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Living With HIV / Re: Needing info fast please
« Last post by absopozilutely on Today at 05:26:31 AM »
init, what exactly are the side effects  you're getting from your meds? i remember you started with complera but then moved on to another combo. are the side effects mostly physical this time or is it affecting your mental condition as well?
Stuka, I know you being new to this, newer then myself, may be scared of side effects but really you'll be fine as well. And so will init when she starts her meds again, no judging, and don't let this thread scare you. Just always remember the small side effects you MIGHT get are far easier to handle then not taking meds.


Living With HIV / Re: Finally
« Last post by absopozilutely on Today at 05:22:27 AM »
Woohoo! Congrats! Lol I started off calling my Complera my Ninjas when I started meds. Now I call Stribild the same thing. Lol.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Confused and scared
« Last post by absopozilutely on Today at 05:20:38 AM »
24 years old here, I can relate to a lot, wish I had your excellent numbers when I started. You're in tip top shape. Have faith in yourself you'll be fine. You'll tell your family when you're ready, educate yourself to help when you tell them. Times really have changed. Remember you have the virus, don't let it control you, you control it.

Am I Infected? / Hiv oral
« Last post by EPson453 on Today at 05:10:10 AM »
5 months ago I gave oral sex to a man of unknown status and I swallowed. This was my first experience and as such I am very anxious about it. In the last few weeks I've developed some swelling under both my arms and a little bit in my groin which is really making me think that I have HIV, as I can't think what else it could be. What are the chances I've acquired the virus from this incident?
Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Rash treatment
« Last post by ivorydude on Today at 04:01:23 AM »
Hi all,

Im getting rash around my hands and thigh during my second week of treatment (1 day pill, tenovir-flamifudine-evafirenz)

Started out as red spots like allergic reaction but now kindda look like skin complexion (light gray spots)
My doctor told me it will go away in 10 days but yeah its already 10days (additional medication using Telfast HD)

The condition come and goes
When i went to gym earlier it came back pretty bad and was it triggered by physical activities?
any similar experience?
How to reduce the side effect?

Thank you
Am I Infected? / Re: Exposure Incident - Very scared indeed, pls help:
« Last post by callingit on Today at 03:18:31 AM »
Just re-read my last post along with my bi-hourly visit to this site!! and I thought it read with a tone i hadn't intended. Genuinely so grateful to all the advice and hand holding you guys take the time to do, its really meaningful for us. I also realise how difficult it must be as some of you guys are poz and we're worrying about being so like it'll be the immediate end of the world, potentially painful in the context of our respective statuses.

Just feeling alone, worried, stupid and uninformed and desperate to now do the right thing via being as informed as possible! Hope you can understand. Especially difficult in a country 1000s miles from home, with no friends, in a different language with different processes and approaches to this stuff! :(

PCR Test due back in 24 hrs.
Off Topic Forum / Re: Here comes Ebola....yikes!!!
« Last post by mecch on Today at 02:29:05 AM »
I watched a documentary that gives a revisionist history of the Rwandan Genocide. The complexity of this against the official story aside...  I was challenged to simply get the two protagonists fixed in my brain, Tutsi and Hutu. You'd think it would be simple, I mean it should be right?, but I had to repeat parts of the documentary a few times to wrap my head around who was who and the history of the animosity. 

So I dunno there is some general cultural interference going on in the brains of those outside Africa that people can't easily grasp the reality inside this huge and diverse continent.  Just easier to think "Africa" is one country, or at least there is the country "Africa" which is everything sub-saharan and black, and North Africa is all "arab".

In a similar way, Ive experienced American relatives being not too aware that Sweden and Switzerland aren't one and the same. And here in Switzerland there are many people who don't understand that Ireland isn't part of "England" meaning the UK.

Xenophobia is sadly pretty common in many cultures as is just simple ignorance about anything "foreign".
Off Topic Forum / Re: Scary Movies for the Spooky Season
« Last post by mecch on Today at 02:09:01 AM »
The Descent (2005) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0435625/

When I was a kid I watched the Exorcist on tv at night in a creaky old beach house where 2 people had killed themselves and a few others had just died their old person's death.  Also it had glass doors with gauzy curtains, not proper doors, between the rooms.  there were damp wrap around porches and cats would fuck and scream like fucking cats in the dark outside the screens. This wasn't a grand beach house mind you it was like a big creaking sagging old farmhouse.  If some adult had been aware I was going to watch that movie that evening, it would have been cruel child abuse but I did it to myself.  :o
Living With HIV / Re: Needing info fast please
« Last post by stuka on Today at 02:07:37 AM »
init, what exactly are the side effects  you're getting from your meds? i remember you started with complera but then moved on to another combo. are the side effects mostly physical this time or is it affecting your mental condition as well?
I Just Tested Poz / Re: too stressed
« Last post by tednlou2 on Today at 01:53:36 AM »
Welcome to the forums, although I am sorry you needed to join.  Being diagnosed with HIV is a huge blow, for most.  It can change how we view ourselves and our hopes and dreams. 

After I was diagnosed, I went through a good 8 months, where I felt really good.  I didn't worry much and I was more active than I had been in years.  I think it was my mind protecting me.  Around that 8 month mark, things changed.  I was feeling depressed and was full of anxiety.  I obsessed about the virus.  It was my first thought, when I woke.  And, I continued to think about it all day.  I had bad panic attacks.  That is when I found this site.  All those feelings probably lasted a good year or longer.

At some point, I realized I no longer thought of HIV, when I woke.  I wasn't thinking about it all day.  I saw a therapist.  I had been educating myself.  I took meds for my depression and anxiety.  Things were so much better.  Don't get me wrong, I still had many days, where I would worry I would get sick with this or that.  I would hear about someone's kidney or some other health issue, and I would think that will be my future, too.  I still have those days, when I ask how did I allow this to happen to me.  Or, I worry this ache may be cancer.  Or, I will become a burden to my partner, at a much earlier age.  I continue to try to keep those thoughts in check and not let them get too far out there.  It is something I still deal with.

I always had to remind myself that on forums like this or others, most people doing well or great aren't posting how great they are doing.  If members were posting about getting buff at the gym or doing lots of travel, I wouldn't recognize that as they were doing pretty good.  I focused on the posts, where members were having some difficulty.  I finally realized that people may not post, "I'm doing so great," but it was there in their posts about hiking, biking, traveling, doing remodeling work, doing charity work, etc.  I also had to remind myself not to project on myself, what some LTS members are going through.  Many took those old, toxic meds, which caused damage.  Many were surviving on a few t-cells, before newer meds came along.  Many had multiple cases of PCP-pneumonia and other opportunistic infections, which took a toll on their bodies.  Having said that, I don't want it to seem that every LTS member has a very poor quality of life.  In fact, there are many (even with those opportunistic infections and toxic meds), who are traveling, finding love, working, doing charity work, and living pretty darn good lives.  I often feel pretty lazy and unmotivated, compared to many of the LTS members. 

I am glad you feel like you got to know me, through reading my posts.  I know we all want to get to know you now.  I look forward to hearing more from you.  Keep in touch and talk things out.  Do you have at least one person you can count on and who knows your status?  If you are able, I would highly recommend seeing a therapist.  I know some HIV organizations have therapists, for those who cannot afford it.

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