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Man Cured of AIDS: ‘I Feel Good’

Published 06/08/2012 by Sensi Boutique

Man Cured of AIDS: ‘I Feel Good’

ABC NewsBy Carrie Gann | ABC News – 15 hrs ago

The fact that Timothy Brown is a reasonably healthy 46-year-old is no small thing. Only a few years ago, he had AIDS.

“I feel good,” Brown told ABC News. “I haven’t had any major illnesses, just occasional colds like normal people.”

Brown is the only person in the world to be cured of AIDS, the result of a transplant of blood stem cells he received to treat leukemia.

“My case is the proof in concept that HIV can be cured,” he said.

Brown   got lucky. The blood stem cells he received came from a donor with a special genetic mutation that made him resistant to HIV. The genetic mutation occurs in less than 1 percent of Caucasians, and far less frequently in people of other races. Before Brown got his transplant in 2007, doctors tested nearly 70 donors for this genetic mutation before they found one who was a match.

But doctors hope that a similar solution could   help other people with HIV: umbilical cord blood transplants.

Dr. Lawrence Petz, medical director of StemCyte, an umbilical cord blood bank, said although Brown was cured by his transplant, the process was complicated because the blood stem cells came from an adult donor.

“When you do that you have to have a very close match between donor and recipient,” Petz said. “With umbilical cord blood, we don’t need such a close match. It’s far easier to find donor matches.”

But it’s still not that easy. Petz and his colleagues have tested 17,000 samples of cord blood so far, and found just 102 that have the genetic HIV-resistant mutation. The team performed the first cord blood transplant on an HIV-infected patient a few weeks ago, and they have another transplant planned for a similar patient in Madrid, Spain, later this year. It will still be months before researchers can tell if the transplants have any effect on the patients’ HIV.

Petz also noted that transplants aren’t performed solely to treat AIDS. Patients who get them have an additional condition that requires a blood stem cell transplant. Curing their AIDS would be an incredible bonus.

“It can be done. It’s just a matter of time,” Petz said.

Brown had his transplant in February 2007. Today, his body shows no signs of the virus.

Brown said he feels guilty being the only person to have been cured of the virus when millions still live with it. But he hopes his story will inspire others that a cure is possible.

“I don’t want to be the only person in the world cured of HIV. I want a cure for everyone,” he said.

More then 4200 religons in the world today

Published 05/31/2012 by Sensi Boutique

So who’s is right? which one will lead me to salvation and which one to hell? what if I try to belive in say 2100 of those I might have a 50/50 chance? crap i better sign up for all of them, well except the ones who hate the gay’s. Recently I became entangled in a debate on why I’m going to hell because I am a lesbian. Now im not 100% sure but the bible wasnt created to spread hate? Why would jesus want to send the gay’s to hell? If God is the Creator than maybe we should leave the judging to him. Now I will not and never will preach my beliefs, they are mine and mine alone. If I want to believe that aliens created the universe then so be it, who are you to judge?

Now here is an idea, maybe the bible is not ment to be taken so literally? If in deed it was we are all going to hell gays and straight’s alike. Check out my blog on Why I Cant Own Canadians for more details. Why is it ok to pick and choose which scriptures are ok to follow and which ones we conveniently forget?

The main argument that I had today was if in the US we have freedom of religion and separation of church and state, why is ok to create laws based on one groups religion?

Also there is many more important issues in the world than who I marry and that JC Penny loves the gays. Some real issues could be say world hunger, global warming, how about terrorism? or the many wars around the world? what about the fact that the Celtics lost because of crappy refs?  It seems like God might have bigger issues to deal with then us dammed homo’s.

I just think more people should look at the big picture, society is not made up of one religion.

I No Its Wrong But…………

Published 04/27/2012 by Sensi Boutique

I know its wrong to judge others, not because god, the church or the bible tells me to but because my parents taught me to be accepting. They also taught me “if you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all.” and “if house cats go outside the die”( My parents are interesting folks) Now I do my very best not to judge people and I consider my self  well-mannered however today I don’t have anything “nice” to say.

I have a bit of a rant going on in my head today. Now most of these thoughts are probably due to lack of sleep and a long night at work. You have officially been warned!

Todays Issues total 2:

Issue One

Crazy obnoxious religious folk.

Need I really say anything more? I’m confused about where these people get off judging others and sending all us gays to hell. I don’t judge you,  we are not spewing venom about how rude, and hateful you come across or how your going to hell for judging my lifestyle.  Now originally I had limited this rant/ issue to Christians but I have amended it to include all crazy religious people. ( my mom also taught me not to discriminate)  Now as the saying goes opinions are like assholes, we all got one. I have lots of opinions on lots of things.  I take issue with these religious zealots trying to force their beliefs and opinions down everyone’s throat. When did america become a place that says my way is right and your wrong so  pass go and straight to jail or hell your pick?  I firmly belive that everyone is entitled to live free. Free from persecution for their beliefs and lifestyles.  It is purely my opinion and my blog so I can say what pleases me. I am a proud married lesbian, who believes in God but not the bible.

Do people judge other people’s lifestyles to mask their own crappy lives?

I don’t honestly care what people do in their lives, whether it be church, sex, gambling, escorts, knitting, bingo, rodeo, hinting, video games, hording, cutting,origami, eating,  sleeping, or what ever else makes you happy. Be happy and be honest with yourself. If I could find a genie and get 3 wishes one of those wishes would be that everyone in the world would stop being judgmental and start being accepting. My second wish would be to be a billionaire and my third wish would be for a unicorn. Unicorns kick serious ass.

Ok rant/ issue one is now rested. moving on to issue 2

Issue Two

Reality TV ( specifically “to young to be fat”)

So this afternoon I stumbled upon this show on TLC “To Young To Be Fat”. Now my first giant mistake was stopping at the TLC channel. This whole network is just ridiculous on its own. Whatever I enjoy train wreck TV now and again. What other channel shows you gypsies, little people, and or wedding dresses? What really sent me over the edge today was this specific show that was more of a documentary on childhood obesity. This is a huge problem ( pardon the pun) in america. Kids are fat, adults are fat, hey even my dog is fat. Most of the show was pretty good, it started out with a handful of kids who in an effort to turn their round little bodies into heathy little bodies go to “fat camp”. I think it’s a great idea to help kids learn the healthy habits they have not been taught at home.

The part of the show that really started at least half of this awesome blog rant was one particular girl and her parents were opting to have lipo instead of dieting and exercise. Now at first I gave her the benefit of the doubt, maybe she had some heath problem and could not exercise or eat heathy. Epic fail on my part. Her only issue was she had low iron. It’s amazing that people are constantly looking for an easy way out. What made it worst was her mother was all about her getting this elective surgery.

Again this is only my opinion, but I think a lot of the obesity problems start at home with parents not teaching children correctly. Now when my wife and I adopt or steal a cute gayby ( see the blog by the funnest blogger ever sweetmother) he or she will be taught heathy eating habits along with how to kill zombies, manners, Xbox 360 basics, how to hit a baseball, and importantly not to judge others.

Wow I feel better! everyone needs to rant once in a while and today was my day. Now that I have that off my mind i can get to all my unpure sexy thoughts, video games, and a much-needed nap.  We will be shortly getting back to our regular blog topics hopefully after the nap and before the video games.

with love,

Sensi

Longest Lasting Flowers

Published 03/27/2012 by Sensi Boutique

These were the flowers we created, they were behind the minister, almost all of our flowers were origami and made my us in the weeks ahead of the wedding.

we used origami flowers for our center pieces, a decorations for the ceremony and the souvenirs. They will be forever cherished by us and the best part is they will never wither.

This whole project was so much fun, we worked with our budget to make budget friendly decorations. I learned how to create the flowers and my wife figured out how to put them on stems. The feedback we got from friends and family was amazing. Needless to say there were no decorations left over. But hey isn’t that the point?

Top gay-friendly destinations

Published 03/12/2012 by Sensi Boutique

1. San Francisco, USA

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Rainbow flags adorn apartment windows and bar entrances in many San Francisco neighbourhoods, with nearly every bar and  business in the Castro catering to gays and lesbians. Pride Week is capped by  the often-outrageous ‘Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Pride Parade’ – where half a million people party in the street on the last Sunday in June. Also  in June is the long-running queer film festival.

2. Sydney, Australia

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Hey, in Sydney  gay is the new straight. Gay and lesbian culture forms a vocal, vital,  well-organised and colourful part of Sydney’s social fabric. Host of the 2002  Gay Games, Sydney also plays host to Australia’s biggest annual tourist event – the Mardi Gras. The joy-filled hedonism-meets-political-protest parade is  attended by more than half a million people. Beach life also reigns here, so  boys should buff up before hitting the sand.

3. Brighton, England

 

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Perhaps it’s Brighton’s long-time association with the theatre, but for  more than 100 years the city has been a gay haven. The vibrant queer community  is made-up of 40,000 residents – almost a quarter of the total population.  Kemptown (aka Camptown) is where it’s all at, with a rank of gay-owned bars,  hotels, cafés, bookshops and saunas. There’s even a ‘Gay’s the Word’ walking  tour.

4. Amsterdam, The Netherlands

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Touted as the gay and lesbian capital of Europe, partisan estimates put the  proportion of gay and lesbian people in Amsterdam at 20% to 30%. Though the figures are probably  exaggerated, there’s no underestimating the number of venues for gays and  lesbians. There are more than 100 bars and nightclubs, gay hotels, bookshops,  sport clubs, choirs and support services. Amsterdam hosts the only water-borne  gay-pride parade in the world, held on the canals on the first Saturday in  August. Even bigger is Koninginnedag (Queen’s Day) on 30 April around  the Homomonument – dedicated to those who were persecuted by the Nazis for their  sexual preferences.

5. Berlin, Germany

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Berlin’s legendary liberalism has spawned one of the world’s  biggest gay and lesbian scenes. Openly gay mayor Klaus Wowereit outed himself  with the now-popular words: ‘I’m gay, and that’s a good thing’. As befits  Berlin’s decentralised nature, the city has no dedicated gay ghetto although it  contains a number of established scenes. Huge crowds turn out in early June for Schwul-Lesbisches Strassenfest (Gay-Lesbian Street Fair), which is  basically a warm-up for Christopher Street Day later that month.

6. Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

Do as the Love Boat used to, and dock in the world famous resort town of Puerto  Vallarta. The gay scene here is pumping, with accommodations, tours, cruises  and a variety of venues all catering to the gay market. Meet amigos in town  (with cobblestone streets and red-roofed adobe-style buildings) at one of the  many martini bars, strip clubs or drag shows. And strut or sloth on one of the  glorious white-sand beaches.

7. New York City, USA

New  York’s Chelsea and Greenwich Village are synonymous with gay life,  possessing a thriving out-there scene. A number of quieter clubs and bars  continue to flourish further uptown in Chelsea as well. Every scene, from art to  fashion, is hot in New York – and the gay scene is no exception, with great  galleries, bars and clubs. June sees the obligatory Gay Pride parade attracting  revellers from around the world.

8. Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

During Carnaval (February or March), thousands of expatriate Brazilian and  gringo gays fly in to take part in the fun, with transvestites stealing the show  at most balls. Outside Carnaval the gay scene is active, though less visible  than in cities such as San Francisco and Sydney. The gay capital of Latin  America is a mostly integrated scene, with the Entertainment sections of local  newspapers and magazines branding establishments ‘GLS’: Gays, Lesbians and  Sympathisers.

9. Prague, Czech Republic

The beguiling bohemian city of Prague inspired Kafka to warn visitors: ‘this little mother  has claws’. Its maze of medieval lanes keeps a bevy of bars catering to all  fancies: from leather through to rent boy. The cradle of Czech culture, Prague  also stages a gay and lesbian film festival annually in November. Despite the  city’s wholesale acceptance of same-sex partnerships, there’s a segregated gay  scene, and public displays of affection are generally ill advised.

10. Bangkok, Thailand

There’s no ‘gay movement’ as such in Bangkok, as there’s no antigay establishment to move  against. Thai culture is generally accepting of male and female homosexuality;  however, public displays of affection per se are mostly frowned upon.  The fairly prominent scene centres on the proliferation of bars, often enlivened  by high camp cabaret.

Lonely Planet guides are also gay-friendly, containing information on the  gay and lesbian establishments you can visit on your trips. Buy our guides here.

Read more: http://www.lonelyplanet.com/usa/san-francisco/travel-tips-and-articles/76124#ixzz1ov5k1ygp

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