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Insurance, Benefits Programs & HIV / Re: Applied for SSD
« Last post by thomasgrn on Today at 06:45:18 PM »
Thanks DD. I really don't expect to be approved.
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Insurance, Benefits Programs & HIV / Re: Applied for SSD
« Last post by DodgerDawg on Today at 05:43:50 PM »
Unless you're diagnosed  "End Stage Renal Disease", and on Dialysis, with six months or less to live, you're most likely going to be denied. Have you entered into Hospice yet?

Be prepared for a 3 - 5 year battle.

Good luck,

DD
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Am I Infected? / Re: Help Interpreting Test Results
« Last post by Andy Velez on Today at 05:27:29 PM »
As the nurse has already indicated to you, your key result was a negative result.

When was the test done in relation to the risk and what specifically was the nature of your risk are more important questions.
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Am I Infected? / Help Interpreting Test Results
« Last post by ChickenWooHoo on Today at 05:01:48 PM »
I'm a bit confused about these results from my provider's patient portal, and any help I can get interpereting would be immensely appreciated.

HIV TYPE 1 AND 2 ANTIBODY TESTING:

HIV 1/2 Ab Semi-Quantitative       0.08

HIV 1/2 Ab   Negative   

What is the .08? Google not super helpful.

Thanks in advance.

Edit- got a message from the nurse that the HIV test is negative. However, the Semi-Quantitative number really scared the crap out of me and I'm still not sure what it means.

I will certainly update this thread when I find out more, however, any feedback is still appreciated.
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Forums Gatherings / AMG Memorial Service
« Last post by Lou-ah-vull on Today at 05:00:47 PM »
We will have our annual AMG Memorial Service on Saturday morning at 11 am Central Daylight Time in the Delta Room on the 14th floor of our host hotel, Holiday Inn Downtown Memphis on Union Street.

Since the great majority of you cannot join in person, I invite you to join in spirit during that hour.  We will read aloud the names of all our beloved faithful departed that have been gathered from this forum that past few months.  We will share some tears and I hope some laughter as we navigate the great mystery of life and death.

I will be sharing, as it has been my privilege for many years, my reflection on this great life mystery that touches each of us.  I hope to have some healing thoughts about how our visceral grief very slowly transforms into sacred memory.  Our capacity to remember is what is uniquely a human capacity. 

Tomorrow, we remember.  Please join us in person or in spirit.

Gary

P.S.  This is our "serious" time in Memphis.  I promise we are spending the rest of it having fun, making friends, and experiencing the joy of living.  Later, pics will surely follow as well as our hope that others will join us next year wherever we wind up.
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Insurance, Benefits Programs & HIV / Re: Applied for SSD
« Last post by thomasgrn on Today at 04:18:09 PM »
forgot to mention, my Dr filled out some form and he made it seem like I am on my death bed. He is really good and supports me one hundred percent.

Regards

Tom
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Living With HIV / Re: That Sex Question
« Last post by MLSRiley on Today at 04:13:34 PM »
"As far as PrEP goes, rectal tissue takes on Truvada better than vaginal, so for a negative partner on PrEP with a vagina adherance is much more important."

But I'm a trans guy, with a vagina, already poz, and already taking Truvada. Does that mean it won't work as well on my vaginal tissue, as say, some other kind of med? I mean, within 2 weeks of my diagnosis and starting meds, I was already undetectable, so it's apparently doing *something* right.
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Insurance, Benefits Programs & HIV / Applied for SSD
« Last post by thomasgrn on Today at 03:41:00 PM »
Thanks for reading this post
Last week I was forced to apply for SSD due to wasting syndrome and kidney failure. Did not want to have to do this, but there simply is nothing I could do about it. On the application I did check that this will result in death. I am now hearing there is a very good chance that I will be denied benefits even after paying into the system for about 24 years. My numbers are good though.

any thoughts. THANX

Regards
TG
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Estoy infectado? / Re: Inmensamente preocupado, por favor leelo.
« Last post by Andy Velez on Today at 02:56:31 PM »
El VIH es un virus muy fragil. No puede transmitirlo en una moda viable como estas preocupando en esta situacion nueva. Sin riesgo.

Termina buscando por problemas y riesgos que no tienen un baso en la ciencia del VIH.
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