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I Just Tested Poz / Re: Day 2 of being positive!
« Last post by mecch on Yesterday at 03:13:25 PM »
Theres a lot of stigma about HIV as you know. There is also a long history of it being a horrible fatal disease. Also people who assume they are HIV- don't want to deal with HIV so they don't. 
HIV is more often than not an STD. STD's make people feel dirty and ashamed.
HIV is I suppose one of the worse STDs.  Maybe some cancer causing HPV's should be considered worse.  Cause these days HIV can be quite manageable.
All these could cause anyone recently diagnosed to feel ashamed and dirty.
Plus whatever is in your individual psychological makeup about sex.

You can work out all the negativity over time so please don't go too far into this scenario of "my partner needs someone better than me."   In a couple of months you probably won't feel that, things will be back to a normal feeling.

You seem to have some buy-in to stereotypes that generally people with HIV are promiscuous or that people with HIV are poor. I see you already reasoning your way out of the stereotypes, and the sooner the better.
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I Just Tested Poz / Re: Day 2 of being positive!
« Last post by zach on Yesterday at 02:06:08 PM »
I really need reassurance from people about this. I have decided not to tell anyone in my life about this yet except my fiancé. I don't know anyone with hiv with whom I can speak. Can any of you tell me please- I can live a normal life, correct? I am just like anyone else, right? Anyone can get this disease, in any social class, any place of employment, etc. I have no reason to feel dirty or ashamed. I need to make the best of this right?

Have any of you had the experience of feeling sick prior to diagnosis then once treatment is started you feel better? Have energy and can live life? Can I at least look forward to that?

Sorry for the long post, I just really needed to get that off my chest. Thank you for reading and taking the time to reply if you do.

Rosie

rosie22? setting up your account the first time can be confusing, if both names are yours, one of the mods can help you sort it out.

you didn't pick up hiv from a tattoo if it was at a parlor, please let's not perpetuate that misinformation. and really, it doesn't matter how you got, only what you do with it.

i only quoted the questions portion of your post

1. don't tell anyone, until you are emotionally strong enough for everyone to know. each person you tell, will tell someone you didn't choose to tell, and so. thats just the way humans are. once the cat is out of the bag, the bell can't be unrung

2. combining a few questions into one answer. yes, you can live a normal healthy energetic life. with medical care, your vitality will return. it's an awesome feeling. you are not dirty, nothing to ashamed of.

love and accept yourself

take a deep breath, you're going to ok. this is a fight, put your game face on. there is a great line that floats around this forum

hiv is a marathon, not a sprint. pace yourself.
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Estoy infectado? / Re: ¿Estoy infectado de vih?
« Last post by Lind on Yesterday at 01:52:42 PM »
Muchas gracias Andy, perdón por responder tarde, hace unos días me hicieron análisis de sangre en las que decía V.D.R.L, esta prueba incluye el vih?

Sobre la masturbación mutua que porcentaje de contagio hay? es que sigo preocupado, siempre lo hago con condón y no quisiera infectarme por ese medio.

Gracias Andy
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I Just Tested Poz / Day 2 of being positive!
« Last post by Rosie117 on Yesterday at 01:47:15 PM »
Hi all! My name is Rosie. I just found out yesterday I'm positive, when the life insurance company with whom my fiancé and I filed an application a month ago notified me of the results of the medical exam. Talk about being blind-sided; although realistically I should have taken different steps in the past. I never thought this would happen. I recently turned 30, I have never used any drugs, I have a great job and make great money. My fiancé and I got together 2 years ago and he told me he had been tested and was negative; I told him the last time I was tested I was negative too. That test was probably 10 years ago prior though. I'm a fool- I should have been tested again since, and I was living in denial.

The biggest emotion I have right now is guilt for him because he's been so good to me since we met. He truly is just an amazing man- I have thanked my lucky stars for him every day, even before this diagnosis when everything was just peachy.  He's younger than me and has big aspirations. And since yesterday he has been even more supportive, telling me not to worry and that life will continue just as it has except I'll take the medication I'm prescribed. I feel like he is such a good person he deserves someone better than me, because I feel dirty. I don't mean that in any offense to any of you, but I just have to get that off my chest.

I had a period of promiscuity after high school but I thought those years were a decade in the past. I've had many tattoos done since then and my doctor thinks that may be where it's from. But my fiancé had work done at the same shop and, despite that as well as sleeping with me, he's negative. I just hope he stays that way. Luckily for him, our sex life has been nonexistent the past year because of abdominal pain I have from digestive issues. So hopefully any chance he could have had for infection from me has passed, and from now on condoms will help him.

Anyway once I got the results yesterday from the life insurance company I went to see my primary care doctor and he ordered a host of blood work which I'm having done tomorrow. He also referred me to an infectious disease doctor who I couldn't get an appointment with until 12/2. It am taking comfort in a lot of the Internet research I've found that says basically hiv is now a chronic disease that is manageable with daily medication.

I've never been religious but the past few months I've started praying. I guess subconsciously I knew something serious was wrong and I'd need spiritual guidance. I've been having dizzy spells the past month and have had digestive issues as well as pretty bad fatigue for the past year. I'm looking forward to starting treatment as I hope it will make me feel healthier than I have been lately.

I really need reassurance from people about this. I have decided not to tell anyone in my life about this yet except my fiancé. I don't know anyone with hiv with whom I can speak. Can any of you tell me please- I can live a normal life, correct? I am just like anyone else, right? Anyone can get this disease, in any social class, any place of employment, etc. I have no reason to feel dirty or ashamed. I need to make the best of this right?

Have any of you had the experience of feeling sick prior to diagnosis then once treatment is started you feel better? Have energy and can live life? Can I at least look forward to that?

Sorry for the long post, I just really needed to get that off my chest. Thank you for reading and taking the time to reply if you do.

Rosie
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I just received my HIV rna results which was taken 19 days post pep.  They were NOT DETECTED.  is this a reliable result?
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Am I Infected? / Re: Confused
« Last post by Andy Velez on Yesterday at 01:38:32 PM »
David, whether you touched the other guy's pre-cum or sperm is totally irrelevant. HIV is a fragile virus and is not transmitted through that kind of touching.

Re-read what Joe said as he's quite clear and specific about what are the risks for HIV transmission.

You are worrying needlessly. Get on with your life. 
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Thayer, feel free to share it..... Culture Magazine has an article coming out too.... the more publicity before the lawsuit is heard, the better our chances.... still working on getting the ACLU involved ...  I think he's talked to the ADA about this case too.

I was going to ask Andy if I could post this over into a couple other forums, but don't want to press my luck :(   .... I'd love to let Tim Horn know that his lunch with me here in San Diego has turned me around to be someone that I think he'd be proud of.

Ray....  We are having Life Without Parole prisoners released for non-violent mmj cases... San Diego is having a hard time sitting juries, people are no longer taking the plea deals (the governments life blood) and people like us are fighting back and showing them that we no longer roll over .....  Can't wait to hear how FL comes out in the election.... I know it's one of the more hard nosed states :(
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Am I Infected? / Re: Confused
« Last post by david950 on Yesterday at 01:34:22 PM »
Thanks!
One more question: and if I touched his pre-cum? :(
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Am I Infected? / Re: did asteroid hit me
« Last post by Jeff G on Yesterday at 01:28:15 PM »
You're welcome ! 
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