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Living With HIV / Re: another survivor's guilt thread
« Last post by AlanBama on Today at 03:14:02 PM »
This is why I pretty much only post in LTS these days.  I never have liked the "us" vs. "them" mentality of pre-1996 vs. post-1996, but you'd be a fool not to recognize it, because it most certainly does exist.

Wolfie, I feel for you buddy.  I know exactly what you mean...  have had a touch of melancholia myself lately.  I really do try not to look back too often, or too closely. I love and will NEVER forget the ones I have lost....but the whole thing was such a shitty deal for them, and why should we be blessed to carry on?   Right now, I am living on a "take each day as it comes" basis.

Much love, Alan

Am I Infected? / Re: Oral sex with female sex worker
« Last post by Synapse on Today at 03:05:20 PM »
Thanks for the reply.

I understand the minor risk,  but I'll only be calm at the 3 month mark.

I'm slightly more worried about other std's,  but that is outside the scope of this forum.

I'll try to keep people updated.

Let me tell you this.  I made my first major mistake in my life,  but it can only move forward. I feel deeply ashamed and angry at myself. Depression got me into this situation.  I'm a college student and boy is it stressing.

It doesn't matter the outcome, I've already learned a lot from this experience. 

I admire all of you fighters.
Living With HIV / Re: Flu shot .
« Last post by tednlou2 on Today at 02:51:08 PM »
A few Facebook friends posted this article, which says a Johns Hopkins scientist slams the flu vaccine, saying it is useless and causes so many side-effects.  I am sure this is being spread around, as I have seen it 3 times already.  I am sure many here have studies at hand to counter what he says. 

Pre-HAART Long-Term Survivors / Re: Just checking in
« Last post by AlanBama on Today at 02:46:25 PM »
thanks Michael.

Tomorrow is "D Day", so I should have something to report after that.

I Just Tested Poz / Re: too stressed
« Last post by absopozilutely on Today at 02:41:21 PM »
That would be an excellent idea for a new section. I think that's what they meant for the "Living with HIV" section, they should do another one of "doing great with HIV" where posts about living with HIV and doing stuff would go. That'd be cool!
Off Topic Forum / Re: Scary Movies for the Spooky Season
« Last post by bubba53 on Today at 02:19:08 PM »
Yep Exorcist still creeps me out ,
Good One !
Stranger things have happened,
I was living in Key West when the Keys succeeded from the union in April ,1982
They were serious too ! of course it never came into law to everyone's dismay
It is still celebrated every year.

Could actually be three states, if you also separate the
 Red Neck Riviera (pan Handle)  !!
Living With HIV / Re: Needing info fast please
« Last post by Jeff G on Today at 01:43:29 PM »
I have taken the time as others have to talk to Init and I am convinced she is stuck in a hard place right now and honestly cant seem to shake it off or make a move to make it better .

I am happy she is using the forum to talk about this part of her life and I commend her for her honesty and willingness to share it with us .
Off Topic Forum / Re: City of South Miami wants Florida split into 2 states
« Last post by zach on Today at 01:34:57 PM »
awesome! nothing in north florida but mickey mouse and rednecks

viva la conch!
Living With HIV / Re: Needing info fast please
« Last post by Joe K on Today at 01:34:37 PM »
Idk I come here to get answers and to try and help me because I won't talk to anyone who doesn't have hiv about this. it seems pointless to me . I really don't wana die I just don't know how to live with being poz.  I know some understand this

I'm not sure where to start with your last post.  Exactly what do you expect from us, when you refuse to consider any suggestions to get some help?  We have all been where you are and it can be a dark and frightening place.  We get that part and it takes time to adjust and it's harder for some folks than others, however, at some point, you must begin that adjustment.  A great place to start is to see a professional, who can help you sort through your emotions and thoughts and work with you to start adjusting to being poz.

You cannot ignore your infection and expect to live with HIV, because without the medication, you will most probably become very ill and you may very well die.  This is the reality of being poz.  Treatment today is the most advanced we ever had and if you have side effects, there are ways to treat those, so they do not have to affect your quality of life.  But if you refuse to medicate yourself, you are throwing all these options away.

You don't need us to tell you what you need to do, you need to convince yourself.  Nothing we say can motivate you to take your HIV meds, especially if you don't feel that your life is worth living.  Saying that you don't know how to live being poz is a pretty weak excuse.  The reason you don't know how, is that you are not making any effort to adjust.

I empathize with where you are in your life, however, I cannot fix your life for you, nor can anyone else.  There are resources that will help you to adjust to being poz and adjusting will be a lot of hard work.  That's simply the way it happens when anyone contracts a possibly life-threatening illness.  You have to make a decision on whether your life is worth fighting for and if so, you need to take a first step, any step.  When you are able to take that first step, the next one will be that much easier, but only if you are committed to learning how to live with being poz, instead of running away from yourself.

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