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Author Topic: Ageing with HIV: attitudes of gay men shaped by length of diagnosis  (Read 8157 times)

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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Ageing with HIV: attitudes of gay men shaped by length of diagnosis
« Reply #50 on: November 22, 2011, 08:17:12 AM »


Ray, I am amazed you kept it all these years.

I very seldom throw anything away !  I almost lost this paper in 1993, during the " No name storm",  That hit the west coast of Florida.

http://www2.sptimes.com/Weather/SW.3.html


  Fortunately, Ed and I got all the important paper work  up to a safe height.  We had about 2 1/2 feet of water in the house during that storm.

Anyway, I'll pull it out of its plastic bag, and  post a few pictures of it, this weekend, when I am a little more clear headed ! It's kind of hard to read.


Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune, Epzicom, 40mg of simvastatin, 12.5mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Metoprolol tartrate 25mg



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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 8/2514,  t-cells are at 402, Viral load <40

 Current % is at 11%

  
 62 years young.

Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Ageing with HIV: attitudes of gay men shaped by length of diagnosis
« Reply #51 on: November 22, 2011, 10:39:00 AM »
I don't have the copy of my diagnosis test. I took the test in a private doctor's office and it was just filed away. I do have a copy of my first cd4 test.
"Iíve slept with enough men to know that Iím not gay"

Offline denb45

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Re: Ageing with HIV: attitudes of gay men shaped by length of diagnosis
« Reply #52 on: November 22, 2011, 11:08:26 AM »
I don't have a copy of the western Blotter test I took on the job back in June or 87, I might have burned it in effigy, as I was so devastated by this news, after that, I just waited for the other shoe to drop, you know, back then, everyone associated HIV/AIDS with being queer, so there went my Carree, it was only a matter of time before word got around, and the stigma was too much for me to take  ???
"it's so nice to be insane, cause no-one ask you to explain" Helen Reddy cc 1974

Offline AlanBama

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Re: Ageing with HIV: attitudes of gay men shaped by length of diagnosis
« Reply #53 on: November 22, 2011, 12:45:34 PM »
I don't believe I ever saw a "letter" or report of a positive test; I was told over the phone, by a lab tech at my Dr's office....that was March 1987.   In hindsight, I wish I had kept more paperwork, regarding my health status....I always advise newbies to keep a health journal, and write down everything that happens, the date, who did it, etc....also, include when you started meds, when you stopped them, and why.   So frequently, I am asked about a medication..."have you ever taken XXX"?  yes I know I have, but I have no idea exactly when, or why I stopped taking it.....

I do have the letter that "fired me" from my first job for being gay, in 1979....

When I was told to 'get my affairs in order' I threw out many treasures, cards and letters, mementos, paperwork...I did keep photos though.  I'm thankful for that.
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Offline AndyArrow

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Re: Ageing with HIV: attitudes of gay men shaped by length of diagnosis
« Reply #54 on: November 22, 2011, 01:20:09 PM »
Alan that is great advice.  I wish I would have done that. 

The other day I was going through my doctors and I couldn't remember the name of the DR who pushed me to get a feeding tube when my esophagus kept closing and I was down to 79lbs.  ???
It is not the arrival that matters.  It is the journey along the way. -- Michel Montaigne

Offline wolfter

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Re: Ageing with HIV: attitudes of gay men shaped by length of diagnosis
« Reply #55 on: November 22, 2011, 02:38:50 PM »
That is excellent advice Alan.  I've tried to recreate my history, but not much luck.  Suffered brain fade for so long and also throwing out a lot of important information after also being told to get my affairs in order.  I was too concerned with my loved ones having to read through all of it.  Or perhaps a bit shameful? 
Complacency is the enemy.  ;)  Challenge yourself daily for maximum  return on investment.

Offline MarcoPoz

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Re: Ageing with HIV: attitudes of gay men shaped by length of diagnosis
« Reply #56 on: November 22, 2011, 03:03:14 PM »
I think an important point going missed here is that I'm not sure it has as much to do with sexual orientation--as the title suggests, but length of diagnosis.  I'm not sure that those of us who are straight and have lived with HIV 20 years plus, feel any different than gay men who have had HIV the same length of time.

Offline wolfter

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Re: Ageing with HIV: attitudes of gay men shaped by length of diagnosis
« Reply #57 on: November 22, 2011, 03:26:13 PM »
I think an important point going missed here is that I'm not sure it has as much to do with sexual orientation--as the title suggests, but length of diagnosis.  I'm not sure that those of us who are straight and have lived with HIV 20 years plus, feel any different than gay men who have had HIV the same length of time.

I don't think anyone misses that point.  The study was of gay men's attitudes.  All LTS share the core issues and all have the scars to prove it.  One group's suffering is no worse than the other's. 
Complacency is the enemy.  ;)  Challenge yourself daily for maximum  return on investment.

Offline denb45

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Re: Ageing with HIV: attitudes of gay men shaped by length of diagnosis
« Reply #58 on: November 22, 2011, 03:27:51 PM »
I think an important point going missed here is that I'm not sure it has as much to do with sexual orientation--as the title suggests, but length of diagnosis.  I'm not sure that those of us who are straight and have lived with HIV 20 years plus, feel any different than gay men who have had HIV the same length of time.

I here ya there Marco,  HIV/AIDS stigma is still stigma, Str8 or Gay, thanks for bringing that up  ;)
"it's so nice to be insane, cause no-one ask you to explain" Helen Reddy cc 1974

Offline Theyer

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Re: Ageing with HIV: attitudes of gay men shaped by length of diagnosis
« Reply #59 on: November 23, 2011, 06:11:41 AM »
This study Is a helpfull addition to the information base for those treating people with Hiv , particularly in mental health.
"If we can find the money to kill people, we can find the money to help people ."  Tony Benn

Offline denb45

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Re: Ageing with HIV: attitudes of gay men shaped by length of diagnosis
« Reply #60 on: November 23, 2011, 10:20:46 AM »
Reading all this stuff bring up a lotta shit for me  :'(  I'm gonna need to go see my shrink again, I think it's time  ;D
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Offline Theyer

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Re: Ageing with HIV: attitudes of gay men shaped by length of diagnosis
« Reply #61 on: November 23, 2011, 10:32:59 AM »
Dennis , I am currently waiting for my first appointment with the counselors, which is something I have also done for varying periods since i was 24, so if we feel rebellious we can bitch about them behind there backs.

love
m
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Offline denb45

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Re: Ageing with HIV: attitudes of gay men shaped by length of diagnosis
« Reply #62 on: November 23, 2011, 10:45:43 AM »
Dennis , I am currently waiting for my first appointment with the counselors, which is something I have also done for varying periods since i was 24, so if we feel rebellious we can bitch about them behind there backs.

love
m

 :-* Thanks Theyer, but lately I'm not doing too well in the Mental Health Dept. @ least I have the balls to admit this, and it's the 1st step to getting to the bottom of the way I've been feeling  ??? however your suggestion " we can bitch about them behind there backs " sounds  like FUN to me  :D
"it's so nice to be insane, cause no-one ask you to explain" Helen Reddy cc 1974

Offline AndyArrow

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Re: Ageing with HIV: attitudes of gay men shaped by length of diagnosis
« Reply #63 on: November 24, 2011, 11:59:30 AM »
I just saw mine recently and switched from Sertraline back to Fluoxetine and now take 80mg   :-\
It is not the arrival that matters.  It is the journey along the way. -- Michel Montaigne

 


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