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Author Topic: Where were you when you first found out? (in five sentences or fewer)  (Read 10844 times)

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Offline Okealyshire

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Summer 2002: it was during a consulting gig, working with a customer on a network redesign. Got the phone call from the clinic while in the middle of a challenging whiteboard discussion with their recalcitrant network engineering dude. Stood motionless for a moment as the adrenaline surged through my veins, immediately forgetting the point I was trying to make. Then went back to work, brushing off his "Hey, are you ok?" question with a comment I can't even remember now.

Yours?

(c'mon, let's get a nice long thread going :))

Offline ga1964

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Dec. 2006, the day before going into surgery.  My doctor (the ER doctor on duty the night I went to the hospital) came in my room and said "The test came back Positive...good luck in surgery...I'll see you tomorrow." (so much for a bedside manner.)

I had the hole night to dwell on the news, not that having surgery the next day hadn't already been wearing on my mind for the last 2 weeks, that I had been laying in the hospital trying to get well enough to have the surgery.

Offline Matty the Damned

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May 3rd, 2002 at 8:33 pm. Standing in my kitchen when my GP rang with the news.

MtD

Offline lucas clay

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While having my sons open house for his graduation.
 I got the call my best friend was in the hospital, and things were not looking good for her.
I never got to see her again


                                      ( i miss her sooooo much) :'(
                                                            Lucas

Offline Dragonette

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In a parked car, by the beach, while visiting my parents over Christmas, around 12.30 on the 27.12.05, beautiful sunny day. I had the test that morning and i called them to find the result, the doctor told me to come over for a second test. He didn't say what it meant but I knew immediately. Everything became really amplified, it was the biggest (and worst) adrenaline rush I ever had.
"If you keep one foot in yesterday, and one in tomorrow, you piss all over today". Betty Tacy

Offline heartforyou

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Somewhere in July 1987.
I was at home and was waiting for billirubine test results to come in.
My GP called and said : Herman, your liver is fine. But you got that "new" disease. AIDS.
I cried for half an hour, stood up and left for my flight.

Hermie
who will always remember
Diagnosed in 1987 and still kicking
Viread, Kivexa (Epzicom),Viramune once daily

Happiness is the freedom of breathing fresh air every day.

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April 5 2005. i went to a voluntary testing and counselling centre. there was a delay in giving me my results unlike the previous times i'd been there but i was sure i was negative.  so when the lady said "u tested postive" i just kind of went numb. she couldnt look me in the face. i went back to the office and cried in the store room.

Offline anniebc

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April 5th 2002 in a hospital bed, having been admitted while going through a two week severe seroconvertion.

Jan
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Never knock on deaths door..ring the bell and run..he really hates that.

Offline BT65

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February 12, 1989, in a drug treatment center.  A counselor pulled me out of group to tell me.  Then three days later, the same counselor pulled me out of group again to inform me my (1st) husband died.
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

Offline rondrond

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on my birthday, 1mar93....in the Tarrant County Public Health Depratment, which is on University Drive, in the middle of the Arts Cultural District. Botanical Gardens. ..In Fort Worth, 1993,  it seems, they don't tell you nothing on the phone. You go in, they take you to a small room, there are two people waiting outside the room to intercept you i, in case you run, as they have another room you are escorted to immediately for counseling and grieving and your options and ..your next step.  After leaving, I drove through the Botanical Gardens soaking up al the 'life' around me and while in the middle of the Rose gardens, I called my Mom.
« Last Edit: May 08, 2008, 10:49:22 AM by rondrond »
"I may not be exactly where I want to be, but I sure as Hell am not where I was"
Wynnona Judd

Diagnosed/HIV
1993
AZT
Norvir
1994-2001
Crixivan/Epivir/Zerit
No Meds for 7 Years

04jul07/DVT-right leg/Bi Lateral PE's     
16oct08/DVT-left leg
Sept '09  6 blood clots in left arm
Coumadin 5mgs
                                     
Atenolol/50mg/2x
Hydrochlorth 25mg/1x
Gemfibrozil/300mgs/2X
Symbicort
Proventil Inhaler
Potassium
Rhinocort


*APR 08~Viramune/Truvada
March08  CD4 330 23% VL 452.000 
*Jan09 Med change~Epzicom/Viramune

Aug09   CD4 523 23%  VL<48
Diagnosed: COPD
Dec 2013: CD4 645 45% VL 49
Med Change: Viramune/Epivir/Ziagen/Isentress

Offline woodshere

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March 7, 2006 @ 4:37pm  I was sitting at my desk at work and the doctor called.  He said he had some good news and some bad news.  And as they say, "The rest is history".
"Let us give pubicity to HV/AIDS and not hide it..." "One of the things destroying people with AIDS is the stigma we attach to it."   Nelson Mandela

Offline thunter34

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AID Atlanta, December, 2004.  Few enough?
AIDS isn't for sissies.

Offline Dachshund

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Seems the health department in Memphis didn't take too kindly to me ignoring their letters asking me to return for my test results. They called one day and said if I didn't come in the Shelby County Sheriff's Department would be providing me transportation. That kind of gave it away, that and the night sweats.

Offline Peter Staley

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Like woodshere, I was at my desk at work.  It was on a Friday -- November 15th, 1985 -- and scientists had only isolated (discovered) the HIV virus less than one year earlier.  I was a bond trader at JP Morgan on Wall Street, and my doctor's office called me.  The male nurse asked me to come back in for "more tests, because one of your lab results is off" (I had visited the office that week to check up on a cough that wouldn't go away, and he ran a CBC).  I pressed him to tell me what their suspicions were, and he said my elevated WBC count could be indicative of an HIV infection.  

Believe it or not, I was scheduled to leave on a one week vacation that night with my new boyfriend visiting from Amsterdam.  I arrived at Disney World later that night.

"So what did you do when you found out you were HIV+?  I WENT TO DISNEY WORLD!"

Offline David_CA

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I was sitting on the sofa in our den in March, 2006.  Hubby was calling for the results of my mail-in test and was on hold for a long time (waiting for a live person instead of a recording).  If your results are negative, you're only on hold for a few minutes, so I knew what that meant - I was HIV+.  We hugged and cried a bit, though I was mostly in shock.  I'm so glad that period of my life is over, however I received a second diagnosis later that year in the hospital - AIDS (and PCP pneumonia).

David
Black Friday 03-03-2006
03-23-06 CD4 359 @27.4% VL 75,938
06-01-06 CD4 462 @24.3% VL > 100,000
08-15-06 CD4 388 @22.8% VL >  "
10-21-06 CD4 285 @21.9% VL >  "
  Atripla started 12-01-2006
01-08-07 CD4 429 @26.8% VL 1872!
05-08-07 CD4 478 @28.1% VL 740
08-03-07 CD4 509 @31.8% VL 370
11-06-07 CD4 570 @30.0% VL 140
02-21-08 CD4 648 @32.4% VL 600
05-19-08 CD4 695 @33.1% VL < 48 undetectable!
08-21-08 CD4 725 @34.5%
11-11-08 CD4 672 @39.5%
02-11-09 CD4 773 @36.8%
05-11-09 CD4 615 @36.2%
08-19-09 CD4 770 @38.5%
11-19-09 CD4 944 @33.7%
02-17-10 CD4 678 @39.9%  
06-03-10 CD4 768 @34.9%
09-21-10 CD4 685 @40.3%
01-10-11 CD4 908 @36.3%
05-23-11 CD4 846 @36.8% VL 80
02-13-12 CD4 911 @41.4% VL<20
You must be the change you want to see in the world.  Mahatma Gandhi

Offline allopathicholistic

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GP's office, March of 2000. Returned to work (worked at Smith Barney) and pretended that "what just happened didn't happen" ... I hear experts say little kids who suffer at the hands of rapists etc also often "block out" traumatic events  :-\ Understand that I had tested 3 times in the 90s while being tres promiscuous and a condom-hater so I thought I was immune to HIV (yet still went and got tested every now and then, hmmmm, that's one for the psychology books I guess). Sorry this is a lot of sentences - Just brings back memories, that's all  :-[
« Last Edit: May 08, 2008, 09:15:17 AM by allopathicholistic »

Offline sharkdiver

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It was sometime in May 1985 at the county's public health department. It was 2 weeks before I graduated high school.

Offline letmebeyourhero

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At a routine STD screening at the State Health Department center.  I knew there must be trouble when a different person came into the room to give me the results.  I left, and drove to a parking garage where i just sat and took everything in for an hour or so.  One of the scaries, most desperate days of my life.
A decent guy, named Chris - spanning time.

Offline danpoz

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Routine Testing at the local LGBT clinic. The male nurse was an amazingly compassionate person, he just said it and sat there, letting me absorb before trying to provide me with any other info. He eventually gave me tons of stuff but I don't remember a word of it. They give out these black folders with all the info you might need, how about walking out carrying that to show what you've just been told?
12/1/07 HIV-
3/17/08 HIV+, CD4 384, VL 39966
4/4/08 Started Atripla
7/14/08  CD4 343, VL Undetectable :-)


Offline GSOgymrat

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In December 1992 at Planned Parenthood my partner and I took the test. His came back positive and mine "indeterminent", which was a big shock because I was prepared for yes or no, not maybe. I waited a couple of weeks, took the test again and came back positive in January 1993.

Offline Assurbanipal

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May 2006 in the hospital ICU.   I felt little over the drugs and haze but relief to find out what was wrong had a name and could be fought.
5/06 VL 1M+, CD4 22, 5% , pneumonia, thrush -- O2 support 2 months, 6/06 +Kaletra/Truvada
9/06 VL 3959 CD4 297 13.5% 12/06 VL <400 CD4 350 15.2% +Pravachol
2007 VL<400, 70, 50 CD4 408-729 16.0% -19.7%
2008 VL UD CD4 468 - 538 16.7% - 24.6% Osteoporosis 11/08 doubled Pravachol, +Calcium/D
02/09 VL 100 CD4 616 23.7% 03/09 VL 130 5/09 VL 100 CD4 540 28.4% +Actonel (osteoporosis) 7/09 VL 130
8/09  new regimen Isentress/Epzicom 9/09 VL UD CD4 621 32.7% 11/09 VL UD CD4 607 26.4% swap Isentress for Prezista/Norvir 12/09 (liver and muscle issues) VL 50
2010 VL UD CD4 573-680 26.1% - 30.9% 12/10 VL 20
2011 VL UD-20 CD4 568-673 24.7%-30.6%
2012 VL UD swap Prezista/Norvir for Reyataz drop statin CD4 768-828 26.7%-30.7%

Offline Robert

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Oct. 2, 2003.

I had been running on low for a good 9 months.  This was my 3rd visit to the Dr in the last year and I told her I just wasn't getting any better.  She sent me up to X-Ray and when I got back to her office, they threw me on a gurney and sent me off to the emergency room.  There the Dr came running in to show me the x-rays.   Lungs full of fluids. 
Pneumonia.  "You got AIDS, buddy", he said.    I shrugged.  Fine with me.  Just do whatever, I thought.

3 weeks later they took the tubes out of me and I woke up, surrounded by my brothers and Michael.

robert
..........

Offline leatherman

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Sorry but I need to take a couple extra lines as I'm telling the stories for three people.

In Sept of 1992, my (first) late partner, Randy, had gone through tests to determine if his month-long fever was a re-occurence of Chron's Disease (an intestinal disease) - with no conclusive results. Being influenced by that and the PSAs airing on TV in late 1992, I was tested at the city's health dept. in early December. On Dec 26, 1992, at 2:30pm after verifying my anonymous number, the nurse told me the results. I started AZT monotherapy within 3 months, while my partner (whose HIV results came in the doctor's office in Jan 93) entered clinical trials at the Cleveland Clinic. Eighteen months later after several stays in the hospital, my partner came home with Hospice Care. Nine days later, he passed away on May 25, 1994 at 5:55am (a month and a half before his 30th birthday).

Fourteen years later in Feb 08, my (second) late partner, Jim, had a month-long fever. After some inconclusive blood work, he was admitted to the hospital Mar 3rd. After five grueling days of waiting in the hospital for the results of tests and scans, he received a diagnosis of both AIDS and AIDS-related non-Hodgkins lymphoma. After spending 50 out of 52 days in the hospital, going through the hell of chemotheraphy, numerous tranfusions and treatments, he was unable to endure the illnesses and the treatments and came home with Hospice Care. Eight days later, he passed away on May 1, 2008 at 5:55am (a month and a half before his 52nd birthday).
leatherman (aka mIkIE)


chart from 1992-2013; updated 2/09/13  Reyataz/Norvir/Truvada

Oh my friends, my friends forgive me
That I live and you are gone.
There's a grief that can't be spoken.
There's a pain goes on and on.
Empty chairs at empty tables
Where my friends will meet no more.

"Empty Chairs at Empty Tables" from Les Miserables

Offline rick21007

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Leatherman, your post took my breath away.    I am so sorry.

rick

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March 8, 1995, my little sisters thirteenth birthday. I went to a free clinic where my fiance and I both tested. In the room I was told it was positive, this my second test because the first one was inconclusive.
I had always been an awful student, but because of this I had nothing but studies. I dove into school work, while avoiding other students. And for the first time since third grade I started to win awards.

Offline Oceanbeach

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1. December, 1994, right after Christmas
2. The Center in Long Beach, normal 6 month test.
3.  Would you like a kleenex?  I do not have a cold.
4.  There is a Support Group on Tuesday night at 8:00 PM
5.  The facilitator quit Tuesday afternoon, no one was there but me
 ;D  Five sentences or less, Have the best day  ;D
Michael

Offline rick21007

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December 9, 2006--I was at my office.  A phone call from my (then) MD's office nurse (I swear she was doing her nails when she spoke to me.)  "This is Dr. Visser's office nurse calling with your lab results.    Good News!!Your hep B did not become chronic.  Oh, and you have hiv.  You can call the receptionist and she will schedule your next appointment.  Have a nice day!  Bye."  BTW she was wrong about the Hep B.  Office visit the next week:  Dr. Visser was very professional, even if he did believe this was my punishment from God for being a homosexual.  Then he pretty much sat me down and interrogated me about the details of my sex life--who what when and where.  That office visit was more traumatic than the phone call actually.  I used more than 5 sentences but then some of the other posters didn't use all of their sentences. ;D

rick

Offline pozniceguy

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Jan 1994..I was admitted to Hospital with pneumonia..took three days to figure out it was PCP  and then two weeks later went and tested for HIV at local clinic...  it was positive.. the counselor was very understanding and asked what I wanted to do  ..gave me a list of support groups / organizations....not really surprised after the PCP result

Nick
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Aug 24, 2005 - at the only clinic in Richmond that provided a 20 min test.  I came in after weeks of night sweats, and a gi-normous lymph node in my neck.  I was sitting in a pleasant waiting area for my result -- a fish tank with beautiful fish was in front of me when the counselor walked in and said, "Your result is positive."  I still can feel the duplicate feel of dread and relief.  She asked me if I was suicidal, I said no.  I asked if she would be here after 5:00 so that I could bring my partner in to be tested.  She said that normally that is off hours, but she would be in late that night working on a grant application so she would do the test, if he wanted it.  He did and he was negative.

Mike
Atripla - Started 12/05
Reyataz/Norvir - Added 6/06
Labs - Pre-Meds
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Nov05 288/18%  47,564
Current Labs
May2013 691/31% <20

Offline mjmel

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Denver, Colorado. In 1989 about two weeks before Christmas.
I realized one day that all my past lovers (4) through the years, and all my close friends were gone.
Figured it was time to test at the local health clinic. After the results were delivered (in person) I braced myself for the oncoming illness. It never came.
Still here. Still relatively healthy. Been so blessed, in that respect.

Mike

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1993, Skowhegan School of Painting and Sculpture

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Offline Snowangel

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DPH, Worcester, Mass
Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important

The heaviest thing you can carry is a grudge..

One thing you can give and still keep...is your word.

One thing you can't recycle is wasted time.

Offline Kellyk

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In a bed at Northside Hospital

Offline J.R.E.

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Clearwater, Fl @ the County Health Dept , In October of 1985.

Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=40802.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=45159.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39722.msg495621;topicseen#msg495621

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=46806.0

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=39414.msg491701#msg491701


 In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started my first  HAART regimen  on October 24th,03.

 As of DEC 9th, 2013,  t-cells are at 437 Viral load  <40 .

 Current % is at 16% (L)

  
 62 years young.

Offline md

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I found out that my partner was poz at about 11:30am on June 1st, 2006 while standing outside in my garden.

Tony was admitted to the hospital the previous evening after his condition had deteriorated to the point that I could no longer look after him and while his regular doctor was still convinced that he was just suffering from depression.

At the hospital they had run pretty much every test you can think of on him and everything looked reasonably normal except for a CT scan of his brain which showed "significant abnormalities" - one of the doctors had seen AIDS dementia cases in Chicago in the early 1990's and was pretty sure that is what it was but said they wouldn't know for sure until they got the results of his HIV test back which could take "a couple of days".

Next morning I called the hospital and later got a call back from the neurologist who had just done an MRI to confirm the previous night's CT scan - we discussed some of the things that he had found and I said something like "but we still don't know for sure whether he is HIV+ or not, do we?" and got the response "Oh, we got a positive result back already - they will do another test to confirm it but, with his symptoms, there really isn't any doubt".

Strangely enough my initial reaction was one of immense relief that, at last, I knew what was wrong with him.

Offline chm02

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At home, Sept 30, 2006.
This thread prompted me to go back and look.
http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=4375.msg49697#msg49697
I can't believe it hasnt even been two years yet!
So much has happened.

Offline BrooklynGuy

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doctor's office on the upper ease side of manhattan, June 23, 2006, 10:30am with my already positive partner sitting next to me holding my hand.  we knew what it was, i was wasting and had a nasty case of PCP.  my behavior in the early '90's (prior to partner) would no doubt bring me to this day.
Infected:  Probably 1995
Diagnosed: June 2005
Baseline VL: 650,000
Baseline CD4: 30

Last Dr. Visit: 12/2013
VL: Undetectable
CD4: 700
Meds: Complera

Offline AlanBama

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February 1987.   I was at my desk, at work (during every major tragedy of my life and every "national tragedy" I am ALWAYS at work!).   Received a phone call from a lab technician at my doctor's office; they had reluctantly done an HIV test, and were strictly against testing.  (ostrich with head-in-the-sand syndrome?  who knows?).   "Alan, I'm very sorry, your test is positive.  You have "IT".  Get your affairs in order, and try to enjoy the life you have left".  Click.

Still following that advice, by the way..... ;)
"Remember my sentimental friend that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others." - The Wizard of Oz

Offline LiveWithIt

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In 1996.  I had lost lots of weight and I knew what it was.  I found out in  a doctor's office.  I cried on the way there, but never again.
Pray God you can cope
I know you have a little life in you yet.
I know you have a lot of strength left.

Offline NewYorkKat

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December 12th, 2006 at the Callen and Lorde Health Clinic. I knew I would test positive the way the health worker walked out: very slowly and calmly, saying my name like it was my turn to be in the electric chair. "Your test came back positive". (I have chills even writing this).

That day was also a anthropology final so if that wasn't stressful enough, imagine learning your poz on top that.

God tested me and I won. I passed the class and will not need meds for a long time....

Offline jabez

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I had been feeling weak & sickly for several months.  Finally, I had a series of tests at my doctor's office in July 2007.   I called Friday afternoon to check the results.  The nurse was VERY chipper.  "All of your results are back in, and everything looks GREAT ... really, everything's just GREAT ... oh wait, we're still waiting for your HIV results, but everything else looks GREAT!!"  So I had all weekend to prepare myself mentally that maybe my HIV result wasn't going to be quite as 'great'.  (I knew that something was terribly wrong with my health.)  I was driving down the highway the following Monday morning, and my cell phone rang.  When I saw that it was the doctor's office, my heart pretty much stopped beating.  I pulled off the highway and took the call.  "Bad news, Sport," the doctor said, "your HIV test came back positive, but hey, they've got something called Protease Inhibitors now, and you'll probably live a good while longer.  Gotta go!  Talk to you later!"   Not the best day of my life.   The next three or four days, I had to mentally detach myself from the whole situation.     
Sept 2007 -- CD4 = 68; VL = 469,000
Started Atripla Sept 21, 2007
Nov 2007-CD4=217;VL=332
Feb 2008-CD4=237;VL=<50
Apr 2008-CD4=271;VL=66
Aug 2008-CD4=440;VL=52
Jan 2009-CD4=403;VL=61
May 2009-CD4=480;VL=129
Sep 2009-CD4=376;VL<40
Jan 2010-CD4=476;VL<40
Jul 2010-CD4=539;VL<40
Jan 2011-CD4=461;VL=53
Jul 2011-CD4=515;VL<20
Jan 2012-CD4=506;VL=54
Aug 2012-CD4=440;VL=21
Jan 2013-CD4=447;VL=<20
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Offline emeraldize

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 August 20, 2003 roughly 5:30 p.m. in the testing counselor's office at an ASO.

Offline minismom

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I was at my parents house with Mini and her 2 older brothers (all we had at the time).  Doc called and told me to sit down, that the news wasn't good.  It was Mini's 8wk birthday.  Hubby was at work and I wouldn't call him and tell him.  He found out that night just before 11pm.

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Offline Lis

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december 1986..

got a certified letter from the red cross..

opened it at the old post station in williamsburg Virigina...

the rest priceless....
poz 1986....

Offline cubbybear

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In the hospital bed in September 2005.  I was kinda dying.  I'm still dying, just a lot slower now ;) 
There's a bear in there!
Positive since 2000
Diagnosed 17/9/2005 CD4 35 VL 293,000
Meds 23/9/2005 Sustiva/Truvada
Currently CD4 232 VL Undetectable

Offline blue2boy

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at home,july 2006..my ex partner phoned me, just tested poz. and we knew he got it from me.the next day I was tested poz.

Offline Central79

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January 19th 2006 at the Mortimer Market Clinic in Central London. I tested because all my lymph nodes had come up but I was hoping it was syphilis  or even lymphoma. I laughed when they told me. On my way home I saw a guy in my year of med school - we were both going to be surgeons. I was really glad he didn't see me. Took a call about a summer job on my way and was generally surprised about how well I'd taken it. That soon changed!
Diagnosed January 2006
26/1/06 - 860 (22%), VL > 500,000
24/4/06 - 820 (24.6%), VL 158,000
13/7/06 - 840 (22%), VL 268,000
1/11/06 - 680 (21%), VL 93,100
29/1/07 - 1,020 (27.5%), VL 46,500
15/5/07 - 1,140 (22.8%), VL not done.
13/10/07 - 759 (23.2%), VL 170,000
6/11/07 - 630 (25%), VL 19,324
14/1/08 - 650 (21%), VL 16,192
15/4/08 - 590 (21%), VL 40, 832

Offline carousel

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Friday 28 May 2004, Bank Holiday weekend, at about 6pm at the Victoria Clinic in Pimlico.  One of those walk in services, where they told me in 20 minutes and there was no support, just a nurse asking if I was alright.

Was on my way to meet a friend, who I thought there was a chance I'd infected, though luckily I didn't.

Went and sat by the River, just staring into space.  I chickened out of telling him that night, told him a few days later.

Offline Cliff

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Planned parenthood in Houston, from a very nice and supportive nurse (who didn't want me to go).  I don't remember the date anymore.  Sometime in June 2003 probably.  Coming up on my 5th year now and things are much better than what I imagined they would be in 03. 

Offline GSOgymrat

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I'm surprised so many people found out over the telephone. At Planned Parenthood they made you come in for the results, whether positive or negative, so they could provide counseling.

 


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