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91
Living With HIV / Re: It Gets Better
« Last post by bubba53 on Yesterday at 10:17:06 AM »
I remember the d4t, ddi, and azt for example , the side affects were terrible.
Having been through those early days,  I for one am not anywhere near ready to stop fighting . I will turn 60 my next birthday, my memory is terrible as well . I think its a combination of hiv & age.
at least they are writing articles like this about what we've been through ,and what all us LTSs are facing now.  All I know is trying to remember all the shit I need to remember keeps me on my toes ! What was the early med that came in a small packet and had to be mixed with water, does anyone remember  ?
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Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Re: post new med numbers
« Last post by zach on Yesterday at 10:15:32 AM »
 ;D

those are pretty standard questions, don't let it get to you. for me it takes a few minutes to wade through the drug and alcohol use (abuse)...

once you settle into a longer term relationship with one med team, you won't field those questions so much

as far as how i was infected, i give an all of the above answer... it all sounds pretty plausible, hell, i dunno doc. how are we gonna handle this moving forward?

bottom line init, at some point, you have to accept that you didn't protect yourself. thats the hardest pill to swallow, lot harder than a handful of meds. living with it gets a lot easier when you own it... my virus is MINE, i earned it damn it

edited to add... i kinda agree with ms p... get over thinking its dirty... you're trying to draw a distinction between yourself, and those nasty people (thats us hon). you walk right up to saying it's those damn gays (without actually saying it)

you are one of us, you dirty dirty
93
Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Re: post new med numbers
« Last post by initforlife on Yesterday at 10:13:41 AM »
You are right !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Time to put an end to it all right here and now. Thank you for the advice never said anyone was bad people. Oh who the hell cares anyway. I'm done !
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Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Re: post new med numbers
« Last post by Miss Philicia on Yesterday at 10:07:56 AM »
So after thinking about why I get so mad after going to Dr everything few months. I guess I'm reminded that I'm still hiv+ and I always get so down after wards. I saw a new Id dr this visit and I'm so tired of the same question every damn time I see a new Dr.  first question do you do drugs. Me NO.  second is always do you drink.  Me... Not much if hardly any.  ..... Then wait for it this is always the third question how in the heck did you end up with hiv?  I hate being stereotyped this way.  Then the next question is is your husband or boyfriend gay?.  It just reaffirms my believe I don't fit in anywhere anymore.  I'm a PoZ straight women who doesn't do drugs or drink hardly ever who love sex and hooked up with a lying bi guy and got hiv. No i'm not against bi guys I just hate someone who lies and pretends he was something he wasn't. Sorry my rant on why I feel Like I do... I'm trying to stay upbeat .. just hard at times

OK, you are being a bit over the top here -- these are routine intake questions. Every area keeps statistics on the demographics of HIV: race, gender, route of transmission, etc.

As far as you "not fitting in" I'm not sure what you are talking about. Your language reeks of a mindset that you don't fit in because you were not a bad person, which then implies you think other people that fit in those other boxes are "bad"... or something.

And to set the record straight, at least where I live probably 50% of new infections are straight women, non-IV drug users who got it by having unprotected sex. So guess what, you fit in pretty well.

I forget how long you've been diagnosed but my advice is if these thoughts don't settle down for you within 12 months of diagnosis you need to explore attending real life support group meetings and/or one-on-one counseling/therapist. There is not reason to go forward in life being obsessive about what you just wrote and having it upset you every time you go to the doctor. That is simply not healthy for you in the long run.
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Am I Infected? / Please Help - having ARS...Really really worried !!
« Last post by rock on Yesterday at 10:05:22 AM »
Hi Everyone...I am really worried for the past few days and I really really need your help...

I just have three questions -

1) 45 days back I went to an overcrowded brothel.I decided not to have sex.She was completely naked and I did not wear any condom and she also started fingering herself and immediately was giving me handjob with her same wet hands ( vaginal fluid ) and this happened several times- almost till the end.And she also came on top of me when I was lying and she rubbed my penis on her pussy for few mins ( No Penetration - just frottage for few mins).So, in both the cases lot of vaginal fluids came in contact with my 'uncircumcised' penis and I did not get a chance to wash my penis till next 8 hours.So, is it possible that the hiv got transmitted through these two incidents ( vaginal fluid touching uncircumcised penis) ?

2) In the same incident, when I was done after the handjob..the girl gave me a cloth to clean my penis and while I was cleaning I felt something wet and when I checked it was serum ( from previous customer few mins back) that came in direct contact with my uncircumcised penis.She apologised and ran and brought me a new cloth after 4-5 mins.Will this have any risk ?

3) After exactly 43 days after incident, I had cough, sneezing,runny nose and a mild fever.Runny nose and sneezing got over in 3 days without any medicine but I still have little cough ( dry and wet both ) and slight heavyness in ear and head due to cold .Also I am feeling a small ball like thing on my left jawline but it is not swelled- Request you to please explain what is this? Does ARS symptoms include - Coughing, Sneezing and Runny Nose? and Can ARS show up after 6 weeks?

I humbly request you to please answer my above three questions and please don't think these questions as a 'what if' question - I SWEAR all thee above things actually and literally happened.I SWEAR. I really need your help as I am really worried specially after when I caught this cough and sneezing etc on 43rd day after exposure.

Thank you so much. God bless you ! Request you to please be patient .Thanks !!
96
Living With HIV / snake oil hocus pocus
« Last post by zach on Yesterday at 09:16:39 AM »
we need a list of all the bogus products floating around the world that people believe strange shit about

i have a friend, love her dearly, she's like a damn wood elf healer though... believes some really fucked up and in my book dangerous stuff

she started trying to hoist silver up my flag, singing its benefits. i sat quietly, her food is excellent, so i don't want to risk losing that. low country crableg and shrimp boil. i wasn't informed or prepared to rebuke. got home, did a quick few minutes of very skeptical but objective and open minded research.

blue man, blue! for real, it turns you blue at high enough levels... permanently! i never even liked the smurfs.

she never pushes hard, and sometimes she's even surprisingly close to right. and honestly, she's taken care of me for many years without pestering me too much if i say "get away witch"

i'm just thinking, we could compile a list of all (well, most) the unfounded and dangerous "cures and treatments" that at best do nothing, at worst do some horrid things. a little rumor control might make it a lot easier for those aren't adept at web research
97
Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Re: post new med numbers
« Last post by initforlife on Yesterday at 09:11:40 AM »
So after thinking about why I get so mad after going to Dr everything few months. I guess I'm reminded that I'm still hiv+ and I always get so down after wards. I saw a new Id dr this visit and I'm so tired of the same question every damn time I see a new Dr.  first question do you do drugs. Me NO.  second is always do you drink.  Me... Not much if hardly any.  ..... Then wait for it this is always the third question how in the heck did you end up with hiv?  I hate being stereotyped this way.  Then the next question is is your husband or boyfriend gay?.  It just reaffirms my believe I don't fit in anywhere anymore.  I'm a PoZ straight women who doesn't do drugs or drink hardly ever who love sex and hooked up with a lying bi guy and got hiv. No i'm not against bi guys I just hate someone who lies and pretends he was something he wasn't. Sorry my rant on why I feel Like I do... I'm trying to stay upbeat .. just hard at times
98
Living With HIV / Re: Hop a Long reporting in .
« Last post by zach on Yesterday at 08:17:38 AM »
even your hair hurts? damn man  :D hope you get to feeling better michael

maybe we're affected by the changing seasons, equinox is coming up

PNF... means the same thing over there as here? i know it as assisted stretching (latin words) i used to do it with one of my sons that had leg spasm issues. it was painful for him, basically i was stretching his tendons and muscles farther than he was able to... years of this while he was growing to keep his feet from drawing up, and eventually surgeries to lengthen his achilles tendons
99
Hello Prismatic,

I will talk to you like the way I would talk to my Kid brother. 'Pull yourself together'! It has happened and you need to put it behind you and think positively always. You have so much to leave for!!! You can prove everyone wrong and clock 95 years plus.

Knowledge is wisdom... Apply it!

Eat a well balanced diet, don't abuse your body with smoking, drugs and excessive alcohol. Exercise and build up at a gym...yes build up. It takes your mind off issues.

Consider talking with your Mum. You know better.

My wife and two sons died in a bus accident in 2004. Long story... I did not want to go on living. I met someone in 2006 but as it turned out, I was not the only one who met her ;D. I did my dx in 2007 and started meds in 2008.  I have been ND for 6 years now and my CD4 went up from 560 to 1,343.

I got married, my wife is HIV- and we are expecting a baby by natural conception. She and baby are fine.

You have so much to leave for. Pursue your dreams!

Take this serious. You are a winner!

Emex
100
Living With HIV / Re: Switching from Stribild to Atripla
« Last post by emex27 on Yesterday at 05:44:42 AM »
Yes, I am.
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