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Fine man he is/was.
Heres an interesting article that shows another take on the history on HIV/AIDS in South Africa. Clinton and Big Pharma are the bad guys in this analysis:
The advice I'm going to give may not be suitable but here goes ... Would it be possible to have an intervention ? If he is out about his status or even if he is out to a select few maybe its time to really push the issue . You know the score and you know how quickly things can go downhill when people who need treatment refuse it, so yeah its just that important that you find a way to get through to him so that he can look all of you in the eye and make sense to the people who cares . If he has to say out loud that he is prepared to die to avoid a handful of pills it may not make as much sense to him as the dialog that's going on inside his head .This. Get other people involved, if possible.
Tell him that you believe he is killing himself and how that makes you feel. But mostly once the subject is brought up, you are there to listen and offer support. I guess the problem is he doesn't want to talk about what is down the road, with his actions. So you have to keep feeding facts back to him and insist he engage.
From this site:
When talking to a suicidal person
Be yourself. Let the person know you care, that he/she is not alone. The right words are often unimportant. If you are concerned, your voice and manner will show it.
Listen. Let the suicidal person unload despair, ventilate anger. No matter how negative the conversation seems, the fact that it exists is a positive sign.
Be sympathetic, non-judgmental, patient, calm, accepting. Your friend or family member is doing the right thing by talking about his/her feelings.
Offer hope. Reassure the person that help is available and that the suicidal feelings are temporary. Let the person know that his or her life is important to you.
If the person says things like, “I’m so depressed, I can’t go on,” ask the question: “Are you having thoughts of suicide?” You are not putting ideas in their head, you are showing that you are concerned, that you take them seriously, and that it’s OK for them to share their pain with you.
Argue with the suicidal person. Avoid saying things like: "You have so much to live for," "Your suicide will hurt your family," or “Look on the bright side.”
Act shocked, lecture on the value of life, or say that suicide is wrong.
Promise confidentiality. Refuse to be sworn to secrecy. A life is at stake and you may need to speak to a mental health professional in order to keep the suicidal person safe. If you promise to keep your discussions secret, you may have to break your word.
Offer ways to fix their problems, or give advice, or make them feel like they have to justify their suicidal feelings. It is not about how bad the problem is, but how badly it’s hurting your friend or loved one.
Blame yourself. You can’t “fix” someone’s depression. Your loved one’s happiness, or lack thereof, is not your responsibility.
« Last post by oksikoko on Today at 08:20:41 AM »
White males are only a light dusting these days here, or maybe they just don't show up because their infections are +20 years old by now.
Well, some of us came late to the party...
I get what they're saying in the article, obviously, but everyone is the face of HIV. Though the featured demographic shift is happening and while attention does need to be brought to the fact, do you think framing it this way allows (if not promotes) white, middle class Times readers to view HIV as "someone else's problem"?
Not something "we" need to worry about beyond a donation here and there.
Para a ser seguro de su estado negativo y por su paz mental, creo que es bueno a repitir la prueba. A 12 o 13 semanas los negativos son iguales, fiable y conclusivo.
« Last post by mecch on Today at 08:07:15 AM »
I don't have any suggestions or info about your job situation. Get the specialists to help you protect your rights and also to inform you so you know what is useful to worry about and what is a waste of energy. Of course you should be concerned, and knowledge is power.
Just sending some support for this time.
How are you feeling now?
I had a similarly violent seroconversion. Identified in seroconversion as well. Viral loads in he millions.
Even though you are on meds pronto its going to take awhile for you to feel fit and healthy. Since your job is extremely physical and calls for so much alertness, it seems appropriate that you have this time to rest. No matter what the motivations of you workplace are, the rest will do you good and its necessary anyway.
Drink a lot of water. Get some antihistamines and get an ID doc you can see and contact frequently because you will need to sort out a lot about your labs, your instant treatment and all the shit your body is going through. What might be related to the treatment start, what is related to the acute HIV, and what is just the extreme stress of it all.
I can promise you every week will be better. Recovery is longer than for a flu, as you know. (And a flu can be a week in bed, and then 2 more feeling like crap!).
« Last post by Jeff G on Today at 07:34:38 AM »
Something to bear in mind :
This is already being discussed here also .
« Last post by Grasshopper on Today at 07:31:03 AM »
Something to bear in mind :
"December 6, 2013
Dashing Hopes, HIV Rebounds in 2 Men Once Potentially Cured
Two HIV-positive men who each displayed no signs of the virus for extended periods off antiretrovirals (ARVs) following chemotherapy and stem cell transplants to treat their lymphoma have both experienced a viral rebound, The Boston Globe Reports. Researchers from Harvard Medical School and Brigham and Women’s Hospital announced not-yet fully analyzed results of the study of these men at the Sixth International Workshop on HIV Persistence, Reservoirs and Eradication Strategies."
« Last post by Jeff G on Today at 07:17:15 AM »
The advice I'm going to give may not be suitable but here goes ... Would it be possible to have an intervention ? If he is out about his status or even if he is out to a select few maybe its time to really push the issue . You know the score and you know how quickly things can go downhill when people who need treatment refuse it, so yeah its just that important that you find a way to get through to him so that he can look all of you in the eye and make sense to the people who cares . If he has to say out loud that he is prepared to die to avoid a handful of pills it may not make as much sense to him as the dialog that's going on inside his head .
Im sorry you are dealing with this . I have seen this before and when you cant get through to a person the situation doesn't end well .
« Last post by Jeff G on Today at 07:03:25 AM »
I like that story Ron . I seem to attract and keep eccentrics in my circle maybe because I'm abbynormal like the brain in young Frankenstein .
I had a ID doc once who could be handful but he was such a good doctor . I left him for a nicer doc once but soon came crawling back ( his words ) . Doctors don't usually talk ill of other doctors but some used to say my doc had no soul because he treated the infectious disease with more respect than the patient . In the end he became almost fond of me I think because he smiled once .
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