Community Matters - HIV Testing - Cat Trapping

Monica Pierre and her guests discuss numerous topics: information on National Transgender HIV Testing Day; LSPCA volunteers discuss their efforts to help trap stray and feral cats.


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Good Sunday we will continue to show you so much for joining us today and the host Monica year. Coming on the HIV aids are. Can't believe. We'll have information on national trends gender HIV testing day and continued focus on HIV prevention. And treatment efforts among transgender people who lives. It is they just beat them and they don't see them they need out war to end. And we'll find out what Louisiana is DC volunteers are doing to track straight and federal pac. National transgender HIV testing day is this Tuesday. The observance is designed to recognize the importance of routine HIV testing and also raise awareness heated talk about it art. Of the talk joined by doctor mark Allen dairy and he's an HIV expert as well as. Jada Kordell and the executive director of transitions. Louisiana. Welcome to both of years. Thank you thank him the stuff review abducted area it's coming up on to say what is this day really all about. Well as we always try to do is raise awareness. For all things HIV and gaining routine HIV testing is something that. Any individual. Over eighteen years older even those that are you know of the younger than eighteen. I see get on a regular basis when they get seated position is we need to get a blood pressure checked you're going you're getting your ledgers checked. A routine HIV or an annually HIV testing is is often times. Have recognized in and and recommended and so this particular days that they just kind of highlighting the awareness in the transgender community especially. HIV. And and also acknowledging that HIV rates are higher in the transgender community and to this day on April 18 his is the national day to recognize that highlighted. As well as and kind of do something like what we're doing now is kind of talking about it in raising awareness. And you mention a particular population that being a transgender women and you know in addition sometimes we hear about African American men and women also being a high risk group. Do we know what's going on with this population why there are also higher risk. Well I know it's I've I will be until the very pretty jail no it is great here we are right out the statistics aren't. I doesn't really include transgender women there. I nationally there lumped into the we are locked into the MSM population. Which is meant having sex with men. And of course you can't really count trains and when and if you're talking about in canyon. So. The statistics are little blurred from home but the reason that. That we know that it ties because as they have classified us as men having sex with men that is the highest risk group. As well and we mentioned that you are the executive director transitions Louisiana tell us about your organization while transit since Louisiana is a space. Ryan and let the guy. I tried and true by transgender women of color and it is of a space where we help each other transition. You know holding hands is trying to. Help them through the process. Transition because. It's not just physical it is a process that involves all aspects of life. And acceptance and we encourage. Self. They're going to by doctor mark Allen Berry also about you golf we've mentioned that you recommend that people get tested whether you're heterosexual I'm not. Album tell us of that message in of people beginning to understand that this is something we should all do want this what about routine well. It is certainly appearing during your show this is my second time now and talking about the institute general communities and incredibly important process. Because we're helping to and I am using air quote turning on normalize. HIV because right now it has been says statement ties of the last thirty plus years. And the reasons since the advertised as blank all infectious diseases to see those things can. Happen rapidly and oftentimes. In now we understand the science behind HIV but certainly the time. In the early eighties when he came out it it happened so dramatically with such drastic consequences. That there is a fair amount of fear and stigma that surrounds it. So having these conversations it helps us to normalize it Jake is really what it is now as a chronic. Disease it's it's it's it's a chronic sexually transmitted infection is really the best way to think about it. So it is the same way you would consider hypertension and diabetes. But the important thing is it in inside of Louise in Louisiana and particularly batteries in New Orleans and particularly influence. That the rest of the country. One in 188 people or so who have HIV. Are unaware that they have HIV but in New Orleans that number's more like one in four to one in five. So anywhere between twenty to 25% of people who are living with HIV. Don't know they have HIV and it's that population in particular that we need to identify you're aggressive HIV testing. Because there's individuals one are at risk for transmitting. Virus on to other individuals into. We note that once people start medications we have excellent medications for HIV. That they get better fares and they they're they are on the road to how much more rapidly and data you were shaking your head. When doctor Jerry was talking about that that there are some ties people in the community don't realize that they have the infection sadly that that the population. That is spreading the HIV because those who are aware. They have HIV and our medication. Usually suppress the virus and it's as they called. I don't thankful. And undetectable. Equals on transmissible. At this point in time to science and medicine the partners study has identified act I think it was thirteen. Thousand. Partners. And people and it was zero. China and in addition. So essentially JD human fights is quickly go ahead jumpin so essentially they've been several studies one in particular. In which they look at couples. If that were what we refer to a series to score and where oh where these were section monogamous couples. We're 11. Couple was positive one person was positive in the other one was negative. And with they did use me and they separated these groups in the gave medications to what they can never do this study ever again by the way. This day was instant like seven or eight years ago when at that point we were unaware were aware now discs that he can never be replicated. But they gave medications to one group of people those that were positive in the couple's. And they didn't give medications to the other group of couples right and what they found was that that that group of couples. In which the partners for HIV positive. They transmitted virus to there intimate partners. Where is the couples that actually got HIV medications and just those that were HIV positive in that coupling. They did not transmitted virus that all and so with Jamison was undetectable is on. Lenses United States is an on transmissible. Who refer to these you equals C news that would be your viral load is undetectable. You don't transmit the virus to your intimate partner we also referred to this this treatment has prevention. So not only are we treating the individual but from a public health perspective. Were also preventing transmission of virus two intimate partners. And did you finding what are the conversations are sometimes not even want to face certain truths about what's going on that's happening in the transgender especially communities of color. Around this issue well the stigma has is definitely one of the biggest thing says. Martin said on stigma is. Deterred so many people from getting tested because. The big conversation on aids and aids is is one of the most scary things I've ever experienced in life. I just the workers. Just the word when I was a kid he latching on TV. Of the big scare was aids and first it was. Game Nancy's sound that was it was called greed game created a irradiated. And text and that that. In itself was just seems like. A way to scare people I. All of it was not into action but sometimes not immune to facing the reality of what's going out of course who wants to be. The faith of a new disease so one of the things that that I try to push is. That can be a normal person I mean treatment is. Definitely prevention but one other thing that. The treatment works. I am I'm on a campaign with the CDC. That HIV treatment works and you can actually live well. I myself have been HIV positive now for over twenty years and and help usable. When you're pretty healthy and it is a radio usually they say is that I he's a big idea to take our word for it. Talk a little bit about you're the medication because of part of an early almost like you to take at least this cocktail on some stuff that people had a hard time swallowing the pupils so how have we shifted to where it's also man. Table for people so I went to medical school on the early ninety's and I remember. Our. Our clinical pharmacists who was very very motivated by HIV and and east you really focusing on each idea in our class. And C east to bring individuals from the effective community lottery basis. And they were laying out jars of medications piles of pills. Begins early ninety's easy he was just getting started to be used as a mainstay of therapy. And now even the doses that we can you tell you he's much retired news is that we're very very toxic. And we're now down to one pill once in a day that's almost twenty years later. Where for most individuals that are agent that people who are living with HIV. Were able to train these individuals with one pill once a day in some cases maybe to post today. With very very little in the form of adverse effects. Very little on the form of any GI distress which is typically something that you see with HIV medications. And also more importantly as individuals are aging. We're seeing very little in the form of interactions with other medications because people. But HIV are still going on to have other ages of chronic diseases that we seen in the US so as such as hypertension and diabetes or liver disease or. Kidney disease and illness you know we'll see too is that there was tremendous steady. They came out last year that shows that if each one year old started on HIV medications. At the study started in 2010 year estimate that if the twenty year old male or female. Which started on HIV medications in 2010. That the life expectancy for that male or female was the same as somebody who's not HIV positive. And so I've always said that that you know we'd never. I never had in a study I just kind of into it using my medical. Canon's intuition but now we actually have data. Of course it's mathematical modeling because we're not clear yet as Jane said Jane is is twenty years into her HIV. Prop site by I can just by you know engineers very well. Her life expectancy is the same as anybody who's doesn't have HIV. And that's really one of the big big green news that we have to speak about HIV today. I would like to act that. I can't say that my life expectancy may be better. Then a person without HIV because because because it I see doctor regularly. I get to address my issues and any hypertension. Or diabetes. My play until they have the stroke them so I finally address the issue of great I think tension and I see a doctor regularly. And. I can't even underscore the importance that pointed and and I have never even thought about that and you're actually right. That that that those individuals that are living with HIV see their positions on a regular basis. Whereas we and this is a conversation for another time our health care system is so fragmented. That it's sometimes very difficult for individuals to see physicians. And so which is absolutely correct for these individuals that are seeing their doctors 345 times a year they're more likely to pick up on the more nuanced or subtle. Issues that may come up in twenty years but at that point maybe you re too late. Dear Cardona joins us and data's the executive director of transitions Louisiana as well as a doctor mark Allen Gary. An HIV. Expert in you've done like you say for many many years a lot of research and also working with Darius. Folks about the issue and I'll never forget the first annual on the show. And you mentioned and advocated for nuns that nuns should even be tested. And I tell you that quote just lasted for weeks and weeks and weeks because people say why are you saying doctor Mike out. So there's the issue there was that I and I have nuns as patients are mostly general physicians. And I did a lot more internal medicine at the time. And I was that they gonna come in they had how is a company think that ended in in the French Quarter there's a great governor and a continent Covenant House but there isn't a lake a place for eleven yes he has he has I can't think of the name of the place the French Quarter were coming to see me. And I was testing them for HIV. Just so that I can make the point you know I test my parents seem now I I'll test anybody for HIV. Hope kind of normalize. The process for HIV testing. His team insurers to show the process that anybody can be tested for HIV when I said it would the nuns the nuns all giggled. And laughed because I just wanted to I asked them to do it's just so that I can go around telling people that I even test nuns for HIV that's how normalized should be. That happened. Afghan national transgender HIV testing day is this coming Tuesday and data get a final thought our final word will give it to you know crash. Go get tested I can't stress. Importance of knowing your status. Knowing your status is empowering actually even if you come up. With an eight positive results. Because once you find out you are we positive you can treat it and today with all the great medicine and science areas. You can live well treat. Meant works they keep both of being with both think you can you. Joined by eating him terror and is that the US and he has volunteered. He's a volunteer cat trapper. Need so glad to have in the show good morning it's great is money to Europe can't trapped for so is it is just what it sounds like right. I think. Your cat wrapper for at least in SP CA. There are lots of treatment Fareed Browning can strike its community. Of people fees. And if the ages 8 AM and eight fix them they need more. So what we did is we get. We trapped that's weakness humane traps traps did not Arctic. Tickets that went to act it's paid and basically just the door slams. We cover up that traps. With I sheet. And that comes and am. We Harlem into the Wii's in SP CA clinic. We get him spider Nader. And then the next day we return them to their caregivers. This is a valuable services at least in SP CA community clinic from it's. Because it from bits. More kids being no one knew about was thought that these particular cast of late will Farrell and did not belong to any one. Well heck that's. A lot of people's these are not like hats. And then ultimately at the names of all the cats. And how much they eat them yeah I have many many litters its particular look at his head. And then I got bottles outlined that so maybe technically they're not Japan but they're feeding cats. And that's a wonderful thing because cats for. Of plays a valuable service in the community. Because they eat roaches. They keep brats that way just the other day I have obviously it's. And just the other day after animals today. In my backyard. So one of the cabinet had gotten Hispanics so they didn't about a valuable service. We won't be able to feed cats but we also want them to get him Phoenix today. So this program is free. Obviously. We have a great right now. So if you have cats it need to be fixed you can contact that we see and as BCA. Now let me just image in some. Ways and SP CA gets them 50000. Phone calls a year. On this particular issue in general just everything. So sometimes it's hard to get through so what she can do you can DelHomme. There's a way you know the web side you can look up trap neuter release. Or return. And you'll see all sorts of information. The SBCI can line news trends. If you have a big colonies that needs to be addressed. Volunteers can come out. Just last week when brown mysterious street engines hilly. And we trip nineteen cats. On one block. So we really need the community to step up to the plate if you're feeding cats wonderful. But let's get him spider metered so you don't end up with fifty cats and cats in the wall and can have three litters a year. I'm due them. That's quite a bit and we're joined by cats trapper LA SP CA volunteer and need him but you're talking about. Cats trap neuter and return. You mention needed that after they are fixed. And returned. Then what happened to them though they easily assimilated back into the colony on the community or the homeowners life yeah yeah ugly you know we bring them back when Brit hype or. You know from the cats. Image of a looming majority of these kids have caretakers people looked bad food and water. Today. So I mean this situation. One street last week there were actually just one block there were three. Dieters. So obviously these people care about the cats. And that cats you know dipped about a valuable service. And so they asked intruded in new ones. The idea you know we can't get that coupled. Certainly survive the winner. Our houses are ready so that cats you know it's raining it's cold lake and hunker down under house race did. Where port city. So we you know I large relative popular ice. And of course they're right nose or got lots of Roche it's my hope. That gets you could trial that that they do pretty well we just need to control. The population. Any particular time of year that's especially. Troublesome right now it is kit NCs. And all of these cats. Are pregnant or that had livers. And shelters. Risky these are over run with kittens. So India and let's get these cats. Before they have babies before they get pregnant. And let's give them spayed or neutered and let's stop this problem. I mean weak indeed this working together as a community. A lot of I'll cities all over the country have embraced. Threatening to return. Because it is being cheaper. To get these cats spider neutered. Then ran ran get a mile up and kill him. And that's years ago this what they used to did in animal control would become I'll ask that go way out roundup cats. That have to use plaza mall because nobody's gonna I fail can act. And it you know I would it's a constant lots and lots man. Louisiana as PC day. Contracts with the city of new islands to provide animal control. In Jefferson perish. That there's the Jefferson as PCA which is the humane society and there's house of the Jefferson payers animals shelved. And I work together. Boats though Louisiana as PCA. And the Jefferson SPC day. Offer free or low cost. Spay neuter for dogs cats and Farrell's. So. It's helped the fix a fair role program it's Berea Jefferson payers. Free and Orleans payers Islam is is to grant money is players so you know we just encourage everybody. Don't just feed cats without fix them because you're gonna you gonna end up with a problem. And you don't really know what's going on I recall the story of my neighbor now we saw this little bitty black cat and you know we able fill it looked instantly we study taking care of him and then. We took them to the vet. That little cat was pregnant I would not have guessed that we pretty neat. It allows you don't know what you're looking at if you think all this is just the little baby can add in this and it acts can get pregnant sometimes four months old. Mom. You and just Asian peers it is sixty today 63 days. You know just if you do the math there he concede has cancer cabinet Putin's. Eyes. So you know if you fat can I mean now coming to rescue okay. But take it directly yes it. Get the shots. It can't spectators Gator harmed you know that your and that's what happened I think only one kittens survived of that to a became the you get interest it in all of this work indeed as a cat trapped far. Twenty years ago that rid of that animal liberation. Peter Singer. Which this was sort of galvanized animal rights movement match like. The Rachel Carson books silence spraying you know. For the environment made me. And just renting them at the piece of animals in. You know circuses. And factory farming of animals were of the business action re search. And just you know my whole life. I have an interest in it. And of course immediately got involved with and the Louisiana as piece here a previous piece it was armed history on those awhile back years and then had a song and everything. A so I was volunteered that Louisiana's species in the 1980s. And you know over the years is you know and Medicaid and now I'm semi retired. And so I have time to go at and track pants. And actually I just make so many wonderful people wonderful wonderful people that care about these animals. When it do its rightful land. Snuggle and it's great people to and there. But it's been a wonderful experience we have a wonderful team of volunteers. The PC day as groups of volunteers in saint Bernard parish. And they're very active group high bar. And trappers live all of this is the only try to concentrate in our neighborhood because that's more efficient. Lots trappers in Jefferson payers. Of course there's never enough trappers. That were Ollie is looking for volunteers. To learn that Tran up. In his city is pretty easy to use the trapped. But the cats. It's easy to set the trend. Now some cats are hard to trap. It is their tracks Andy. Bowl are they see advocates have been trapped or Smart. That's right there's there was that last house and a transit in central city. And they it was a 240 came. Two cats are really Smart. And we had been after this cat. For days and days and I lately I think. I'd like thank goodness and of course she's a female. Some cats are very difficult we have special us trance count dropped. Which are sort elect is if you can imagine a big box. With a rope. And so basically put it under the under the box. And your holding that wrote that kid goes under the box and pull it and you got okay. So there's a variety of different traps traps he's a cult true you can catch and I always tell people spend the money on a good trap. Because he's twenty dollar traps again asked. They're really not good trance streak and it straps. Are about seventy dollars each that they will laughs but you give us the web site are contact information of people are interested in getting you the volunteers yes. Though we'd just do. Little Wii's Siena as PC day. And you'll see. There's a page for community cats TN are the community can't coordinator at the Louisiana as PCI is Sarah Dottie. And she handles the coordination and teenagers trapped he can contact the main number for Louisiana's PC. Is 368. Liam Madden line. That direct number for Sarah. The community can add coordinator. Is 76. Two's. 3306. In the flip side is just Debbie Debbie via LA guys. As PC dud toward the need to thank you for being with us we really appreciate Anke Monica thank you so match. That is until four to date thinking so much for joining us until next. It's time to enjoy this Sunday and the rest of your week.