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I just recently got diagnosed so maybe it wasn't much a of a challenge compared to other member.

In terms of relationship, I can handle being alone well. Ever since I broke up 2yrs ago, I already accepted my fate as forever alone guy. So not being in a relationship is not an issue for me. Although it can be lonely at times, but I'm such a hermit (I don't even own any FB or social media OR dating site/apps lol) living my own unsocial life. If someone took an interest on me, I can just said that I'm poz and we'll see from there (recently I met someone and we had a crush on each other and when I told him, he suddenly had to move out of town so yea lol).

I won't tell my parent. Ever. I never told them about my illness before since I knew my parent had to struggle with their own illnesses. My mom passed away last year to complication and I don't know about my dad but it's best for him to not know about my condition.

In terms of coping up with my status, I think I'm coping up well. My family (including me) had always subjected to illnesses. Me taking a 2x1 medication everyday is nothing compared to what my mom has been through with taking like 3 or 5 x3 for 5 years. I'll live and be grateful for today's medical advances.

Now. My biggest challenge is my resistance of drugs. My body resist most of the drugs known to human. I develop severe allergic to penicillin, ibuprofen, or any NSAIDs. I even develop allergic reaction to any generic pills sold. I will see my doctor this Friday noon because suddenly I develop allergy to my arv regimen (after taking the new truvada regimen). This is a challenge before whenever I got unusual illnesses (that's why I got to the critical point because the doctor can only treat me with therapy and not medication as I will develop allergy to them) but this... I need this med. Hopefully the doctor has something to counter my condition.

Another challenge is my dream life. I'm relatively young (28 y.o) aiming to be a full professor while living my academic tenure now. I planned on getting a scholarship for my PhD abroad but this... this changed my life so much I don't know what to do now. Sigh...
Heading a center of research, everyone just seemed to push me to go for the scholarship application but I somehow doubt that they would take someone poz. As for my co-worker, well, I just said some shit about me having la-di-da illnesses and they will believe that (like I said, I have a record of having many unusual illnesses and some even reach critical condition so they will believe anything I said). I know they will chop my career when they found out I'm poz so yea. That's why I can't even think on applying scholarship right now because they will need me to be truthful of my status and then everyone will know that I'm poz. Not to mention how to cope up living with HIV abroad, the cost of medication, insurance, etc.

But eh, that's for me to handle. I know I can handle anything well so I believe I'll have some alternative route to this dream life I planned on living AFTER I successfully deal with this allergy I have lol
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I Just Tested Poz / Re: It feels like I hit the end of the road
« Last post by Tonny2 on Yesterday at 08:36:57 PM »
Thanks! Oh and it's Alternis, Tonny, lol. Just call me Alt. Well... see, my doctor told me this:

Take the doxycycline when you are full and take the ARV when your stomach is empty.

So naturally, I just eat, like, half an hour before I take my Doxy and then wait for 2hrs before I take my ARV.

and as I predicted, my ex blamed me for taking the test. He's angry that I took it and said that our life will be continuing normally if only I don't know that I'm poz. I said that it is better to know now rather than later but he's refusing to hear it and he refused to be checked. I'm trying to reach him by saying that this is just like getting diagnosed with diabetes, you live normally but you take caution doing some things and start taking medication every day but still, he said he'd rather be diabetic than poz so there. Oh well, to each his own.

Haha, I'm from one of the so called third world country ^^
They don't educate us much about this rather than HIV is a greatest sin and we have to shun people with sin etc etc. People are still in the dark about HIV and any attempt to educate people by the NGO are viewed as a transgression (by conforming to sin) so yea... shrug...

           ojo        Hi Alt, sorry for the name, I'm legally blind, please excuse me....I'm sorry to hear about your ex, I guess you have enough to deal with your own dx, it's all you can do, let him know about your status, so he can be checked.

I'm from another third world country, although, now, I live in the first world, lol....too bad that your people, in your country, still have to live with this ignorance about an illness that affects the whole world, but, it is what it is, now, the important thing is that you are being treated...about your rash, your meds might be the cause  of it, it will go away, your doctor might give you an anthiestaminic....wishing you the best, keep us posted and hugs on your way, wherever that is                                                                                                ojo
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Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Re: Vivid dreams
« Last post by zach on Yesterday at 07:28:23 PM »
+/- 4 hours is fine for most modern HIV meds... you would have been specifically counseled otherwise for the meds that are less forgiving in that regard. 500 calories is a full meal, not required but certainly not a problem either. a small snack is sufficient.

basically, the take away there, and what you need to be reading between the lines for both the dose timing and food intake... don't sweat the small stuff, relax. just go about life as usual, take your meds at 7pm after dinner, then go back to doing your usual stuff

you've been on meds less than two months now? unless those dreams (or any other side effect) are debilitating... my advice would be to give it some time, like until your next regularly scheduled doctors appointment, then discuss with them so they have a more complete profile of you.

with atripla, the bad actor with vivid dreams is sustiva, and the advice for food intake was NOT to eat fatty meats, they seemed to make the dreams worse... but that's a different drug, not applicable to your situation

really think what you're experiencing will be passing

prolife tip... keep a journal of talking points to take to your doctor's appointments; side effects, questions, diet, etc... i used my treatment thread here, then would just go back through and review what i'd posted prior to an appt, and pull out the ones i still wanted a doctor's answer on
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The Harvard researchers report a scenario seemingly out of science fiction. A virus, fungus or bacterium gets into the brain, passing through a membrane — the blood-brain barrier — that becomes leaky as people age.

Dr. David Holtzman, a professor and the chairman of neurology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, was also intrigued. “It is obviously outside the box,” he said. “It really is an innovative and novel study.”

Innovative and novel as studies concerning John Cunningham virus and Progressive multifocal leukoencephalopathy in late '60s....
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I Just Tested Poz / Re: Just tested positive!
« Last post by zach on Yesterday at 07:09:00 PM »
if i'm understanding this, you're not on ARV meds, or PEP meds? and you're still waiting for a western blot confirmation of a reactive rapid test, correct?

vivid dreams are a side effect of a few specific meds, they are not a "symptom" of HIV

just be patient for your final result, get back to us when you know more



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I Just Tested Poz / Re: It feels like I hit the end of the road
« Last post by Alternis on Yesterday at 07:07:45 PM »
Good glad to hear that you have the appointment scheduled and do make sure to mention the problems you have faced with taking the meds. Speak to your Doctor. The only thing i would say if it is the Doxycycline  you will only be taking it for a limited time,  but like i said do report the side effects to you Doctor and see what they say.

But for today just focus on taking you meds and getting well again.

Take it easy.

Jim

Yes, thanks Jim. I've returned from my appointment and they changed my regimen from 1x1 TDF/3TC/EFV to 2x1 Truvada (I guess? I forgot the name. Oh well). But, I will immediately see my doctor (maybe Friday noon) because after taking them my body started to develop burning red patches of rash everywhere and my face is red and swollen. My eyes seems like they got irritated and sometimes they secrete something (just like a gunk in the morning). I'm afraid that I got an allergic reaction to this regimen.

At first I thought this was caused by what I ate the night before it happened but after 2 days and the symptoms persist, I kinda suspect that my new regimen is the cause behind this outbreak.

This is why I said that it feels like I'm treading on a very thin line on my first post because I knew that I'm such a man of antiquity (my doctor once said this to me. No, not the HIV doctor) my body resist every medication known to man. Oh well... hopefully they can counter this allergic reaction because I don't want to live with red swollen face and rashes in my body every day.
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I Just Tested Poz / Re: It feels like I hit the end of the road
« Last post by Alternis on Yesterday at 06:52:54 PM »

           ojo         Hello and welcome Artemis...are you taking your antibiotic with food?, this is a heavy med for an empty stomach...stay away from the sun rays, you will get burn easily...like JimDublin mentioned, let your doctor know what you are going through...just keep fighting, you will get better...proud of you for letting your es know about your status, he deserves to get himself checked...best of luck...hugs          ojo

PS I wonder where you are from, for what you mentioned about you being scared of giving it to your best friend                                                 

Thanks! Oh and it's Alternis, Tonny, lol. Just call me Alt. Well... see, my doctor told me this:

Take the doxycycline when you are full and take the ARV when your stomach is empty.

So naturally, I just eat, like, half an hour before I take my Doxy and then wait for 2hrs before I take my ARV.

and as I predicted, my ex blamed me for taking the test. He's angry that I took it and said that our life will be continuing normally if only I don't know that I'm poz. I said that it is better to know now rather than later but he's refusing to hear it and he refused to be checked. I'm trying to reach him by saying that this is just like getting diagnosed with diabetes, you live normally but you take caution doing some things and start taking medication every day but still, he said he'd rather be diabetic than poz so there. Oh well, to each his own.

Haha, I'm from one of the so called third world country ^^
They don't educate us much about this rather than HIV is a greatest sin and we have to shun people with sin etc etc. People are still in the dark about HIV and any attempt to educate people by the NGO are viewed as a transgression (by conforming to sin) so yea... shrug...
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Off Topic Forum / Re: Does anyone here live in the SW Florida Area
« Last post by zach on Yesterday at 06:51:29 PM »
i have family in punta gorda, i grew up and have lived off and on along the suncoast my whole life

down there less so now with some recent family developments, but i go to the dog beach north of you at englewood, and the drum circle there too

i'll probably come down for a week or so this summer and be up in that area
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I Just Tested Poz / Re: Just tested positive!
« Last post by ppoz_may2016 on Yesterday at 06:14:41 PM »
Thank you guys. This gives me hope as I wait for Western Blot results.

I have a question. As I mentioned in my earlier post that I have been having vivid dreams lately. I know that it is one of the side effects of some of the ARVs but I'm not sure why I am having these dreams since past one week. They are so vivid that I remember each and everything in detail. I have never had these unusual dreams before. Sometimes they are not scary, just odd.

Has anyone here experienced this?
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Am I Infected? / Re: Should I be Concerned?
« Last post by Roscoe89 on Yesterday at 06:12:29 PM »
Nothing you did was a risk for HIV but sure as I warned some sexual practices which may be described as ‘safe’ in terms of HIV transmission might still pose a risk for transmission of other STI's.

I don't know of any syphilis forum but I wish you good luck with the treatment.

Jim

Let me ask this question,

Would I be at risk for HIV if I recived oral sex from someone with Syphillis-HIV Co-Infection who had the Syphillis chancres(sores) in their mouth?

Or alternatively if I had protected intercourse with someone who had the chancres in their anus/Vagina?

Thank you again for your help as well as patience with my questions!
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