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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.
Forums Gatherings / Re: Official choice of place and time for AMG 2015
« Last post by Jeff G on Yesterday at 07:13:15 PM »
I will start checking rates then .
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Extremely Devastated
« Last post by zach on Yesterday at 07:10:07 PM »
I know I need to eat healthy and stuff but is there anyway that I can improve my CD4 count?

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.
Someone I Care About Has HIV / Re: Looking for some help/advice
« Last post by zach on Yesterday at 06:53:23 PM »
I'm sorry about their diagnosis, and can totally understand the fear you have right now.

I hope that I can reassure you, they are going to OK. It takes time, they'll need moral support, but it gets better.

With medical care, nothing about their quality of life will be compromised.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Extremely Devastated
« Last post by lazyriver on Yesterday at 06:44:51 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.
Living With HIV / Re: zachs treatment thread
« Last post by zach on Yesterday at 06:37:52 PM »
Stribild in hand! Waiting until Sunday for first dose, that'll give me a one week surplus going into the new med.

145lb, gained 15lb back since April, 15lb more and I'll be happy.

BP of an athlete again.

Chest cat scan scheduled in Feb, if that's clear, no more prophylaxis... he wants that out of caution so I went along.

Overall, power day, needed it.
Someone I Care About Has HIV / Re: How to cope?
« Last post by wolfter on Yesterday at 06:27:54 PM »
Been sitting here pondering your post and trying to arrive at an adequate respone.  When people are dealing with a host of health issues, it sometimes is necesary to accept the inevitable consquences. 

As far as the HIV factor, I'm assuming he came to grips with that aspect a long time ago so the other medical issues are probably more problematic for him. 

Watching a parent's demise if horrific.  I along with many others here have witnessed it.  Your pain and heartache is real and it's ok to be wondering what your role should be. 

Someone I Care About Has HIV / Looking for some help/advice
« Last post by kettl on Yesterday at 06:19:11 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.
Someone I Care About Has HIV / How to cope?
« Last post by loveable redhead on Yesterday at 06:12:24 PM »
I am new to this forum, some background on my situation, my father has been living with HIV for over twenty years, I found out by mistake when he was having open heart surgery, since that time my dad was able to open up with me about his condition.Over the last six months he has gone from bad to worse, he recently decided that he no longer wanted to fight.  How am I suppose to cope, while watching my father die?
Forums Gatherings / Re: Official choice of place and time for AMG 2015
« Last post by wolfter on Yesterday at 06:11:47 PM »
OH, I remember.  An authentic Vietnamese vegetarian restaurant.  I saw the bright sign from my room for days.  It wasn't meant for tourists as nobody spoke English and we had to simply point at our selections.  They didn't serve any beverages that I even recognized.

I was delivered some sort of wrap that was disgusting.  It tasted like slime so I opened it up and we witnessed raw shrimp that could probably have been brought back to life.  Obviously, I did not need to eat anything else that day.

OOOPS, we're getting so off track.   OH well, time to get excited.
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