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Poppers and HIV
      #43955 - 11/15/02 08:41 AM

What's the current view on whether using poppers is wise when you are HIV+, whether on treatment or not?



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Re: Poppers and HIV new
      #43961 - 11/15/02 09:15 AM

Poppers are a nitrate which isn't good for the body, HIV+ or not. Nitrates are potentially carcinagenic substances and oxidate in the bloodstream.



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Re: Poppers and HIV new
      #43974 - 11/15/02 04:31 PM

I know they don't mix with viagara...read the following
http://www.thebody.com/step/spring02/club_drugs.html



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Re: Poppers and HIV new
      #43976 - 11/15/02 05:03 PM


'Poppers link prompts call for warnings in S.F.' by Christopher Heredia'

'Poppers have been linked to immune system suppression and to the
development of Kaposi's sarcoma, an AIDS-related skin cancer.'

A Board of Supervisors panel has recommended that the San Francisco
Department of Public Health and the district attorney's office revive health
warnings about amyl nitrate, a chemical inhalant used as a sexual stimulant...

"It's about having the education material there, and allowing people to make
an informed decision," said Board of Supervisors President Tom Ammiano,
whose resolution will go to the full board Monday.

The resolution requests that a letter be sent to the Health Department and
the district attorney's office asking that merchants selling amyl nitrate,
known as "poppers," be required to post warnings about health hazards. In
the 1980s, health officials banned the use of poppers in public places and
required merchants to post warnings about their dangers. Poppers have been
linked to immune system suppression and to the development of Kaposi's
sarcoma, an AIDS-related skin cancer. Research has shown that poppers
bring more blood vessels to the surface of the skin during sex, putting one at
greater risk for acquiring HIV. Although heterosexuals also use poppers,
some gay men say they use them because they relax muscles and reduce
pain during sex.

The warnings about their use disappeared sometime in the late '80s to early
'90s, and no one seems to know why. Now poppers are sold at adult
bookstores under the label Video Head Cleaner or Leather Cleaner, as well
as on the Internet. AIDS activists say poppers are frequently used -- despite
posted rules against drug use -- at gay bathhouses in the Bay Area.

"Selling poppers without a warning is the equivalent of selling cigarettes
without a health warning," said Survive AIDS member Jeff Getty. "



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Re: Poppers and HIV new
      #45379 - 11/27/02 11:40 PM

Wow, amyl nitrate is what cardiologists use to make heart work harder during echocardiogram test. I barely sniffed this stuff in cardiologist office and my heart really pounded and then it stopped for a few long moments. This is dangerous stuff.



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Re: Poppers and HIV new
      #48848 - 12/13/02 03:07 PM

Just knock it off! Stop using them. There have been articles that link HIV, poppers and opportunistic infections. You are worth more than that.



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