English but living since 1986 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands. HIV+ since 2004 and a neuropathy patient since 2007. I've seen quite a bit, done quite a bit and bought quite a few t-shirts if you know what I mean; but all that baggage makes me what I am today: a better person I believe, despite it all.
Arriving on TheBody.com, originally, was the end result of getting neuropathy as a side effect of the medication, or the virus, or both. I found it such a vague disease and discovered very little information that wasn't commercially tinged, or scientifically impenetrable, so I decided to create a daily Blog and a website where practical information, hints, tips and experiences for patients could be gathered together in one place.
However, I was also given the chance to write about other aspects of living with HIV and have now contributed more articles about those than about neuropathy. That said, neuropathy remains my 'core subject' although one which unfortunately dominates both my life and that of many other HIV-positive people.
I'm not a doctor or qualified medical expert, just someone with neuropathy and HIV who has spent the last few years researching the illness and trying to create information sources for people who want to know more.
Latest by Dave R.
"This is not a call for the abandonment of rubbers in favour of uninhibited sex. It's an attempt to place condoms in the context of a world where sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are out to get us at every turn."
"There's a strong case for a whole new approach to HIV education, based on the latest scientific evidence and starting again from square one: back to basics teaching about HIV, with moralizing taken out of the equation."
"I accept that it will take some time for the general population to catch up with the news that undetectable people can't pass on the virus," an incensed Dave R. writes in his latest blog; "but I hate the fact that nobody is interested in publicizing...
This article originally appeared on PositiveLite.com, Canada's Online HIV Magazine.
It always seems pretty weak to begin an article with a disclaimer; as if you don't really believe in what you're writing. Well in this case, I genuinely don't know w...
"Most people have little or no concept of how nerves work and how essential they are to daily life and therefore find it nigh on impossible to understand what happens when the system breaks down."
"Many people have a fascination for what drives people to bug chase and this story may help others understand the phenomenon a little better."
The vast majority of lonely people are not suicidal; they want to keep on living they've just forgotten how. Loneliness can be paralyzing.
"Positive people, on effective treatment, with an undetectable viral load and healthy immune system, still don't know if they can or can't pass on the virus to their partners."
"'What ifs ' are a glass half empty, late night go-to for many a positive person, but of course each 'what if' is really only a salve for the soul, it doesn't provide answers."
"You can hear them saying it. They'd really never expected anything else from a same-sex relationship; they knew nothing good would come of it."