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Offline ThatsAll

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Tested Positive Recently
« on: January 29, 2011, 12:11:52 AM »
Hi!
My name is Javier. I recently tested positive, and have been feeling down. I had what I think was a seroconversion illness. I had a sore throat, slight headaches, eye floaters everywhere, sinus symptoms, phlegm in my throat, congestion, and a rash of about 15 red little marks, which I thought were a result of riding roller coasters the day they showed up. I talked to the counselor where I tested and he said hiv really doesn't cause most of these symptoms. He said I just happened to get sick around the time of my window period. Read a lot info here already.


I was infected by a woman was staying with recently. Me and my long time gf had broken up. I was really unlucky and had a broken condom. One time exposure and caught this awful virus. I dont blame her at all. Just one of those things that happens in life. She knew her status and never told me. She said it wasn't my business to know. Whatever, can't dwell on that anymore. I'm here, I am a man, I must deal with it.


I have two sons, seven, and three years old. Really scared I wont see them grow up. I have no insurance and I can't afford any medications. I have carried on just for them. I have yet to get my first labs done. Hope I can go without meds for a while.

Sorry for any grammatical errors, English is not my native tongue. Lookin forward to getting to know some new people. From what I have read, you guys are full of support. You guys don't judge on color, nationality, sexual preference, and I am lucky to have found this site.

Thanks...

Offline komnaes

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Re: Tested Positive Recently
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2011, 04:39:58 AM »
Sorry to hear about your diagnosis Javier.

You will find these forums a good source of supports and information. But back to your concern about not being able to afford meds - since you mentioned insurance, I am assuming that you're in the US? I am not from the States but there are ways to get into drug assistant programs when you need to be on medication. And even in other countries without universal health care one may still be able to find local or UN-run programs (like in the Philippines, etc) for cheap(er) or even free meds.

It's of course up to you but if you can let the forums know at least which country or state (in the US) you're located we may have the information you need.

Best of luck, Shaun
Aug 07 Diagnosed
Oct 07 CD4=446(19%) Feb 08 CD4=421(19%)
Jun 08 CD4=325(22%) Jul 08 CD4=301(18%)
Sep 08 CD4=257/VL=75,000 Oct 08 CD4=347(16%)
Dec 08 CD4=270(16%)
Jan 09 CD4=246(13%)/VL=10,000
Feb 09 CD4=233(15%)/VL=13,000
Started meds Sustiva/Epzicom
May 09 CD4=333(24%)/VL=650
Aug 09 CD4=346(24%)/VL=UD
Nov 09 CD4=437(26%)/VL=UD
Feb 10 CD4=471(31%)/VL=UD
June 10 CD4=517 (28%)/VL=UD
Sept 10 CD4=687 (31%)/VL=UD
Jan 11 CD4=557 (30%)/VL=UD
April 11 CD4=569 (32%)/VL=UD
Switched to Epizcom, Reyataz and Norvir
(Interrupted for 2 months with only Epizcom & Reyataz)
July 11 CD=520 (28%)/VL=UD
Oct 11 CD=771 (31%)/VL=UD(<30)
April 12 CD=609 (28%)/VL=UD(<20)
Aug 12 CD=657 (29%)/VL=UD(<20)
Dec 12 CD=532 (31%)/VL=UD(<20)
May 13 CD=567 (31%)/VL=UD(<20)
Jan 14 CD=521 (21%)/VL=UD(<50)

Offline ThatsAll

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Re: Tested Positive Recently
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2011, 07:56:35 AM »
Sorry to hear about your diagnosis Javier.

You will find these forums a good source of supports and information. But back to your concern about not being able to afford meds - since you mentioned insurance, I am assuming that you're in the US? I am not from the States but there are ways to get into drug assistant programs when you need to be on medication. And even in other countries without universal health care one may still be able to find local or UN-run programs (like in the Philippines, etc) for cheap(er) or even free meds.

It's of course up to you but if you can let the forums know at least which country or state (in the US) you're located we may have the information you need.

Best of luck, Shaun
Hi, Shaun. Thanks you for replying. I'm in Southern California. Looking forward to chat wih you some more..

Offline Maelrod

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Re: Tested Positive Recently
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2011, 09:40:02 PM »
Javier sorry to hear what happen on your life,is sure no one of us wanna be in this cituation, things like this happen and we can't go back, you are lucky cuz have 2 Child's, you are in the USA no matter that u don't have insurance the state must have program to help you to pay medication...
Is better STOp living in the past, the I SHOULDn't doesn't exist.

Offline ThatsAll

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Re: Tested Positive Recently
« Reply #4 on: January 30, 2011, 06:07:44 AM »
Javier sorry to hear what happen on your life,is sure no one of us wanna be in this cituation, things like this happen and we can't go back, you are lucky cuz have 2 Child's, you are in the USA no matter that u don't have insurance the state must have program to help you to pay medication...
Thanks for your kind words. My situation could be worse. I always keep that in mind.

Offline Inchlingblue

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Re: Tested Positive Recently
« Reply #5 on: January 30, 2011, 05:36:52 PM »
Even though the health care system is totally F*#%ed up in the US please don't give up even if you have no insurance. You may be able to qualify for ADAP or other programs.

In this day and age, especially if caught early enough, you can live a normal life with HIV. Not to downplay HIV but it rally is not the horror show that it once was. There's no reason you can't see your kids grow up.

Are you able to find a local AIDS Service Organization (ASO) that can help you get assistance with meds/labs?

This link might help:

http://www.asofinder.com/

 


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