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Offline Ehecatl

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« on: June 04, 2014, 04:40:06 AM »
Hello Everyone,

I just wanted to share my story, become part of this forum and hopefully make some new friends along the way!

My HIV story begins in August 2012 when I meet the man who changed my life. We meet online through A4A where we exchanged phone numbers and decided to meet up. Upon meeting we wasted no time getting down to business. We both had recent blood test with negative result so we mutually decided against using a condom. We soon found ourselves in a whirlwind relationship moving at the speed of light with no signs of slowing down. It wasn't until three months later that he developed a sore on his penis which prompted us to get tested. To both of our astonishment when the results came back he was HIV+ and I was not. I was head over heals for this man so I decided to continue our relationship. To be on the safe side we decided to start playing safe and I wanted to be retested in a month. Sadly in January 2013 my blood results came back HIV+.

This sent me down a self destructive road paved with pain and sorrow. I was in mourning of the life I believed had ended for me. At first I was in denial showing no emotion as I was pushed through the public HIV system. It was surreal hearing words like genotyping, CD4 count, and Viral Load. Then  as if flood gates where opened a wave of pain engulfed me. I turned to alcohol and drugs so that I would not have to face reality. This created a breeding ground for my anger to fester in making me lash out at anyone who tried to help. I almost drowned in the ocean of self inflicted stigma and self pity I created for myself but I was lucky to have such an strong boyfriend who stayed by my side saving me from myself. With his help we found me an amazing team of HIV mental and medical specialist to get my life back on track.

Now I am on the upward turn adjusting my life one day at a time. Still feeling the stigma of being HIV+ I have directed all my energy into becoming a positive influence on peoples lives. I don't know where this road will lead me but with the support of my family and husband I feel like I can really make a difference. I would really like to start making some HIV+ friends in the DFW area. Please feel free to send me a message!
To be a positive influence on peoples lives. Help out and inspire individuals wanting to improve.

Offline Theyer

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Re: Forum Newbie
« Reply #1 on: June 04, 2014, 09:18:37 AM »
Its Good to read that you are the other side off self destruction and that Hubby came too , so Welcome to the world off the Forum,s , enjoy,  a lot can be gained.

Have no idea the area you refer to is , I live mostly in SW4 London, am assuming that you are living in the US ?
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Offline MadisonTeddy

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Re: Forum Newbie
« Reply #2 on: June 04, 2014, 10:04:02 AM »
Welcome to the forum...You have already made a difference by sharing your story...Thanks

Offline mikeyb39

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Re: Forum Newbie
« Reply #3 on: June 05, 2014, 01:32:51 AM »
Welcome to the forum bud.  nice to hear your story.  I'm in the Dallas/Ft worth area myself .....
11/02/2010  cd4-251, vl-591000
12/09/2010  started Atripla
02/18/2011  cd4-425, vl-800
06/10/2011  cd4-447, vl-70
10/10/2011  cd4-666, vl-80
01/05/2012  swiched med (prezista,norvir ,isentress, )
02/10/2012  cd4-733, vl-UD  Viread removed
06/10/2012  cd4-614, vl-UD
12/14/2012  cd4-764, vl-UD
09/01/2013  cd4-785, vl-UD
03/06/2014. cd4- 1078, VL-UD
09/05/2014  cd4-850 , VL-UD
09/05/2014 switched meds isentress, prezcobix -still only two antivirals
10/14/2015  cd4-600 , VL-UD

Offline weasel

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Re: Forum Newbie
« Reply #4 on: June 05, 2014, 12:09:35 PM »

    Howdy   Ehecatl   ,

                                       Nice to meet you !   Welcome to our world .

         I hope to hear more of your stories , Sounds like you have a grip
     on the situation .

                                                       Be well ,  Carl
" Live and let Live "

Offline klassykitty

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Re: Forum Newbie
« Reply #5 on: June 05, 2014, 08:48:12 PM »
Welcome Ehecatl
I also look forward to more of your stories. 

Michelle   8)
How to handle stress like a dog:
If you can't eat it or play with it.....
then pee on it and walk away

Diagnosed 01-20-2011
01-23  CD4 32    VL 125,400
02-18        76     VL 189
03-14  no cd4 test done   VL-52
04-14   69  VL-UNDECTABLE  YEA!!
05-26   50  whoopsy  
06-27   71        %-7
08-15   64 WTF %-9 
10-16  80         %7  
2012  CD4  %Thing   VL-UD
01-18  87    7
04-18  93    8  
07-16  151  8         
10-18  83    9    VL-70
2013   CD4   %thing       VL-UD
01-28  121     9
04-24  148    11   
07-25  157    11   
10-22  185    13
2014   CD-4  %thing   VL-UD
02-07 201 YEA!!!!!!  12
06-03  205      12

Offline Ehecatl

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Re: Forum Newbie
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2014, 11:52:37 PM »
Thank you everyone for your comments  :D
To be a positive influence on peoples lives. Help out and inspire individuals wanting to improve.

Offline Jeff G

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Re: Forum Newbie
« Reply #7 on: June 13, 2014, 12:16:29 AM »
A belated welcome to the Forums . Better late than never .  :)
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Offline eric48

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Re: Forum Newbie
« Reply #8 on: June 13, 2014, 08:46:19 AM »

Your story is, of course, a bit sad, but hopefully can serve others

If one day you feel like contributing to the community with your experience, this part of your experience points out, that, in a community with high prevalence, serosorting does not work


NVP/ABC/3TC/... UD (non-infectious) ; CD4 > 1000; CD4/CD8 ~ 2.0   stock & donations : 6 months (2013: FOTO= 5d. ON 2d. OFF ; 2014: Clin. Trial NCT02157311 = 4days ON, 3days OFF ; 2015: use of NVP & 3TC generics
https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/show/NCT02157311 ;
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Offline texaninnyc87

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Re: Forum Newbie
« Reply #9 on: June 13, 2014, 02:38:49 PM »
I was born and raised in dallas but live in NYC now.
Welcome to the forums!
Dxd: 9/11/12
Blot confirmed: 11/12
12/12 cd4: 280 (20%) vl: 129,000
1/13 $tribild
2/13 cd4: 350 (26%) vl: 80
4/13 cd4: 510 (29%) vl:: 35
6/13cd4 350 (31%) vl: 21
9/13 cd4 492 (30%) vl: ud
12/13 cd4 846 (36%) vl: 100
1/14 cd4 480 (31%) vl: UD
3/14 cd4 650 (33%) vl: UD
6/14 cd4 410 (35%) vl: UD
9/14 cd4 439 (38%) vl: UD
12/14 cd4 551 (37%) vl: UD

Offline OneTampa

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Re: Forum Newbie
« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2014, 08:42:01 AM »
Welcome to the Boards.

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