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Offline NekkidJoe

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An Introduction
« on: October 20, 2011, 04:56:51 PM »
My name is Joseph and I'm 51 years old.  I was diagnosed in 1988 and seem to be a slow progresser.  I have never been on medications and the only health issues I have are fairly typical for someone my age.  I do keep listening for that shoe to drop.  I get labs done every three months.  If any thing changes I want to know about it ASAP. 

I live in a very small mountain town in Southeastern Arizona (4 miles from Mexico). We have a stable population of about 2000.  It is a friendly community surrounded by beautiful mountains . I am very Fortunate that I have not had to deal with taking meds and the side effects they can cause, the nearest ID Doctor is about 150 miles away.  Loneliness and stigma?  That is another kettle of fish.  I am scared to death that someone will find out about my status.  It's kind of sad considering I'm a medical case manager for the Ryan White program.

I think that's enough about me for now.  Have a great day!
Who you are has no adjectives.

Tested Positive in 1988
Last VL 1880 6/15/11
Last CD4 697 6/15/11

Offline Theyer

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Re: An Introduction
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2011, 06:20:03 PM »
Hello Joe,

Welcome and I am glad you decided to join us. I was enjoying your introduction until the scared to death bit, that sounds like an awful lot to carry.When not in London I live on a small island off the North coast off Scotland ,that added to where I spent the first 16 years off life means I have some idea off the ups and downs off beautifully isolated living.

I hope that as time progresses you will find the forums as supportive as I and others do. Look forward to hearing more from you.
theyer
"If we can find the money to kill people, we can find the money to help people ."  Tony Benn

Offline NekkidJoe

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Re: An Introduction
« Reply #2 on: October 20, 2011, 06:37:33 PM »
Thanks Theyer.  Perhaps "scared to death" is a little strong.  Very concerned is more appropriate.  We still have people here that believe you can "catch" Aids from a toilet seat or a shared cigaret.  I do a little education and out reach and the level of ignorance is amazing.
Who you are has no adjectives.

Tested Positive in 1988
Last VL 1880 6/15/11
Last CD4 697 6/15/11

Offline Theyer

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Re: An Introduction
« Reply #3 on: October 20, 2011, 06:50:11 PM »
Well you should never smoke on toilets,
"If we can find the money to kill people, we can find the money to help people ."  Tony Benn

Offline NekkidJoe

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Re: An Introduction
« Reply #4 on: October 20, 2011, 06:52:50 PM »
 ;D
Who you are has no adjectives.

Tested Positive in 1988
Last VL 1880 6/15/11
Last CD4 697 6/15/11

Offline rondrond

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Re: An Introduction
« Reply #5 on: October 20, 2011, 07:31:16 PM »
Welcome to the forums Joseph..






Ronnie
"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 NekkidJoe

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Re: An Introduction
« Reply #6 on: October 20, 2011, 08:37:05 PM »
Thank you Ronnie.
Who you are has no adjectives.

Tested Positive in 1988
Last VL 1880 6/15/11
Last CD4 697 6/15/11

Offline BT65

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Re: An Introduction
« Reply #7 on: October 21, 2011, 03:54:15 AM »
Welcome, Joe.  I have a sister that lives in Phoenix and have been there a few times to visit her.  I'm always amazed at the mountains in Arizona.  My sister took me to Sedona once and the beauty was indescribable.  If I was a millionaire, I would surely move there.

I look forward to hearing more from you.  Again, welcome!

Betty
I've never killed anyone, but I frequently get satisfaction reading the obituary notices.-Clarence Darrow

Offline wolfter

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Re: An Introduction
« Reply #8 on: October 21, 2011, 04:55:56 AM »
Good morning and welcome. 

Wolfie
productivity breeds content

Offline J.R.E.

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Re: An Introduction
« Reply #9 on: October 21, 2011, 07:51:12 AM »
Hi Joe,

Hello from Florida.  Welcome !

Ray  8)
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

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 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 6/4/14,  t-cells are at 423, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 13% 

  
 62 years young.

Offline denb45

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Re: An Introduction
« Reply #10 on: October 21, 2011, 12:58:35 PM »
Greeting from Albuquerque, NM and welcome to the forums Joe  ;)
"it's so nice to be insane, cause no-one ask you to explain" Helen Reddy cc 1974

Offline bear60

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Re: An Introduction
« Reply #11 on: October 21, 2011, 01:23:39 PM »
Hi
LTNP in Philadelphia.

Joel
Poz Bear Type in Philadelphia

Offline AndyArrow

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Re: An Introduction
« Reply #12 on: October 23, 2011, 12:14:17 AM »
Greetings & Welcome to the forums, Joseph!
It is not the arrival that matters.  It is the journey along the way. -- Michel Montaigne

Offline aztecan

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Re: An Introduction
« Reply #13 on: October 23, 2011, 06:53:09 PM »
Hey Joseph,

Welcome aboard!

I am a medical case manager in the Four Corners, but on the New Mexico side.

I hear you about the ignorance.

Glad you've joined in.

HUGS,

Mark
"May your life preach more loudly than your lips."
~ William Ellery Channing (Unitarian Minister)

Offline Sfteve

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Hi Joseph
« Reply #14 on: November 03, 2011, 09:10:43 PM »
Greetings from Santa Fé, NM.

This forum is been very helpful in getting to know people and resources to organize my medical care in a new place since I moved here about one year ago.

Living in a remote location can be hard for a social life. Hope that visiting here you may meet people close to you.

Hugs, Steve
 

 
HIV since 1984, Cancer survivor since 1996.
Tcells= 678, Undetectable
Prezista
Truvada
Norvir

Offline LongTimeSurvivor

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  • I don'no...there may be Zombears...in theres...
Re: An Introduction
« Reply #15 on: February 11, 2012, 08:36:20 PM »
Just noticed this...not sure if I should welcome you or you welcome me since you came aboard at least a month ahead of me. In NYC, which surprisingly, can be as isolating as any place. Anyway, howdy...enjoy the company...would offer some Cheez-its but my arm won't reach that far.
Of course it's important. It's an email...

 


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