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OK Lauren, reel it in, and put a lid on your own fears and anxieties.

The difficult part for my son is that he's an upper middle class white hetero teen.... I think he feels like there aren't any others like him in the same boat.

Sorry, but it really sounds to me like this is more your difficulty than his. Also, for just a moment, think how that sounds to us. You infer that we cannot be those things. Comes off insensitive, intended or not.

So I am trying to find him a counselor. He is somewhat resistant. But I know that he won't talk to me about it (oh, how much I wish that he has told me when it happened!)

If and when he feels he needs counseling, he needs to be the one to seek that out, not you. What difference would it have made if he told you at the time? Lauren, I have sons his age, and I'm speaking to you as a father. Let him be his own man now.

I can tell you from personal experience. Looking back on my own diagnosis, my single biggest regret was disclosing to family. They lost their composure, they got way out in front of me making decisions for me that I did not agree with. Maybe I am projecting my own experience into what I am reading in your posts, but I don't think so.

I truly believe you need to relax and slow down.
Living With HIV / Re: Should We Bareback?
« Last post by mecch on Today at 03:52:39 AM »
What Jeff said.
I thought it was blood born. I was taught it was blood born. After I got HIV and after I got undedectable I serosorted and barebacked with casual parters and got Hep C and I wasnt taking drugs nor were we fisting.  My HIV specialist in Geneva Switzerland confirmed its an STD now for certain groups.

I realise this is a tangent because this thread is about going bare with a partner one knows and trusts and doing all due deligence etc etc.

I mentioned it because even in this Forum there can be a blaisť acceptance of serosorting to bareback for casual sex and that ship may have sailed, sadly.
Hi Lauren. Everything will be okay. I tested positive upon turning 20 years old (I'm now 22) and thought my life would be over. But other than some elevated anxiety levels and taking 1 pill each day, my life has only improved. I'm more active than ever and have a better appreciation for life. Everything will turn out just fine.
You have a unique number assigned to you on your copay cards.  The amount typically resets at the beginning of the year.  (I take Stribild and recently called about getting reimbursed for 2013 and 2014 copays for my partner's mail order prescription.). The lady at the Gilead number told me it automatically resets January 1.

If you are really concerned, I'd call the number on the cards during business hours and ask for specifics.  You'll be fully informed and know exactly how your copay assistance works, straight from the horse's mouth. :)

Yes, he applied to 3 schools early admission... 2 acceptances and 1 hasn't yet responded.

I've tried to talk to him about the assault, but he keeps saying that it wasn't a big deal at the time. Of course, he probably thinks it's a much bigger deal now and I'm sure that he has all kinds of anger and regrets that he needs to talk about. So I am trying to find him a counselor. He is somewhat resistant. But I know that he won't talk to me about it (oh, how much I wish that he has told me when it happened!)

      ojo     Hi lauren, so sorry about the news...hugs your way, you two are going to be ok...from someone who is living for 20 years with HIV.....hugs      ojo

Off Topic Forum / Re: YouTube Links for the Day
« Last post by Almost2late on Yesterday at 10:41:53 PM »
This SNL skit had me rolling, its worth the punch line.. LMAO ;D

Living With HIV / Re: PCP
« Last post by Almost2late on Yesterday at 10:36:46 PM »
Hi Daniel, hope you have been feeling better these days.. Sending you greetings from Fort Lauderdale, Florida  8)

Off Topic Forum / Re: Feeding the homeless is against the law >:(
« Last post by Almost2late on Yesterday at 10:30:15 PM »
I just love this story . http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/12/24/homeless-man-100_n_6378022.html
I liked it too  :'( .. Its so fitting on this holiday.. thanks for sharing :)
Hi Lauren, sorry to hear about your sons diagnoses, its always hard when first diagnosed but I assure you it will get better.. On the bright side your son is young and caught it early enough to stop it from doing much damage to his immune system.. The meds nowadays are so good, people with hiv can live NORMAL lives.. The worst thing you can do is to play into the stigma, IMO there's much worst illnesses that can happen to people.. But I do understand your concern, your a mom and in your eyes he's always your baby no matter how old he is.. So please try and keep a positive attitude for his sake and your own.

Wishing you and your son the very best.. Merry Christmas :)
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