dramatic feature debut as Ali, a small-town singer who takes her shot at stardom performing at a neo-burlesque nightclub in Los Angeles. Situated in a regal old theater that’s still dazzling despite having fallen into disrepair, The Burlesque Lounge is the kind of club where legends are born. When club owner Tess (Cher) hires charismatic Ali as a cocktail waitress, the ambitious big-city newcomer goes to great lengths to make a good impression. Taken under the wing of a friendly featured dancer (Julianne Hough), Ali quickly realizes that not everyone is quite as nice when she forms a friendship with bartender/aspiring musician Jack (Cam Gigandet) and incurs the wrath of the club’s cattiest showgirl (Kristen Bell). After making her leap to the stage with a little help from a sympathetic stage manager (Stanley Tucci) and the club’s playfully androgynous host (Alan Cumming), Ali becomes the star attraction at The Burlesque Lounge, and the crowds start packing in. Later, a wealthy businessman (Eric Dane) makes a bid for the club while trying to charm the talented young performer straight into his arms. – Jason Buchanan, Rovi

Genre(s):
Musicals
Runtime:
100 min.

John

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PozAttitudes Group Movie Night.
Friday, November 12, 2010
MORNING GLORY starring Harrison Ford & Diane Keaton.
Coral Ridge AMC Theater.
Starts at 8:00 PM, meet inside lobby at 7:40 PM.

This is a comedy with good reviews.

Those wanting to get together after show for dining/drinks will meet inside lobby after movie.

Plot: From director Roger Michell (‘Notting Hill’, ‘Venus’), producer J.J. Abrams (“Felicity,” “Alias,” “Lost,” ‘Star Trek’), and writer Aline Brosh McKenna (‘The Devil Wears Prada’, ’27 Dresses’), comes ‘Morning Glory,’ a new romantic comedy set in the in the hilarious and dysfunctional world of morning television. Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton star along with Patrick Wilson and Jeff Goldblum.

When hard-working TV producer Becky Fuller (McAdams) is fired from a local news program, her career begins to look as bleak as her hapless love life. Stumbling into a job at “Daybreak” (the last-place national morning news show), Becky decides to revitalize the show by bringing on legendary TV anchor Mike Pomeroy (Ford). Unfortunately, Pomeroy refuses to cover morning show staples like celebrity gossip, weather, fashion and crafts — let alone work with his new co-host, Colleen Peck (Keaton), a former beauty queen and longtime morning show personality who is more than happy covering morning “news.” As Mike and Colleen clash, first behind the scenes and then on the air, Becky’s blossoming love affair with fellow producer, Adam Bennett (Wilson) begins to unravel — and soon Becky is struggling to save her relationship, her reputation, her job and ultimately, the show itself.

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We set a new record, 42 guys showed up to talk about Facial Wasting. We’re becoming the place to be. Come join us!

We defined facial wasting as the fat loss from the face and one of the components of lipodystrophy. Although it’s not exactly known what causes fat to waste from some area and redistribute in other area, as many as 48% of people taking HIV-drugs may experience it. Most doctors now believe that nucleoside analogues such as Zerit and AZT may be the cause and not Protease Inhibitors.

Reversing facial wasting can partially be accomplished by switching drugs, but this may only partially correct the damage. We discussed a couple medical procedures, Sculptra or New Fill, Radiesse and Silicone.
Silicone is not approved for facial wasting, but some doctors are using it off-label. Radiesse is temporary, but immediate. Sculptra is longer lasting, approximately two years, but takes a month or so to generate the collagen.

We watched a video from Mark S King and ‘My Fabulous Disease’ about a Facial Wasting Procedure he video taped.

We discussed the cost. Sculptra and Radiesse have Patient Assistant Programs that will provide the drug for free for low-income patients, but you would still have to pay the doctor for the procedure. This might be several hundred dollars per visit and you might require 4-6 visits.

In March, 2010, Medicare approved covering the cost of facial filling treatments for HIV patients who are depressed.

Occasionally, some local doctors offer special programs where they cover these procedures for low-income people. The Wellness Center and Project Link has made these offers public a few times. When we hear about these, we will pass the information along in the website.

We also talked about the stigma people with facial wasting feel. Athough, facial wasting itself is not a dangerous health risk, it can have a serious impact on emotional and mental health. Many people with facial wasting may feel stigmatized that the facial wasting is an “HIV tattoo” indicating to the world their HIV status. This could result in a loss of self confidence and self-esteem.

After break, we discussed the Three Thanksgiving dinners coming up. Fusion is having a Pot Luck dinner on Thursday November 18. The Wellness Center is having a Thanksgiving luncheon on Saturday November 20. And Sunshine Cathedral is having a Thanksgiving Day dinner open to all. Information of these activities are in other blogs and on our calendar.

14 or us went to Peter Pan where we continued the conversation.

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PozAttitudes Group Movie Night.
Friday, November 12, 2010
MORNING GLORY starring Harrison Ford & Diane Keaton.
Coral Ridge AMC Theater.
Starts at 8:00 PM, meet inside lobby at 7:40 PM.

This is a comedy with good reviews. See details below.

Those wanting to get together after show for dining/drinks will meet inside lobby after movie.

Comedy – 102 min.

Plot: From director Roger Michell (‘Notting Hill’, ‘Venus’), producer J.J. Abrams (“Felicity,” “Alias,” “Lost,” ‘Star Trek’), and writer Aline Brosh McKenna (‘The Devil Wears Prada’, ’27 Dresses’), comes ‘Morning Glory,’ a new romantic comedy set in the in the hilarious and dysfunctional world of morning television. Rachel McAdams, Harrison Ford and Diane Keaton star along with Patrick Wilson and Jeff Goldblum.

When hard-working TV producer Becky Fuller (McAdams) is fired from a local news program, her career begins to look as bleak as her hapless love life. Stumbling into a job at “Daybreak” (the last-place national morning news show), Becky decides to revitalize the show by bringing on legendary TV anchor Mike Pomeroy (Ford). Unfortunately, Pomeroy refuses to cover morning show staples like celebrity gossip, weather, fashion and crafts — let alone work with his new co-host, Colleen Peck (Keaton), a former beauty queen and longtime morning show personality who is more than happy covering morning “news.” As Mike and Colleen clash, first behind the scenes and then on the air, Becky’s blossoming love affair with fellow producer, Adam Bennett (Wilson) begins to unravel — and soon Becky is struggling to save her relationship, her reputation, her job and ultimately, the show itself.

Watch Trailer

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South Florida AIDS Network
Community Meeting
Everyone Welcome
HOT TOPICS:
ADAP Update (AIDS Drug Assistance Program)
Part D Plan Changes
&
“Donut Hole De-Mystification”
Opportunity for Questions/Answers
Tuesday, November 16th
5:30 PM Refreshments
6 PM Meeting
Location: Holy Cross Hospital
Sister Innocent Conference Center
Auditorium
Hospital Address: 4725 No. Federal Highway
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33308
Auditorium is located on the South side of the hospital
map available on website: www.holy-cross.com

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The topic for this Wednesday, 11-10-2010 is Facial Wasting. We will discuss the causes, characteristics, health implications and procedures on how to reverse it. Specifically we’ll be discussing Sculptra and Radiesse.

We will be watching a video from Mark S. King from his My Fabulous Disease log that actually shows the procedures with before and after pictures.

This should be entertaining, educational and fun, so come join us.

-Steve

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