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Living With HIV / Re: latest and greatest lab to date.
« Last post by abrokenman on Yesterday at 04:39:34 AM »

It was a bit of memory lane, going back to when he first saw me in the ER with the old Crypto.  6.7 million vl and only a few cd4s left.  He again said he never thought I'd leave the hospital upright.  :)


Great to hear that you are doing so well and the fact that looking back on where you started up to now is astonishing. I'm not sure when you were diagnosed but I'm kind of going off your registration Date to the forum 7/2010 and I am no expert but you have climbed that Mountain to get to where you are Today and you sharing of your story and journey with Us is inspiring to Us all - both Veterans of the forums and newbies like Me. Keep up the good work.

I'm sorry that you have to get another Doctor as the One you had was with you every step of the way to see you in such a grave condition in the beginning to the present. Although it is time for Him to pass the torch to another Doctor you are blessed to have started with Him to get to where you are Today. You have learned so much along the way to where you are better able to work with your new Doc to work on plans that keep you climbing higher.

Again, great news from you and continue to reach each and every goal that you set for yourself and Live long and Happy! Have a great Day and take care. :)
Insurance, Benefits Programs & HIV / Australian Travel Insurance
« Last post by giomanach on Yesterday at 04:33:51 AM »
I am living in Australia and will be travelling soon. It's so hard to find a provider that will cover a HIV positive guy. Anyone can point me in the right direction to get it?
Off Topic Forum / Re: Interview the Person Below You
« Last post by Angel-Ronnie on Yesterday at 01:21:59 AM »
A: my Parents, they lived up to my expectations by finally accepting my status and giving me loving support

Q: which one of the following people would you loved to have met and have dinner with?
    a) Mother Teresa
    b) Princess Diana
    c) Nelson Mandela
I Just Tested Poz / Re: This is my story
« Last post by JimDublin on Yesterday at 01:16:57 AM »
Unfortunately, there has been occasion where I have seen the 'Welcome' mat extended..  :) :)

Although I find the "Welcome Aboard" line so nasty... so vane... so unrealistic... Welcome to what? The Hiv? Gee thanks...


If you have a problem with a post ignore it or report it, however complaining about it in someones thread is simply not an option open to you.

Welcoming someone to this forum and offering them a word of advice or comfort depending on what they posted is in no means means nasty or vane. What you are making it out to be is twisted, I have seen no "welcome to the club" "welcome to HIV" suggestive posts or behaviour.  I have not seen any nasty welcome posts here, except for your own in this thread that seems to start by piggy backing a complaint/misgiving you have. So drop the flame baiting attempt.

Anyhow all drop it and move on, don't post about it in this thread again.
I will treat it as hijacking the thread. 

AIDS Activism / Re: 2nd year of Motivational Speaking
« Last post by Angel-Ronnie on December 05, 2016, 11:45:08 PM »
thanks Ptrk3

since I started I never thought that I would enjoy it so much, in  a sense I'm dealing with my little pet virus in a way where I can educate and help others understand that life is not over.

I have fully disclosed my status at my place of work and the support I've had is just amazing from cleaning staff to top management. Even at work people ask questions and want to understand how I am dealing with it. I had staff approach me and asked for advise for someone they know who just found out they have hiv and the response is just great.

so it is not only out there in the real world I do my part but also close to home. a purpose who knows a calling definitely
Living With HIV / Re: latest and greatest lab to date.
« Last post by Angel-Ronnie on December 05, 2016, 11:36:34 PM »

awesome and great numbers on the cd4. how is your vl numbers?

congrats on this you deserve it and well done


I Just Tested Poz / Re: Not just My Story, it's Our Story Part1
« Last post by JosephP on December 05, 2016, 10:33:08 PM »
I am glad to hear that you are now at a place to where you don't have to go in to see your Doctor as much as they are confident that you are on the right path! So I guess taking 2 pills a day (everyday) and only having to go in every 4-6 Months to have your blood checked is not that overwhelming to handle. Keep climbing higher and be the best that you can be Joseph and live Life to the fullest. Have a great day and again, thanks for your input in the matter.

You are quite welcome. Your diagnosis has been very recent and you are still reeling from it. That doesn't mean that I am free of any throwbacks and despair.. Once in a while the thought of being poz come to mind and you start conjuring of what should have I done to prevent this... Why did I do this or didn't  do that... But you come here... Peruse... And see the light... Others have done it and survived it, why not me.. Why not you? We are all survivors.. Some long term... Some medium term and some newly guys like yourself.. Yes, live life to the fullest... :)
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Newly POZ and still a bit confused...
« Last post by DANIELtakashi on December 05, 2016, 10:16:35 PM »
Good afternoon.

Please feel free to contact me any time.
Sorry l cannot go to UENO and get on the SHINKANSENN but we can communicate with each other through this forum.

Estoy infectado? / Re: Consulta, riesgo por oral VIH
« Last post by bocs41 on December 05, 2016, 10:05:14 PM »
Ayudeme con lo del paņo, en verdad ella tenia fluido vaginal en su mano y me paso el paņo con esa mano, y me da miedo que el paņo haya entrado en contacto con mi herida del dedo o mi glande, ayuda, deme informacion sobre eso, gracias.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Just tested for pos
« Last post by JosephP on December 05, 2016, 10:03:44 PM »
So yeah, I just tested positive for HIV. I don't really know how to cope with the news actually. I seem so calm which seems strange to people. I've even started a blog to jot down my feelings and thoughts (as suggested by my close friend). I guess I am still in a daze and trying to find support in some shape or form.

Little intro, I'm 26 this year from Sydney. Kinda felt that I have screwed up my life.

Is feeling calm normal?

If you are looking for support, you are in the right place.. There are countless friends here, some newly diagnosed some long time survivor but all have two things in common: HIV+ and an intense desire to support each other.
Did you screw up your life? Well that depends on what you define as screw up. Although when I was diagnosed I felt that the end had come it really wasn't so. Get yourself a good, I mean a good doctor hiv doctor, not necessarily the one that knows the most (even though that is appealing), one with the best bed manners (a saying in the US). A doc you can talk to. A doc that is genuinely interested in your progress. Some other people have commented on Australian services. Take advantage of their counsel.
I have been on Genvoya for over 9 months now. No problems whatsoever. I did start with Stribild and my doctor switched me as soon as Genvoya became ready.. Zombie after diagnosis? I bet you 99.999% of us felt exactly the same way... Read and keep yourself informed... But be careful with what you read. There are a lot of mis information around the web that can make you paranoid. I was at that point when my doctor told me to stop reading... You are making yourself sick... She indicated... So, to end, make your meds your new best friend. Adhere to their dosage and listen to your doctors... Come here when you feel lonely, scared, frightened or simply need to let the guard down... It will get better... We have gone thru it, in a way or another, and we are still going on... Yes, the future does scare me more now than before, but that only tells me that I am getting old! ;)
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