POZ Stories: Rob Toth, Lakewood OHPositive since 1988

"I got my HIV test results under the name G.H.W. Bush at a local free clinic. I remember the lady telling me I was HIV positive; I remember hating her little pearl earrings, the navy blazer she was wearing and the small, unkempt room. Her post-counseling talk was rather like the teacher in Peanuts cartoon: “wah-wah-wah-wah-wah.” I sat numb in the office. Then I silently walked the long, rainy path by the river to my home…."

Click here for the rest of Toth’s submission, or here to submit your own POZ story on our site. Together, we can help fight stigma and shame, increase awareness, and educate the community about living with HIV.

POZ Stories: Rob Toth, Lakewood OH
Positive since 1988

"I got my HIV test results under the name G.H.W. Bush at a local free clinic. I remember the lady telling me I was HIV positive; I remember hating her little pearl earrings, the navy blazer she was wearing and the small, unkempt room. Her post-counseling talk was rather like the teacher in Peanuts cartoon: “wah-wah-wah-wah-wah.” I sat numb in the office. Then I silently walked the long, rainy path by the river to my home…."

Click here for the rest of Toth’s submission, or here to submit your own POZ story on our site. Together, we can help fight stigma and shame, increase awareness, and educate the community about living with HIV.

Check it Out: Larry Kramer Joined Ryan Murphy and ‘The Normal Heart’ Cast For Outstanding TV Movie Win!
Last night, the HBO film also won Outstanding Makeup For A Miniseries or A Movie, after being nominated for a whopping 16 Emmy awards.
Here’s an excerpt from director, Ryan Murphy’s acceptance speech: 
“We’re going to use the rest of our time to ask the young people watching to become Larry Kramers, to find a cause you believe in that you will fight for, that you will die for…This is for all of the hundreds of thousands of artists who passed from HIV/AIDS in 1981. Your memory and your passion burns on in us and this is for them.”

Check it Out: Larry Kramer Joined Ryan Murphy and ‘The Normal Heart’ Cast For Outstanding TV Movie Win!

Last night, the HBO film also won Outstanding Makeup For A Miniseries or A Movie, after being nominated for a whopping 16 Emmy awards.

Here’s an excerpt from director, Ryan Murphy’s acceptance speech:

“We’re going to use the rest of our time to ask the young people watching to become Larry Kramers, to find a cause you believe in that you will fight for, that you will die for…This is for all of the hundreds of thousands of artists who passed from HIV/AIDS in 1981. Your memory and your passion burns on in us and this is for them.”

Did you know that folks ages 40-49 make up the highest percentage of people diagnosed with advanced AIDS in the U.S.?

Here are their stories.

“I’d stayed HIV negative so long I thought I was Superman and started having condom-free sex.”

“We used petroleum jelly instead of water-based lubricant.”

“I caved to affection. And once you allow them not to wear a condom the first time, that’s it.”

“All I can say is, I wanted to experience the joy of the moment. I’m a heavy guy, and the thought that anyone wanted to have sex with me was encouraging.”

“We may feel more isolated, we’re not going out to clubs anymore, we may feel that people are judging us because we’re older and ‘should have known better.’”

ViiV’s New HIV Drug “Trii” Has Officially Been FDA-Approved
Triumeq is a tablet that must be taken daily. Each tablet contains 50 mg dolutegravir, 600 mg abacavir, and 300 mg lamivudine. The correct dose is one pill taken once daily, either with or without food.
FDA approval is based on data from two clinical trials: In one trial involving people starting ARV therapy for the first time, the regimen was found to be superior to Atripla. Another study confirmed that taking Triumeq results in blood levels of the ARVs equivalent to all 3 drugs taken together as separate tablets.
It is not recommended for people with known HIV resistance to abacavir, lamivudine, or any of the approved intergrase inhibitors.
Click here for a complete guide to the latest fixed-dose, once-daily combination tablet, Triumeq.

ViiV’s New HIV Drug “Trii” Has Officially Been FDA-Approved

  • Triumeq is a tablet that must be taken daily. Each tablet contains 50 mg dolutegravir, 600 mg abacavir, and 300 mg lamivudine. The correct dose is one pill taken once daily, either with or without food.
  • FDA approval is based on data from two clinical trials: In one trial involving people starting ARV therapy for the first time, the regimen was found to be superior to Atripla. Another study confirmed that taking Triumeq results in blood levels of the ARVs equivalent to all 3 drugs taken together as separate tablets.
  • It is not recommended for people with known HIV resistance to abacavir, lamivudine, or any of the approved intergrase inhibitors.


Click here for a complete guide to the latest fixed-dose, once-daily combination tablet, Triumeq.

HIV, if Treated, May Not Raise Cognitive Impairment RiskWhile dementia related to HIV was once highly common, in the modern era of antiretrovirals it has become rare. Nevertheless, research has suggested that as much as half of people living with the virus still experience some form of neurocognitive impairment. The findings of this research suggest that such an estimate may be exaggerated.

HIV, if Treated, May Not Raise Cognitive Impairment Risk

While dementia related to HIV was once highly common, in the modern era of antiretrovirals it has become rare. Nevertheless, research has suggested that as much as half of people living with the virus still experience some form of neurocognitive impairment. The findings of this research suggest that such an estimate may be exaggerated.

A Tampon-Like HIV Prevention Method for Women?So this is really cool: New research shows that tiny water-soluble electrospun fibers can quickly dissolve and deliver an antiretroviral to the vagina. They act as pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV and can act in as little as six minutes. Scientists say the cloth could also be used for various bacterial, fungal and other viral infections. 
Photo: Medical News Today

A Tampon-Like HIV Prevention Method for Women?

So this is really cool: New research shows that tiny water-soluble electrospun fibers can quickly dissolve and deliver an antiretroviral to the vagina. They act as pre-exposure prophylaxis for HIV and can act in as little as six minutes. Scientists say the cloth could also be used for various bacterial, fungal and other viral infections.

Photo: Medical News Today