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Author Topic: I test positive on April 21st!  (Read 2312 times)

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Offline Jayad

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I test positive on April 21st!
« on: June 23, 2010, 01:16:08 AM »
Hello all this is my first post since finding out I was positive on April 21st.  I am a 31 year old male.  Let me tell you, I was a wreck when I first found out I was poz.  I was uneducated and I thought I was going to be dead in 10 years.  When I look back I laugh that I even thought that way.  I am now educated about the disease and know it is not a death sentence.  It is so weird, but I am now happier than I have ever been in my life.  As anyone else had this happen to them? I am so happy and content with everything in my life much more so than when I was negative.  Is it because I now feel that I am part of as group?  I don't know but I feel as if I was destined to get HIV.  I also have another question, I want to work in the field of HIV now, maybe as a counselor or a case worker for HIV infected people.  First of all, can someone that is poz be a case worker or counselor for people that are poz, and if so, what kind of education or degree do I need to get a job like that?  Thanks for everyones time.

Good Health!!

Jayad

Tested Poz--Apr 21, 2010
CD4-692--Viral Load 17100--May 2010
April 21, 2010-Tested Positive
May 26, 2010-CD4-692 (39%) VL 17100. No Meds.
September 8, 2010-CD4-551 (37%) VL 10241 Still no Meds
Found to have resistance to Videx, Rescriptor, Sustiva, Viramune, Viracept.
December 1, 2010-CD4-476 (34%) VL 38000.
December 5, 2010-Started Combivir.
January 13, 2011-No CD4 Count Done. VL 190!!!!!!
January 15, 2011-Started Viread and Intelence
Feb 15, 2011-Undetectable!!!
April 15, 2011-CD4 898 (43.4%) U/D

Offline Jeff G

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Re: I test positive on April 21st!
« Reply #1 on: June 23, 2010, 01:37:41 AM »
Welcome to the forums Jayad .

If you are for real about finding joy in your new status with HIV I would suggest some counseling before I considered pursuing your dream of counseling others with Aids . I am pretty sure you are alone about feeling happy to being diagnosed with HIV and may have a problem relating to how others feel about testing positive .  

Offline Jayad

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Re: I test positive on April 21st!
« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2010, 01:42:17 AM »
Well let me clarify, I am not happy that I am HIV positive, but I am happy living with the disease.  I would love to be HIV neg, but after my grieving process, I realized I am going to be OK, I also suspected I had it for a while and I guess getting the test and finally knowing was also a relief and made me a happier person.  Everyone's case with HIV is different and I know this, that's why I think I would be a good counselor or case worker. 
April 21, 2010-Tested Positive
May 26, 2010-CD4-692 (39%) VL 17100. No Meds.
September 8, 2010-CD4-551 (37%) VL 10241 Still no Meds
Found to have resistance to Videx, Rescriptor, Sustiva, Viramune, Viracept.
December 1, 2010-CD4-476 (34%) VL 38000.
December 5, 2010-Started Combivir.
January 13, 2011-No CD4 Count Done. VL 190!!!!!!
January 15, 2011-Started Viread and Intelence
Feb 15, 2011-Undetectable!!!
April 15, 2011-CD4 898 (43.4%) U/D

Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: I test positive on April 21st!
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2010, 01:48:28 AM »
Well let me clarify, I am not happy that I am HIV positive, but I am happy living with the disease.  I would love to be HIV neg, but after my grieving process, I realized I am going to be OK, I also suspected I had it for a while and I guess getting the test and finally knowing was also a relief and made me a happier person.  Everyone's case with HIV is different and I know this, that's why I think I would be a good counselor or case worker. 

Hey Jayad,

I'm sure you'd make a smashing counsellor too. What JG is saying is you should settle into your diagnosis (it can take longer than you might think) and then undertake some professional training in working with people with HIV.

Also, welcome to the Forums. :)

MtD

Offline Jayad

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Re: I test positive on April 21st!
« Reply #4 on: June 23, 2010, 01:53:03 AM »
Thanks.  Well I don't think I can just get hired right off the bat too, I know its going to take some schooling.  But thanks both of you for the insight, I appreciate it greatly.  Also I had another question, is anyone on here going on that HIV cruise in October?
April 21, 2010-Tested Positive
May 26, 2010-CD4-692 (39%) VL 17100. No Meds.
September 8, 2010-CD4-551 (37%) VL 10241 Still no Meds
Found to have resistance to Videx, Rescriptor, Sustiva, Viramune, Viracept.
December 1, 2010-CD4-476 (34%) VL 38000.
December 5, 2010-Started Combivir.
January 13, 2011-No CD4 Count Done. VL 190!!!!!!
January 15, 2011-Started Viread and Intelence
Feb 15, 2011-Undetectable!!!
April 15, 2011-CD4 898 (43.4%) U/D

Offline hotpuppy

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Re: I test positive on April 21st!
« Reply #5 on: June 24, 2010, 09:34:23 AM »
Jayad,
  Welcome to the forums.  Most organizations who provide counseling services do not discriminate on the basis of HIV status.  So, yes, you could certainly volunteer or work as a counselor, peer mentor, or case worker.  Some positions may require more training than others.

  I would suggest that you look for a social group near where you live as that may help you acclimate better. 

  I'm not going on the cruise in October, but a vacation with other guys can be alot of fun.  I went on one in January.  Almost everyone had a good time. 

Don't obsess over the wrong things.  Life isn't about your numbers, it isn't about this forum, it isn't about someone's opinion.  It's about getting out there and enjoying it.   I am a person with HIV - not the other way around.

 


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