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Actony, I hope you're having a better day today.

You have friends here - friends who know and understand exactly what you're going through, even though the specifics of our circumstances may be different. An hiv diagnosis is a life-changing one no matter what line of work you're in, where you live, what your finances are like or any other life situation you find yourself in at diagnosis.

Yes, we have all been in that dark, newly diagnosed place you're in, but what's important is that we are still here to talk about it! Many of us are thriving with hiv, not just living with hiv. You can too.

Hiv is life-changing for sure, but YOU still have a lot more control over those changes than you may realise right now.

There's a saying you may be familiar with that applies very much to the newly-diagnosed situation: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade!

The life-changing aspect of an hiv diagnosis is what you make it. You can use it to become a stronger, more compassionate person, or you can use it to bury yourself in fear and self-loathing and by doing so, no longer able to make a worthwhile contribution to society.

You have the means at your disposal to make a very worthwhile contribution to society. You have years of medical training that do not have to go to waste.

If you allow your hiv diagnosis to make you a stronger, more compassionate person, it will enable you to become a doctor who has excellent doctor/patient relationships.

As someone who will now be regularly on the receiving end of care, rather than the giving side of care, you will begin to understand just how important it is that your doctor is caring and compassionate.

If you can emulate the compassionate hiv doctors you encounter, you'll be well on your way to being an excellent physician regardless of what your speciality may be.

There are countries who permit hiv positive doctors to even perform surgery, so you're not necessarily stuck living where you're not happy. You have the internet - you can do the research to find out what the laws/practices are in other countries who do not unfairly discriminate doctors by not allowing them to do certain procedures.

Universal precautions work to prevent occupational transmission where hiv is concerned, and any medics should be practising UP regardless of where they practice. Attitudes towards hiv positive medical personnel have been changing (for the better) for the past few years and you can be part of that change.

If you look at it from that perspective, you'll see a bright future for yourself.


Hey guys so it's been a while since I've been here. I'm doing a lot better than I did when I was diagnosed making some progress. However today was with my ID doctor, and the dilemma at the moment is what meds to go with. She wants me to go in a 3 pill a day treatment. If rather have a one pill combo to ensure better compliance. I can't take atripla because I work shifts in the emergency department. Complera which is my other option has to be taken with a strick calorie requirement. I'm a very erratic eater and will find it difficult to stick to taking a specific calorie meal at the same time every day especially since I work shifts.
I'm getting rather upset with the limitations in my options due to work and calorie requirements.
Any advice guys.

Hi Actonye, good to hear from you and I'm glad you're doing better. You had some people here (me included) very worried about you.

You still have other ONCE a day combo options available to you.

The number of pills you take ONCE a day should have no bearing on your ability to remain compliant. It's no more difficult nor time-consuming to take one pill or ten when you're taking them all at the same time.

One ONCE a day combo I can highly recommend (because I'm on it) is Prezista, Norvir and Truvada. Because you take two Prezista tablets, it's a four pill combo - but you only have to take it ONCE a day.

It's also very effective against hiv.

There is a food requirement with the Prezista component, but it's not calorie-specific. You can either take it with a normal (for you) meal, or you can take it with a small snack.

A cup of tea or coffee with a biscuit (cookie) or two is enough. Or a glass of milk. Or a snickers bar. You just need enough to get your gastric juices flowing.

It can be taken any time of the day; whatever is convenient for you. I take mine when I have something to eat in the afternoon, and I swallow them all down in one gulp with a drink of water.

One pill or four - they can easily go down in one.

Another ONCE a day option you may be offered which involves more than one pill is very similar to the one above - Reyataz is substituted for Prezista. The Norvir and Truvada stay the same.

I opted for Prezista rather than Reyataz for one simple reason - Reyataz (harmlessly) elevates some people's bilirubin levels, which can cause yellowing of the eyes. I decided I didn't want to deal with (the possibility of) yellow eyes, so I went with Prezista.

There are various other once a day options (involving more than one pill). Hopefully others will chime in with their once a day, multi-pill combos.

You have plenty of options available to you, so relax.

You can read about the various meds in our Treatments section.


Hey Ann thanks so much for ur reply. Thanks also about worrying about me. You guys are awesome. My new extended family. I am much happier in myself and coping better. I'm thinking I'll seek a second opinion from the professor regarding my treatment. A few of the combos you've mentioned are not available here in ireland. Cost or something not sure. Anyway I'll do a little bit more research and figure out what will work best for me.  Oh can't wait to feel normal again.

 I told you it gets easier! Welcome back.


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