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Author Topic: HIV Support Group Help Anyone  (Read 181 times)

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Offline RobbyR

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HIV Support Group Help Anyone
« on: July 20, 2014, 12:57:30 PM »
There is a support group at my clinic for gay men with HIV/AIDS they have bi monthly meetings. I am thinking of going. This type of thing usually isn't my thing but I feel it might be good to try and see how it goes. Maybe talking to others who know what I'm going through will help a bit. Haven't decided yet, but I figure I can go to one meeting and see if I like it. Have any of you been to one of these and does it help? Part of me is afraid I'd run into someone I'd slept with years before, lol, but my therapist told me the group is small. I'm thinking of going and see if it helps any. Some told me it's just a meat market but maybe interacting with other poz guys and meeting them can help me. This has been such a lonely battle up to now.
Started Atripla August, 2010.

Offline zach

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Re: HIV Support Group Help Anyone
« Reply #1 on: July 20, 2014, 01:10:46 PM »
you won't know until you go. group therapy can be a very powerful tool. expect to be lovingly challenged. i actually love a diverse group of people with completely different views from my own. it helps to break out of one perspective and look at things from another point of view, group is great for that. and if it turns out to be a meat market, so what?! maybe you'll pick up a guy you have "this" in common with. saves the hassle of struggling with disclosure.

i urge you to go. your doctor recommended it for a reason.

Offline Almost2late

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Re: HIV Support Group Help Anyone
« Reply #2 on: July 20, 2014, 01:21:40 PM »
I thought of attending a support group but in Fort Lauderdale seems the groups seem segregated, this ones for gays, that ones for blacks and the other for latinos.. Why the segregation? I just don't get it.
Atripla, Bactrim, Azithromycin
Date         CD4's          VL
02/14     13  2.79%    228k+
03/14     52       7%       3k-
04/14     not done          2k-
05/14     184     9%       595
06/14     117     8%       235
End of June switched Meds
Tivicay, Truvada, Bactrim, Azithromycin

“HIV does not make people dangerous to know, so you can shake their hands and give them a hug:
Heaven knows they need it.”

Princess Diana

Offline initforlife

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Re: HIV Support Group Help Anyone
« Reply #3 on: July 20, 2014, 05:49:17 PM »
I haven't even found a group in this area  y'all are my group therapy!
I should have known he was bi

Offline Almost2late

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Re: HIV Support Group Help Anyone
« Reply #4 on: July 20, 2014, 07:05:47 PM »
I haven't even found a group in this area  y'all are my group therapy!

I agree, this is my group therapy also  :)
Atripla, Bactrim, Azithromycin
Date         CD4's          VL
02/14     13  2.79%    228k+
03/14     52       7%       3k-
04/14     not done          2k-
05/14     184     9%       595
06/14     117     8%       235
End of June switched Meds
Tivicay, Truvada, Bactrim, Azithromycin

“HIV does not make people dangerous to know, so you can shake their hands and give them a hug:
Heaven knows they need it.”

Princess Diana

Offline MitchMiller

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Re: HIV Support Group Help Anyone
« Reply #5 on: Today at 03:15:37 AM »
I attended for a couple years after being diagnosed, until the group moved locations.  I found it was very helpful at that time (2002) to learn about others experiences with medications (hiv and others) and dealing with work issues as well as seeing that there were other healthy people with HIV. 

I wouldn't worry about seeing someone you know, since everyone is HIV+.  Usually there is a strict code of silence about who attends and the details of what is discussed.

 


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