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Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Re: Genvoya help!!!!
« Last post by RickDallas on Today at 10:12:46 AM »
Hello Firefighter:
You should have no problem getting a Co-Pay Coupon Card from Gilead. Please use the link that Zach posted for more info. Normally, you can pick up a Co-Pay Coupon card from your healthcare provider, but if you call Gilead at the following number: 1-877-505-6986 you will be able to set up a co-pay assistance account. Once you have set up the account, you simply give your pharmacy the Gilead Co-Pay Card Account information and you are all set. Your co-pay should be completely covered by this program. However, you sometimes need to be diligent and make sure your pharmacy and your healthcare insurance provider are in sync. Confirm with your insurance company what your co-pay is on the Genvoya and then confirm with your pharmacy what they are billing your co-pay card. They should be equal. I switched from Atripla to Genvoya back in March 2016. I was on Atripla for many years. So far the Genvoya has been quite effective in keeping my viral load undetectable. I take my Genvoya in the evening after dinner; however, sometimes I take it with a very light snack when I get home if I have been out for the evening. After taking the Genvoya for 30 days, you should have a follow-up appointment with your healthcare provider with lab work to monitor your progress. Good luck.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Learning to Love Myself
« Last post by SFlSurvive on Today at 09:54:17 AM »
Good morning all. So i got my confirmatory test today and I am indeed positive. The nurse said I took it all too well! I went through so many emotions the last two weeks I dont think I can cry anymore. For some reason i feel a burden has been lifted because at least I know now and can take care of myself going forward. Now i am ready to take this head on and get my numbers an take care of myself. I am not going to tell my family rigt now because I want to learn more about it, get my own place and start working again so they dont have to worry. This is a new life for me. I have no insurance so this ASO that I found have been great with getting me started. I definitely want to seek therapy to help me get through all i have gone through in the past so I can be a better person. I really apreciate all of you on this site. I know there is promise for the future. I am 32 and ready to face the world!  God bless.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: There's a chance I'm infected. How do I stay calm?
« Last post by Wade on Today at 09:35:18 AM »
Hi JayJay
I can only repeat what the others have said.
Your numbers are not bad at all, treatment being what it is these days
you will go on to lead a long and happy and productive life.
Keep us all posted and Welcome ,

Best, Wade
I can only repeat what I have already told you no penetration= no risk .
Your doctor apparently agreed .
Continue to work with your therapist and doctor.

Best, Wade
Pre-HAART Long-Term Survivors / Re: Happy Harley - New Job
« Last post by Wade on Today at 08:31:11 AM »
Hey Harley,
Congratulations !
I hope this all works out for you, sounds like you've got it nailed.
I did manual wortk all my life , I know what it does to your body.
Glad you got back on the bus and hope your back is feeling better.
Wishing you the best with everything,


Diego, otra vez estas preocupando innecesario. El VIH es tan fragil a transmitirlo fiable desde esa moda.

Puede probar si desea a hacerlo, pero sera solamente por su paz mental.  Es seguro su resultado sera negativo.

Estoy infectado? / Re: Ayuda porfavor creo que me infecte vih
« Last post by Andy Velez on Today at 08:26:43 AM »
Por la ultima vez el VIH no es una problema por Vd.  Tiene que discutir sus sintomas con su doctor.  El VIH no es la causa.

Si vuelves otra vez sobre la misma situacion vas a ver su acceso aqui bloquado.

No tenia un riesgo por el VIH.
It has been about 2 weeks since the last possible exposure. I have been up and down, traveling, continuing to act normal but the stress is still there. I have been listening to a lot of Tedtalks and reading this book called Mind over Medicine by Lissa Rankin which has been helpful for my positivity and my healing process.

I went to the doctor today for a followup but the lab screwed up and forgot to do my HIV screening so I have to wait another week for those results. I had a 15-20 minute conversation with the doctor which helped my optimism. She also told me to stop worrying and that the past is the past and I cant change it. She told me to buy some over the counter melatonin to help my sleep which I did. I left to doctor's office feeling quite better and had a pretty good day. Exercised alittle, then went out and ate multiple meals within a short period of time. The one thing that makes me doubt that I have HIV is that I still have a hefty appetite and I might be eating more than before. By the time it was time for bed I was ready to move on. I had spent most of the day thinking about things other than my HIV fear and I was ready for some healing sleep. I took my melatonin at 10 and fell asleep at 11:30. I had a nice little dream and everything seemed to be going right but then I came out my slumber and back to reality. My heart beating fast and my body tensed up. I was unable to get back into a relaxation until around 5 AM and maybe I woke up at 7:00 AM now. Has anybody else had this problem?

It's as if everything is going right then, bang! I'm back to this fear response. I've never experienced these type of sleeping issues so I don't know how to react. I know that talking about symptoms and continuing to fester while waiting for the test are frowned upon on this forum. Does anyone have any suggestions for active forums where I can discuss these issues? I consider this a part of my healing process and I am trying to get down to the bottom of my stress. I have an appointment with my therapist in a few weeks but my parents are going to be there and I haven't yet gained a comfortable repor with my therapist or my parents on these sexual issues. I can bring it up to my friends but it's also so early in the story for me so I don't want to start any rumors about me having HIV. I also only have a few friends who would understand unconditionally so I'm not ready for that yet. I'll probably buy a couple xanax and get a good 6-7 hours of low quality sleep for the rest of the week. If anyone has any suggestions of active forums where I can socialize and post about my experience that would be greatly appreciated. I've also run out of free posts and questions on this website so I'm looking for somewhere to get this stress off my chest. Are there groups I can possibly search in my area for people going through this type of situation in the window period?

I'll check back to see if anyone replied but thanks for allowing me to use this website and I appreciate the opportunity to vent. I know I might seem like alittle bit OCD but I've really never felt my body react to anything like this. It's such a new, strange response and I hope that I can feel normal again.

Estoy infectado? / Re: estoy infectado y confianza en las pruebas
« Last post by Andy Velez on Today at 08:22:03 AM »
Probando a 3 meses es suficiente por un resultado fiable.

Bastante con "una pregunta mas."  Si vuelves otra vez vas a ver su acceso aqui bloquado por 28 dias o mas.

Adelante con su vida.
Pre-HAART Long-Term Survivors / Happy Harley - New Job
« Last post by harleymc on Today at 07:26:04 AM »
After several years out of work, I have finally managed my career change, that I've been striving for.

I used to do manual work for about 20 years and then the back got pretty awful. Silly me got all depressed from the constant pain and being out of work so I stopped my ART and got very ill.

I started back on ART at the end of 2011, did a couple of courses (and still studying a third one part time) at TAFE which is Australia's equivalent of community college. I volunteered for 15 months doing admin work and finally cracked the new job this Monday.

So now I'm a receptionist/Admin worker in an accountants' office. The boss is nice and it's a nice team. Full time work is going to be a bit of a shock to the system but I'm ready for it. Now to save and save for my eventual retirement.

I'm a happy Harley!

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