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Living With HIV / Re: Diagnosed 3 months ago
« Last post by AJ68 on Yesterday at 05:25:18 PM »
I do understand straight line cd4 progress is not the norm but thought that stagnation happens a bit later. Thats the sense i got reading through the forums.

It would have been nice if the counts had improved as my doc would have stooped bactrim
Anyhow..that will have to wait till the next boods i guess.
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Someone I Care About Has HIV / Re: Praise Report To this site.
« Last post by Ptrk3 on Yesterday at 05:02:28 PM »
You're very welcome.  I'm glad things are working out well for you and your son.  May you both continue to live in good health and peace of mind.
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Someone I Care About Has HIV / Praise Report To this site.
« Last post by Kmg1947 on Yesterday at 04:48:15 PM »
Hello to you all,
Members of the site, family, friends and loved ones. I hope that I have posted this comment in the correct section. I don't always post or log in as there are times I have a need to just learn and continuously educate myself about HIV as well as all the treatments, health, mental awareness, and medications that are out there. I have to start off by saying when I first joined this site I was a ball of anxiety, angry, worked up nerves, scared and concerned for my son who is hiv+, and the members here not only helped assist me with education, but also gave me some tough love, advice and concern that as a person who loves some one positive needed to hear. I just want to say thank you. I know we are all from different places and ethnic back round, but we all have one thing in common and that is "hiv". It is amazing how things come in full circle rather you personally know people or not. My son is doing so well because of comments from Mecca, Jeff and other members teaching me my place as well as what I can do to be more beneficial..(crying).. Thank you..so much.".YOU ALL" absolutely have no idea the empowerment you have giving me which allowed me to pass on to my son. He has began a new regimen the one a day pill and lives in Georgia now with a Dr he just really and truly likes and doing well. We talk once sometimes twice a week but over this past year I am just amazed how much he is loving life. I am so blessed that I was put in touch with this site. Life with my son's diagnosis has been nothing short of an adventure, but the peace I have within is incredible.
Please continue touching lives..Poz Forum......listening to a favorite tune and I dedicate to you all....You guys are awesome.....

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z3a3MA9nHGI.



Kmg1947
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In the UK its not a problem that much I know.



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I already have a mortgage, but when I applied for this (pre-diagnosis obviously) one, and the previous two I have never been asked anything about HIV status.

Is this just an Irish thing?

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Off Topic Forum / Re: long term surviving, WAD, and wedding bells
« Last post by intaglio on Yesterday at 03:52:02 PM »
Congratulations on your nuptials.

When you file your license with the recorder of deeds or whatever the office is in your area, ask them about receiving the paper copy back. Our license was a two-part document. The part they retained had to be kept on file for a year. They then digitized it and we could request the paper document back for our records.

Your family hosting a reception for the both of you sounds wonderful. Never pass up a chance to party.
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No voy a repetir mis palabras otra vez.  Vd. estas conjeturando sin un baso en la historia o la ciencia del VIH.  No hay mas que puedo decir except so no puedo terminar sus miedos, puede probar.  Pero sera solamente por su paz mental y yo estoy esperando solamente noticias buenas si desea a probar.
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Living With HIV / Re: Disclosure to Orthodontist
« Last post by intaglio on Yesterday at 03:15:19 PM »
If you have concerns your dentist is not trustworthy in some way, perhaps your reluctance is a "gut feeling" you should not ignore.

The surgeon might disclose your status to your dentist and orthodontist unless you specifically request it not be shared. I'm not saying the surgeon will go out of their way to say anything. Your HIV status may be noted in a box on a document sent from the surgeon to your dentist or orthodontist.

If you are in the US, disclosure to any medical health professional should be a non-issue. This includes your dentist.

Disclosure to your dentist means they will be on the lookout for HIV-related dental issues. 

Frankly, dry mouth is the most common dental issue you could have. It can lead to higher instances of cavities. If nothing else, it could lead to you needing more frequent cleanings to prevent plaque buildup also.

I have a great hygienist that works with my dentist. I discussed my disclosure with her. She thanked me for telling them, but told me part of their training is relating secondary health issues to the dentist. She basically said they can figure out most medical issues their patients have due to their medical training. They won't say a thing to you, though, other than recommend you follow up with a doctor.  :D

While you may never disclose your status formally, the secondary issues related to your HIV will likely be included in your medical record. Formally disclosing just will allow your dentist and others to be able to speak more openly with you about any issues you may develop.
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Living With HIV / Re: 22 YEARS OF OVERTIME (does it make sense?)
« Last post by Tonny2 on Yesterday at 01:44:29 PM »


       ojo       THANKS DEAR DANIEL, I WILL DO IT...IT IS WHAT IT IS, I KNOW THAT EVENTUALLY I WILL GO BLIND, BUT I WAS HOPING NO MORE PAINS IN MY LIFE, THIS SITUATION WITH MY CORNEA IS BOTHERSOME AND PAINFUL, I'M HERE JUST TO TRY TO DISTRACT MY MIND...I APPRECIATE YOUR GOOD WISHES, WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT THAT I WAS GOING TO GET SUPPORT FROM PEOPLE, USUALLY, I'M ON THE OTHER SIDE, IT FEELS GOOD TO HEAR FROM SOME PEOPLE WHO ARE CONCERN ABOUT WHAT I'M GOING THROUGH...THANKS EVERYONE WHO HAS TAKEB THE TIME READING ME AND REPLYING...HUGS TO YOU DANIEL AND ALL OF YOU...LIFE GOES ON
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Am I Infected? / Re: Thank you,please read.
« Last post by Ptrk3 on Yesterday at 01:44:14 PM »
You have tested conclusively negative for HIV antibodies and, if I am reading you correctly, were on PrEP at the time of the incident over which you are concerned, and also took PEP afterwards.  You have no rational reason to be concerned about HIV infection because of the incident you have described.

Your symptoms, therefore, are not HIV related.

You need to move on from this obsession and work on areas related to your mental health and wellbeing.

Read what Jim wrote, take it to heart, and move on with your life.
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