It was interesting reading your story,you and I pretty much have the same story..
I lost exactly the same amount of weight and because I was working around the clock thats exactly why I also thought I was losing the weight..
I got a dry cough that a coworker was worried about but I just thought I was getting sick in a regular fashion..
I got bed ridden sick for around two weeks and anything I did to get well didn't work.. So I decided to go to the hospital..
When they did my vitals and ran some tests it turned out that I was also HIV positive and didn't know it..
And my CD4 was 19.. November and December was pretty much spent all in the hospital..
I am glad that you are still here .. I am sorry to hear about your friend Tonny..
I know I have a year under my belt but still feel so new to this whole thing..
I am scared,and depressed , and don't know what to expect from life..
It is nice to hear your words and know that i have the chance to be alive for many more years..
Thanks for posting and thanks for letting us know we are not alone..