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JaviHappy:
Figured my topic would get more responses here. Read the archives and couldn't find anything on this. I know meds are very expensive. I know I won't ever be able able to afford them. I'm in California. I'm not documented. Practically been here my whole life. Is there any chance any of the many programs available would help a person like me? Are these programs only available to legal residents/citizens? I've yet to call any for the fear of having the phone slammed on me.

My health hasn't been the best lately. And 'm guessing its my immune system's way of saying It needs help. I believe I was infected in 2010. I tested positive in one of those anonymous testing places just recently. In 2010 I had a broken condom during insertive sex with a male. I have been bisexual for many years. Haven't had that many partners. I'm 100% sure I can pinpoint my seroconversion to August of 2010. I had a brief flu that included a rash, headaches, terrible sore throat, and general malaise. Broken condom and my brief sickness. Haven't had anything but safe sex ever since.
 
I work odd jobs. There's no way I'd ever be able to afford any meds. Sometimes I feel like I have just to ride it out till I die. I have a son. I want to see him grow up. I want to do what's necessary to take control of my health. I also can't go back to my country of origin. The only family I have is here. My son is here.  My legal situation in this country makes my mental health even worse. Can you guys point me in the right direction? Sorry for the mini essay. Just needed to say it aloud. I have nobody to talk to. No support system whatsoever. Been dealing with this alone.

Tonny2:
 8)Hi javihappy, welcome, I'm sorry I don't have an answer, but I'm sure someone here will know something that might help you. It 's good that you are practicing safe sex, welcome again. you will be fine. ok

Jeff G:
Hi Javi . I encourage you to make an appointment at an ASO and ask to see a social worker to discuss your financial situation and the fact that you are lacking the proper documents to get what you need . I'm thinking you can get help with your medications but haven't been able to find out with the quick search I did . A social worker most likely will be able to guide you .

Also ... I'm moving this thread to the Insurance and Benefits forum . Perhaps if you send a pm to JR Gabbard the moderator he can advise you about what your rights are on this matter .

JaviHappy:

--- Quote from: Jeff G on March 08, 2013, 06:19:10 PM ---Hi Javi . I encourage you to make an appointment at an ASO and ask to see a social worker to discuss your financial situation and the fact that you are lacking the proper documents to get what you need . I'm thinking you can get help with your medications but haven't been able to find out with the quick search I did . A social worker most likely will be able to guide you .

Also ... I'm moving this thread to the Insurance and Benefits forum . Perhaps if you send a pm to JR Gabbard the moderator he can advise you about what your rights are on this matter .

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Thanks. Sorry for putting this topic in the wrong place.

JaviHappy:

--- Quote from: pochas2 on March 08, 2013, 05:50:59 PM --- 8)Hi javihappy, welcome, I'm sorry I don't have an answer, but I'm sure someone here will know something that might help you. It 's good that you are practicing safe sex, welcome again. you will be fine. ok

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Thanks. I only added the safe sex thing because it would mean the only time I had a risky encounter was in 2010. Didn't mean I've only started having safe sex since I found out. I should also say safer sex. Again, thank you for the welcome.

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