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Joe K:
Hey Thomas,

I'm sorry that you became poz, but glad you found your way to us.  Rather than regale you with comments on how you will be fine, etc., let me share my reality with you.  I've been poz for almost 30 years, I have reasonable health and I treat my HIV infection with three pills each day.  I have virtually no side effects from the meds and I've been on the same regime for over 9 years with no problem.

I was infected in 1985 or earlier, and I've lost more folks to this disease then I care to count.  That was then, this is now.  The choices today for treatment are incredible and as long as you commit to monitoring your health, there is a great chance that you won't die from HIV any time soon.

Just realize that you will face some challenges and we'll be here waiting for you.

Welcome to the forums.

Joe

tednlou2:
Thomas,

Just wanted to welcome you to the forums.  I look forward to hearing more from you.

Ted.

thomas1947:
Thanks for all the support. I cannot beat myself up, just have to take it one day at a time. Not even scheduled for my first appointment to get initial blood work other than the positive status from my Primary Care.
I know that this diagnosis has already given me lots to think about in terms of positive changes in my life.

thomas1947:
Just feeling a bit nervous today. I see in statistics that HIV men over 65 and over are only 2 % of the HIV population. I must say, I was spared hiv in the 80's when I lost 25 friends or more to the disease. Don't know if being older is riskier, but I am real healthy
I am grateful that today, the improvments in management are fantastic, and also grateful that there continues to be a network of support. I go for my initial blood work ( already had pos Western Blot) to see about viral load etc. It must be a relatively new disease as I was tested a few years ago, negative.
Think I know how I got it. I notified the guy by email, and told him if he wanted to talk about this, to call. Never heard back....... :-\

Jeff G:

--- Quote from: thomas1947 on April 02, 2013, 10:25:20 AM ---Just feeling a bit nervous today. I see in statistics that HIV men over 65 and over are only 2 % of the HIV population. I must say, I was spared hiv in the 80's when I lost 25 friends or more to the disease. Don't know if being older is riskier, but I am real healthy
I am grateful that today, the improvments in management are fantastic, and also grateful that there continues to be a network of support. I go for my initial blood work ( already had pos Western Blot) to see about viral load etc. It must be a relatively new disease as I was tested a few years ago, negative.
Think I know how I got it. I notified the guy by email, and told him if he wanted to talk about this, to call. Never heard back....... :-\

--- End quote ---

If you stop and think about it the world of geriatric care for HIV is a relatively new area so there will be skimpy data on the subject . Its a 30 year epidemic where most of the first wave of people affected passed on ... then comes 1995 - 96 and HART ... so you see where I'm going with this . It takes time to make an antique and I'm in the same demographic as you because I will soon be 51 .

You will have those nervous days but it gets better , I promise you it does get better .   

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