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I Just Tested Poz / Re: doctor visit
« Last post by notover28 on Yesterday at 08:47:41 PM »
And tonny2 lol
I Just Tested Poz / Re: doctor visit
« Last post by notover28 on Yesterday at 08:46:20 PM »
Thanks for the info and pep talk i appreciate it Nyman and lifejourney
Someone I Care About Has HIV / Re: Looking for some help/advice
« Last post by kettl on Yesterday at 08:32:56 PM »
Thank you so much for more insight on what I am struggling with. I hope others will find this helpful too. I wish you all the best in your journeys. -Lauren
Forums Gatherings / Re: Official choice of place and time for AMG 2015
« Last post by anniebc on Yesterday at 08:31:49 PM »
I will start checking rates then .

Someone I Care About Has HIV / Re: Looking for some help/advice
« Last post by Tonny2 on Yesterday at 08:26:33 PM »
I recently found out that someone extremely close to me tested positive for HIV. He and the family had a counselor, however due to studying abroad I wasn't able to go through this with them. I feel helpless and lonely. I cannot sleep at night, waking up in panic attacks because I am scared of the worst that could happen to him and the effects it will have on the whole family. I guess I am just looking for resources, or anyone to talk to who has been/are going through this or similar situations. Please anything will be of help. Thanks.

      ojo       Hi Ketti...I think you can help this loveone, by getting yourself informed about the virus, there are some lesson in here, this site...your love one will be fine, maybe she/he may want to join us, it will make him/her feel better but, more importantly, he/she, will learn a lot and maybe even want to share his/her story...best of luck....hugs      ojo
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Extremely Devastated
« Last post by Tonny2 on Yesterday at 08:17:28 PM »
Good day everyone. So here is what happened, I visited the nearest treatment hub yesterday and spent the entire day with all the testings, consultations and such. I was able to meet new friends and even shared to them my story, I felt their compassion and sincerity, and its really diffrent when u have birds from the same flock.

Now, I am quite disappointed with my CD4 count, its low that I am already a candidate for medication. With my built, I was confident that it would fall somewhre the 500 line but it counted to 270. However I will need to start medication once I have the result of my xray and syphilis test, which shall be due next week.

I need your advise here- After the consultation, I had to catch I flight bound to my hometown which I seek approval from my doctor. I asked him if its ok to come back by end February since I need some time off to really digest all what is happening to me. some sort of a vacation with my family. The doctor said its ok but I really need to go back to Manila to start medication.

My question is- for the duration of 1month, without starting medications yet, what can I do to improve my situation? I know I need to eat healthy and stuff but is there anyway that I can improve my CD4 count? I have a feeling that it really sloped down due to the stress of breaking up and pollution in Manila.

Will appreciate your feedbacks..

Hugs to everyone on my darkest hour..

Thanks guys.

     ojo    Hi lazyriver...yes, you will be fine flying, no lung problems, and Zack is right, I will not make any difference if you start treatment in one month, maybe even your cd4 will be higer, or lower, but you will be fine until then...only the meds will take care of your viral load before your soldiers (cd4) start incresing...if I may, just wsdh your hands, watch what you eat and where you eat...buying food from street vendors it is a no, no for you right now, also, have you gotten vaccinations, flu, pneumonia....I wish you the best and good luck in Manila...hugs         ojo
Someone I Care About Has HIV / Re: Looking for some help/advice
« Last post by AlreadyTired on Yesterday at 08:12:04 PM »
I would say "constant contact" via emails, voicemails and lots of listening if you talk. This isn't about problem solving so much as it is a lifeline to hope. I was diagnosed in October and I brought only one person onto "my team" besides medical, other hivvers and my case worker. That one person was a dear friend and she lives 700 miles away. We chatted by text online every day until I joined the 21st century and began Skyping with her. Then I visibly cried and cried and cried. She actually flew to be with me and led me in guided breathing and relaxation. Wow, I can't believe the support from my dearest friend. I would say just try to be there and educate yourself on the importance of taking meds plus any other medical care so you can affirm these things. I believe peace will come to both of you. It's slowly coming my way.
Living With HIV / Re: OFFER:Truvada,Norvir,Prezista,Isentress available
« Last post by zach on Yesterday at 07:57:29 PM »

1 week of each of Truvada, Norvir, Prezista remains
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Extremely Devastated
« Last post by lazyriver on Yesterday at 07:39:47 PM »
No... not even the meds do that. Only time. The meds will suppress your viral load, once that is under control your body will do the rest. Be patient, give it time, and your CD4 will rise.

Give it that time.

Thanks Zach, but is it ok if I begin my medication next month? Shall I deteriorate for 1 month? What will happen?

AS what I mentioned, I havent started medication yet as the doctor is awaiting X-ray result and syphillis test. HE mentioned, he needs to have the result first before he can decide which medications to take. I also told him I will be flying back home and will be staying there for a month before coming back to start the medication.

Thanks, Zach
Living With HIV / Re: nervous as heck
« Last post by initforlife on Yesterday at 07:24:30 PM »
Thanks guys. I glad I didn't either. Carl is a sweetheart for sure. and Bob was very nice also. Kind of makes me sad I'm moving away now. but least I know I have met some life long friends ...and Carl I felt the same way. it was like we have known each other a long time. anyway I will be looking forward to meeting the rest of you in Memphis.
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