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Offline goinginsane

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To the AidsMEds Forum
« on: June 16, 2011, 05:25:39 AM »
Hello aidsmeds forum,
I have been lurking on the site for about a week or so now.  I was diagnosed with HSV 1 and 2 after a sexual assault and I was also very afraid that I had contracted HIV based on my odd symptoms compared to “classic” HSV cases (I’m 23 btw). I just took my 3-month rapid finger prick test and NEGATIVE!!  I am ecstatic. I like to think that everything happens for a reason and I was CONVINCED I had HIV for the past month (I had even made a career and social plan for such a diagnosis). Granted, HSV is no happy diagnoses after such a terrible experience but I can live with that. After the prospect of a possible HIV diagnosis, HSV is NOTHING in comparison and it makes me so sad on the HSV forums when people are suicidal and such, at something so minor and COMMON (1 out of every 4)!!
I would like to thank all you members on this site. I was a little bit of a stalker and read all your posts. You are all such amazing people and I hope the best for you! In fact, I am close to graduating with my PharmD and this site, all you members and your stories, have convinced me to specialize in HIV/AIDs patient med management and RESEARCH. I was having a hard time finding a direction with my degree… I knew I didn’t want to be a “plain ol’ CVS pharmacist” and now I have found a specific passion in the field and I have all of you to thank!
I honestly believe that a cure is in sight. Even though I was not diagnosed with HIV (I thank my lucky stars) I want to dedicate my life to HIV/Aids activism and research.
Keep strong and adherent in your meds (HIV/Aids med adherence counseling was beat into us- I have very knowledgeable professors who believe that medication started early and proper adherence is the way to beat the virus- keep it up!).  You are all inspirations! Ann- you are wonderful and very attentive to the website- Kudos! I’m sure you have made a world of difference to fellow HIV patients, you should be very proud of yourself (I’m sure you are aware of how amazing you are ☺ ). Haha.. honestly some of the "am I infected" questions crack me up!!! But it's good people are aware of their sexual health and the need for continued testing.

Thanks again for the inspiration members!

Peace, love, happiness ☺ , and wellness!

P.S.- In a weird way I was looking forward to those Atripla dreams ;-)  - oh well... might as well keep working on those lucid dreaming skills.

Best wishes!

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Re: To the AidsMEds Forum
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2011, 07:59:59 AM »
insane,

Thank you for your kind words and congratulations on your conclusive negative test result.

You might want to talk to your doctor about taking acyclovir as a prophylactic for herpes. It's a very well tolerated drug and will save you the pain of outbreaks and also make you less likely to transmit herpes to others.

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection. Remember, it's not only attackers who may expose you to hiv, and not everyone accurately knows their hiv status regardless of what they may tell you. Be smart and protect yourself, every time, no exceptions.

You need to be using condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, every time, no exceptions until such time as you are in a securely monogamous relationship where you have both tested for ALL sexually transmitted infections together.

To agree to have unprotected intercourse is to consent to the possibility of being infected with an STI. Sex without a condom lasts only a matter of minutes, but hiv is forever.

Have a look through the condom and lube links in my signature line so you can use condoms with confidence.

Anyone who is sexually active should be having a full sexual health care check-up, including but not limited to hiv testing, at least once a year and more often if unprotected intercourse occurs.

If you aren't already having regular, routine check-ups, now is the time to start. As long as you make sure condoms are being used for intercourse, you can fully expect your routine hiv tests to return with negative results.

Don't forget to always get checked for all the other sexually transmitted infections as well, because they are MUCH easier to transmit than hiv.

Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, and you will avoid hiv infection. It really is that simple!

Good luck with your career choice. Who knows, you may one day be on the team who discovers a workable, functional cure.

Ann
« Last Edit: June 16, 2011, 08:02:36 AM by Ann »
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