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Offline newbie92

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Life Changes...
« on: August 07, 2014, 07:25:39 PM »
I'm just curious to know...
Has being positive change your career?
Has being positive change your life for better or for worse?

Offline Cinnamon Dalia

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Re: Life Changes...
« Reply #1 on: January 09, 2015, 03:44:44 PM »
Wow, I'm kind of surprised no one has replied to these questions.

The truth is I'm really new at this (I found out I'm positive merely three months ago), but it hasn't really affected my career and since my husband and I got HIV at the same time, we've been supporting each other through all of this and that has made things considerably easier.

Once we realized we would be fine as long as we took care of ourselves and adopted a healthier lifestyle, we stopped worrying. We now even like to joke about it as "something else we have in common" :)

Regarding my career, I don't think HIV makes any difference in my field. Probably there are other fields where it might, I don't know. But I can tell you my work hasn't been affected. I guess that's why I am very optimistic about this.

But, I mean, I don't know, that's just me :)

Offline Weber

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Re: Life Changes...
« Reply #2 on: January 10, 2015, 12:18:29 AM »
Hi newbie,

My career isn't affected at all. I'm just as productive but only because I made major effort to keep it that way after my dx which is 6 months ago.

In other departments, I'd say so so. Situations like Cinnamon's should make it easier psychologically as you have a partner by your side that gives you strength.

My fiancée and I split after the news not because of HIV but because of betrayal (you can read my story in I just tested poz forum). Then I had some pretty bad experience with disclosure. Right now my whole energy is on my career, I take care of myself but became very reserved with disclosure which means I'm alone in my coping journey so far.

That's where I stand right now. What about you if you don't mind sharing?

Offline newbie92

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Re: Life Changes...
« Reply #3 on: January 13, 2015, 04:37:01 AM »
Hi Weber and Cinnamon! Thanks so much for responding. It doesn't affect me now. I'm in college and my plan is to go to med school. I just don't want this to hinder me and mess up my chances.

Offline Weber

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Re: Life Changes...
« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2015, 08:28:21 PM »
I'm not an expert of course but I don't think your med school plans would be affected. There are a lot of HIV+ healthcare workers which is your proof right there. I think the stigma around HIV causes a lot of unnecessary fears among newly diagnosed like traveling with meds, concerns about jobs, school etc. I continued with my career just fine and as far as I know the law in the US is pretty strong (I don't know where you live) regarding work place discrimination based on race, gender, ethnicity, health condition etc.

So, we gotta move on with our plans. It's all up to us I think tho staying strong might become challenging here and there which applies to everyone after all.

Offline newbie92

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Re: Life Changes...
« Reply #5 on: January 14, 2015, 09:30:23 PM »
I so reside in the US. Maryland to be exact. My fear is stigma.


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