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Hello all,
I know it's difficult to up and move, but I don't understand how a LTSer can live in a Red state where the state keeps closing hiv clinics. I live in a small, gay town in MA and we have a great non-profit health organization. My doc is an Infectious disease doc who moved here when they closed St. Vincent's hospital in Greenwich Village, NY. He spends as much time as I need with me, 3 or 4 times per year. Our clinic is part of the Beth Israel Teaching Hospital in Boston, so whatever specialists we need come out here once or twice a month, Pulmonologists, etc.

We have a great ADAP program (called HDAP in MA), without any waiting list to get on the program. The same goes for ADAP in NY, and both states allow the Max income, that the Feds allow, to still be eligible for ADAP.
Hugs from Provincetown, Deiby

Hi deibster.

I totally agree that it would be much easier, as far as hiv care goes, to live in a 'progressive' state, rather than a backwards one like AL.   The thing about that is:
this is our home.   I was born and grew up here.   I have lived in two other states during my lifetime (GA and OK) but in the end, I moved back home.  My two brothers live here.   One of them provides MAJOR support to me and my partner.  My best friend of 36 yrs. lives here.  My partner still has both parents living (age 90 and 91), in AL.

So, do we move to a more progressive state like MA, or even CA, where we don't know anyone but would have better hiv care?  Or do we stick it out where we are, with family/friends and not-so-top-notch care?   It's a hard decision, and believe me, it is one we have pondered often.   Unfortunately, there is no easy answer. 

I'd say that for right now, we're doing the best we can.   :D

Alan, I know what you mean about it being difficult to move from your home.  I live in a red state, Indiana, and am only 20 minutes away from a town in Michigan, where I grew up. 

My daughter moved to Washington state and is always urging me to move there.  But, I'm familiar with this area, I have a great doctor, and a lot of my family still lives here.  Including my two oldest grandchildren.  So, while it may be nice to live in a more liberal area, it's not as easy as it sounds.

Hello my friends                             22 April 2014

I'm not going to attempt to post much today; my thoughts are all jumbled up, and I am still reeling from just learning that Rocky has died.   It is my own fault for not knowing; I don't check in to the forums much, and when I do, I only come to LTS, not Living With.

Just wanted to say hello, that I love you all, and that I could REALLY use a "group hug" today.   There are days that I feel I have outlived my usefulness, and today is one of them.   I'm going to try to relax now, and count all the many blessing I have in my life to be grateful for.

HUGS -- Alan

I'm so sorry that you're feeling this way.  I'm sure a lot of it is dealing with the sudden loss of Rocky.  I truly believe that everyone was upset and full of shock and never considered if everyone who knew him had heard the news.

I couldn't even bring myself to comment at first and then it was a short quick post. 

Sending part of that group hug now. 

huge hugs buddy


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