HIV and Gastric Bypass
So here is my question. I recently started seeing a really great guy who happens to be HIV positive and I am not. Having worked as a volunteer for years I really wasn't bothered by the news since I exclusively a top and always safe. My risk factor is pretty low. However he asked me a question I hadn't really considered. if, despite our best efforts, I do contract HIV, what are the additional risks/complications/ etc... that my GB surgery add to the situation? Are my treatment options reduced or hindered due to malabsorbtion? Since the change in my digestive tract reduces live cultures and digestive enzymes, which already make me more susceptible to catching colds etc, does that increase my risks?
Has anyone been through this with their doctor, or in their own GB experience and they can share? If your not comfortable sharing on the message board I promise to keep your info confidential should you be so kind as to send a PM.
Thanks in Advance!
Surgery Date: 12.14.05
Presurgery weight: 400 lbs
Current weight: 238
on 11/11/09 2:54 pm
What a good question.. We are so absorbed in teh community here, and my partner is doing the Aids LifeCycle for her second year.. And she worked at the OC LGBT Center for 5 years, my suggestion would be to contact the San Francisco Aids Foundation. I only suggest them because they are the largest. They should be able to help you.
Good luck in your new relationship!
They all said basically the same thing. By having by-pass surgery our immune systems are compromized as it is by the malabsorption factors so we are at even greater risk of getting infected, whether it is HIV or the common cold or flu.
Yes we all agree prevention is the thing to put the most effort into. But sh*t happens and I like knowing I've got a pooper scooper handy too.
We have guys on our forum that have lost all of their excess weight easily. Come check us out!!! We're a friendly bunch
I have been HIV+ since 2007. Undetectable viral load and a cd4 of 980. I had gastric bypass on 05/07/2012. I have now lost 132 lbs. I have never been more healthy in my life. I went from 12 pills a day down to my 1 HIV medication. All other health problems went away once i was able to get the weight off. I was able to take me pills and everything. That is my experience. Didnt really have any complications.
Thank you so much to everyone for your honesty and candor! I appreciate people not being afraid to say they don't know and direct me someplace else. To share their experience thus far, and even to share with me what people say to them after a "break up". Sometimes you don't get that honest answer from those close to you until after the fact, which seems sad to me.
In any case I really think the answer to this is no one is really sure. There are no long term studies. Though I don't know if you are actually more susceptible to contracting HIV as you would be a Cold or the Flu (due to the way of the exposure and your body's ability or complete inability to attach the HIV virus), I think the risk factors are real SHOULD you contract the virus. I think it is excellent advice that you shouldn't go crushing pills without consulting your doctor. That is good advice for ALL of us.
It seems most of you have had surgery in the last year or so. Being almost four years out I can tell you that you will again swallow pills. I take a vitamin E and a multivitamin gel cap that are quite large and have for the past year or so. Now I can't take a claritin 24 D and truly digest the pill. But my mom is a nurse and if I need it I score the sides to cut a hole in the slow release coating. But like TheBigBear pointed out in the other thread of HIV info (which I read before posting this) some pills aren't meant to be crushed. Iron is like that! It feels like you swallowed glass! Trust me, I made that mistake three or four times before I figured out a staple hadn't come loose and I was trying to pass it.
Anyway, thank you all again so much! Your info has been very, very helpful. Our health is more fragile and it is something we just don't think about often enough.