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Online ppoz_may2016

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Just tested positive!
« on: May 16, 2016, 07:12:05 AM »
I am a 32 years old Indian male and I work for an IT company. Because of the nature of my work, I get to work in different countries for several years. I had lived in the US for nearly 6 years (2009-2015) and was then deployed in Mexico in September 2015 and that is where in contracted HIV. I had taken a 4th generation DUO test in August 2015 and March 2016 and they came back negative.

I consider myself extremely unlucky because I had only one risk exposure with a stripper in a club on April 15th 2016 and it was only Oral sex (both giving and receiving). 3-4 days after the exposure, I started thinking about it more (that I could be infected), started researching about early HIV symptoms and eventually started having panic attacks. I found a good psychiatrist and an infectious disease specialist.

I thought I would feel better if I found out her (stripper’s) HIV status. It wasn't a pleasant experience as she declined taking the test and I eventually had to pay her a lot of money to take it. Her result came back Positive.

Meanwhile, I was having ARS symptoms like body rash, pink eye, Oral thrush and diarrhea within 2 weeks of exposure. I still have the thrush and loose motions.  This convinced me that I am HIV-positive as well. I took the PCR & 4th Gen Duo test and I was confirmed HIV+ on 13th of May. I am still waiting for my CD4 count results.

Because of the lack of knowledge and education about HIV/AIDS in India, there is a lot of stigma about the disease. I know it exists in much developed countries like UK, USA, Mexico etc too but it is extreme in developing countries like India.

Based on my situation, I have a few options:

1.) Stay in Mexico, get the treatment here and apply for a citizenship
2.) Move to the United States and apply for Permanent residence
3.) Move back to India for good and get the treatment there.

Among the above options, option 3 is the easiest. However, my dream/goal is to live outside India and work with customers/companies in US. Being an IT Business Architect, I want to work closely with clients in the US and I enjoy the amount of respect and acknowledgement I get doing this job. It is not the same back in India. Also, the climate and lack of basic facilities like electricity (frequent power cuts in extreme heat) and no clean water can be very depressing.


I can travel to US but I must declare my HIV status to my employer and be declared medically fit by the medical practitioners in India before they can file my VISA for US, which os highly unlikely. Even if I somehow do manage to go to US, my insurance will not cover for my medicines in the US. I will have to get them from India.

I was able to cope up with my HIV+ news relatively well as I had prepared myself for the worst days before the test and also may be because I am on anti-depressants, however, the hardest part for me is that I may not be able to achieve my goals.
More than the disease itself, what saddens me the most is that I may not be able to accomplish and do what I love doing because of it.

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Re: Just tested positive!
« Reply #1 on: May 16, 2016, 10:19:49 AM »
Hello ppoz_may2016..

Am really sorry to hear your diagnosis.. In fact, I am also new here since I just got my dx on March 2016 and on med right now.. In terms of career, your story kinda alike to mine bcoz this dx came in the moment that my career starts shining. But one thing for sure, be Poz is not end of our story. You will meet many people in this forum who have incredible successful life and career. I have no experience in immigration or working overseas related issues, but my gut surely said choices are still in your hands. Be Poz or not, our life is full of choices. Each choice has its own pro-con, plus and minus. Feel free to choose! Keep spirit up, pal.... Dream is still ours!

Cheers, Cello  :) ;)g

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« Reply #2 on: May 17, 2016, 03:11:45 AM »
Thank you Cello.

You are right. I am just too worried right now and none of my friends or family know about this situation. Maybe I will get more clarity immigration soon.

I can't wait for my VL and CD4 results. How have your results been? What medicine are you on?

Cheers,
Ppoz

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Re: Just tested positive!
« Reply #3 on: May 17, 2016, 05:28:57 AM »
Yeah, thats quite right, everything will be okey..
My CD4 when dx came up is 577/22%, VL not checked after 6 weeks on meds my CD4 boost to 755/21%, VL result hasn't been finished yet (it takes whole week here in Asia). For meds, I got 3 kinds of meds (Tenofovir, Lamivudine, and Efavirenz), comparing to other countries, nowadays meds generally comes in FDC (Fixed-Dose-Combination) so you won't be bothered with many kinds of meds consumed daily. I think my case just happened in some developing countries Europe and US will enjoy much better situation, but still am grateful at least.
Find the doctor who can build good communication with you so you also will feel freely to share all things, it will be much helped.
Don't to focus on CD4 (It just to pinpoint your start line), the important thing you are on Medication. Everything will get better and better and VL undetectable (I still finger-crossing my VL will be same too :p ).

Seniors will tell you much moree info.... They are helpful and give you real practical advice..

Love ----- Cello

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Re: Just tested positive!
« Reply #4 on: May 19, 2016, 11:04:41 PM »
Hello ppoz_may2016, Sorry for your dx and we are here to help each other. There are few things I cant understand on what you explained. You said it was once and only oral sex? Wow.. Some of the symptoms you expose seem to be related to a more established, albeit untreated, infection rather than to an acute one. Of all the options you listed, although 3 seems to be the easiest for you, I would stay in Mexico or travel to the US. As long as you can prove you are not going to be a burden to taxpayers, you can freely enter the country and set up residence, get a job and pay for insurance. Mexico seems to offer much more relaxed options as meds are concerned and, besides, the climate and the Mexicans are wonderful. You will achieve your goals... Keep working at it!!!
We are all dealing with this. And we will live long and productive lives!! AND, yes the Lord is my shepherd

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Re: Just tested positive!
« Reply #5 on: May 22, 2016, 01:43:46 AM »
Hello JosephP,

I am so glad to have found this forum. There are so many motivational people here like yourself.

You are right. It was only a single exposure and only oral sex (both giving and receiving). I had a slight cut on my tongue and the my partner's urine test showed that she had an acute urinary tract infection with traces of blood in it.

I learned from my doctor yesterday that it wasn't really Oral thrush but a mild form of fungus. It cleared up with Nystatin and Probiotics in a few days. The probitics also helped with the diarrhea. However, recently I have had fever and my lymph nodes are slightly swollen. I still have rash but the doctor says it is most likely Eczema because it is very itchy. I'm going to see a dermatologist next week. I will hopefully have my VL and CD4 counts too by then.

You are right about the climate in Mexico and Mexican people. They are both wonderful.

Ppoz

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Re: Just tested positive!
« Reply #6 on: May 23, 2016, 03:09:04 PM »
PP, I am not convinced you are in fact HIV positive.  It would be beyond unusual for you to have been infected through mutual oral sex, particularly if you had no other risks.

I suggest you have a western blot done to confirm your result.  If you get a negative on the western blot it would overrule your previous results.  And despite what you have said about your symptoms, they are not HIV specific.

Let us know how your re-testing turns out.         
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« Reply #7 on: May 25, 2016, 12:42:01 AM »
Hi Andy,

My 4th generation DUO test showed Reactive. I agree that mutual oral sex is only a theoretical risk but like I mentioned, the girl had an acute urinary tract infection with traces of blood in her urine and I had cuts on my tongue.

My doctor did give me an option to take Western Blot but he also said that PCR test should also be confirmatory. I did take a Western Blot today after talking to my doctor and I will get the results in ~10 days.

I know that it is not important to focus on symptoms, I'm starting to get vivid dreams every night with a lot of sweating. My palms and hands are dry and itchy. They may be also be due to anxiety and dry weather here. My doctor told me that chance of a false positive with a 4th Gen Duo test is smaller than 1%. I am very anxious and it feels like my anti depressants are not working anymore.

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Re: Just tested positive!
« Reply #8 on: May 25, 2016, 12:50:08 AM »
Relax as much as possible. No matter what the ultimate may be you will be ok! Long life will go on
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Re: Just tested positive!
« Reply #9 on: May 25, 2016, 01:26:03 PM »
I very much agree with Rizzy that life will go on either way.  But I am awaiting your western test result.

Good luck.

Andy Velez

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Re: Just tested positive!
« Reply #10 on: May 25, 2016, 03:10:25 PM »
Like Andy says, if that was your one and only risk incident (which wasn't really a risk), it is highly unlikely you are HIV+ and if you are, then it must have been some other incident that took place sometime.

But IF you do confirm the diagnosis, how you got it really doesn't matter anyway. There is no difference between someone who gets it through unprotected sex or a needle stick injury. It's the same virus, and the same treatment and thankfully in 2016 the same projected healthy life ahead of you.

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« Reply #11 on: May 26, 2016, 06:14:41 PM »
Thank you guys. This gives me hope as I wait for Western Blot results.

I have a question. As I mentioned in my earlier post that I have been having vivid dreams lately. I know that it is one of the side effects of some of the ARVs but I'm not sure why I am having these dreams since past one week. They are so vivid that I remember each and everything in detail. I have never had these unusual dreams before. Sometimes they are not scary, just odd.

Has anyone here experienced this?

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Re: Just tested positive!
« Reply #12 on: May 26, 2016, 07:09:00 PM »
if i'm understanding this, you're not on ARV meds, or PEP meds? and you're still waiting for a western blot confirmation of a reactive rapid test, correct?

vivid dreams are a side effect of a few specific meds, they are not a "symptom" of HIV

just be patient for your final result, get back to us when you know more




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« Reply #13 on: May 26, 2016, 10:10:04 PM »
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if i'm understanding this, you're not on ARV meds, or PEP meds? and you're still waiting for a western blot confirmation of a reactive rapid test, correct?

vivid dreams are a side effect of a few specific meds, they are not a "symptom" of HIV

just be patient for your final result, get back to us when you know more

Hi Zach,

That is correct. I am not on ARVs or PEPs. My 4th Gen DUO was reactive and I am waiting for Western blot confirmation.

I talked to my psychiatrist just a while ago and she thinks that vivid dreams and sweating are a common side effects of Luvox (Fluvoxamine). My dosage was increased from 100 mg to 200 mg after frequent panic/anxiety attacks and these symptoms are likely because of that.

Ppoz

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Re: Just tested positive!
« Reply #14 on: May 27, 2016, 01:18:27 AM »
Did u had any other exposure other than oral sex incident? Maybe the last time u tested negative it was not conclusive. U might had it from previous unprotected vagina exposure?

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« Reply #15 on: May 27, 2016, 01:27:12 AM »
Did u had any other exposure other than oral sex incident? Maybe the last time u tested negative it was not conclusive. U might had it from previous unprotected vagina exposure?

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« Reply #16 on: May 27, 2016, 02:14:36 AM »
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Re: Just tested positive!
« Reply #17 on: Today at 06:07:46 PM »
Just a couple of updates

My employer does allow HIV+ employees to work outside India only if they are declared "medically fit". Although one must disclose his/her HIV status to the employer.

The company insurance also covers for HIV medications in the US.

I called the lab today and they will send my Western Blot test result by 6th of June. Meanwhile, I am really struggling with skin problems lately. It is extremely flaky and is peeling around my nose and forehead. I had red blotches on my scalp which have improved with regular use of anti dandruff shampoo but the scalp is still flaky. I had a sunburn last weekend, could the peeling be to related to it?

Ppoz
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Re: Just tested positive!
« Reply #18 on: Today at 06:19:19 PM »
Still keeping my fingers crossed that you are negative..

As for the rash. Yes, sunburn will cause peeling.

Also around the nose/forehead, it could be seb derm (a form of eczema) which is common in the general population, not just folk with HIV. An anti fungal cream may help if thats what it is.

Vivid dreams sounds like anxiety to me.

Hope you get good news with the confirmatory test
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29th Dec 2015 - CD4 160, VL 70,363, CD4% 16
Started Septrin 31st Dec & Tivicay/Truvada 12th Jan 2016
9th February 2016 - CD4 245, VL 96, CD4% 19
8th March 2016 - VL 61 (no CD4 taken)
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