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I Just Tested Poz / Re: Hiv positive - scared of meds
« Last post by Tonny2 on Yesterday at 06:36:13 pm »

          ojo.          Hi am welcome SBnew…I’ve been taking meds for 28 years, I never thought about side effects, on the contrary, I always thought about the benefit he would bring to my life. I think about my medication, every time that I take it, as my vitamin, And lucky you that you have to take just one pill a day , I take eight pills every day, 8 vitamins. Just focos en n the benefits in taking that vitamin every day at the same time And ch for interaction,
I think you cannot take vitamins with it unless you take the medication with that vitamins with food. Check with your doctor… please keep us posted, you will be OK.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Hiv positive - scared of meds
« Last post by lightalltheway on Yesterday at 03:25:05 pm »
Great news!! happy for you. Dont think too much about side effects because they may fade away in couple of weeks. Give time sometime.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Hiv positive - scared of meds
« Last post by SBnew on Yesterday at 10:45:09 am »
Thank you for all of your replies!
Its nice to hear every positive thing 🙏🏼
I dont know anyone with HiV, so its all new and didnt know very much about it.
I was at the hospital today, im going to start biktarvy next sunday. Hope the sideeffects wont be too bad.
Im already on some meds for my anxiety, and there was a period with side effects so im kinda prepared in that sence. My cd4 levels were 553, so i guess thats good, mostly so high because i was recently infected.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: 7 Month Post Diagnosis Update
« Last post by harleymc on Yesterday at 12:43:00 am »
Fantastic Darling!!!

See you on the catwalk
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Hiv positive - scared of meds
« Last post by harleymc on Yesterday at 12:36:39 am »
Hey SB

Hope this finds you well.

 As others have said, you try one combination, if that's not right for you try another, rinse & repeat.  I'm old school having been on various HIV medications since 1990, some feel rough, some feel good.

Definitely  get some assistance with the depression,  it no use having a long unhappy life. Again something I can relate to.

Take care

           ojo.            @bubbapat…I’m so sorry you are feeling depressed and I wonder how, someone whom always makes me smile and makes my days every time you reply to my posts, anyway, I guess depresión is tough. I remember when I felt deporesed when having lost most of my eyesight I started to lose my hearing, I was so scared of someone breaking in to my house and I not even know it, thankfully I recupérated my hearing.

Let me tell you about going back to school at your age, when I was young and beautiful, well, young, 19, I had a classmate older than you, my classmate was 65 years old and became and engineer, if he could do it, you will do it too. I think that keeping nag yourself busy it will help you feel better, for sure…I wish I were there this give you a bubba hug because your bubba hugs always make me feel good. Hang in there and if you need a shoulder that lean on, I have two…love from your sunshine
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Hiv positive - scared of meds
« Last post by lightalltheway on June 23, 2022, 07:56:10 pm »

I am sorry for your recent diagnosis. I know, it is not easy to digest. too much to think about at the same time.

I am here to assure you that you will be fine. All what you really need is be responsible about adherence when you start your medication. Dont worry about side effects, unlike past years, first line treatments are many and you can easily switch until you are happy and fine with your regime.

The mental health is also as important as your physical health. Depending on where are you based on the global map, try to speak with peer support, if available.

Finally, you are not alone. You can consider this forum as your virtual family, we do care about one another and everyone support in the way they can. So let me WELCOME you to our SPECIAL club.

Take good care of yourself now, and feel free to write us back. Oh, it is also so important to establish a good connection with your medical care provider, speak, ask, question, discuss. Life is yours, its your choice .. i decided to live happy and i hope you will, too.

Do I Have HIV? / Re: Had an encounter with an escort, now I'm kinda nervous
« Last post by Jim Allen on June 23, 2022, 06:00:12 pm »
You already mentioned this in your original post...

It's not an issue, if this was your only sexual encounter then there is no reason for HIV concern.

Move on with your life, continue to use condoms for any intercourse, and as you are sexually active, test out of standard routine yearly for HIV & STIs.
Hello, thanks for the words and advice, so I shouldn't be worrying about the "stretchiness" of the condom right? I don't know why am I getting all anxious about that, it's nothing to worry about right? It's not a sign of a broken condom right?
Off Topic Forum / Been working …
« Last post by delilah07 on June 23, 2022, 04:46:27 pm »
I am now a pharmacy clerk. And I do not directly deal with the public, yet I feel like I’m contributing to something good. This just feels like a good job for me. As I do not like when people overly talk or banter.
I guess banter is good because it says someone can think on their toes. But I don’t ever hear a unique reply.
I’m not that witty anyway. I always have other thoughts on my mind. What people mistake as stupid is actually me trying to figure things out.
Like I have to go without manicures as I’m buying my Mom a new cell phone. Thoughts like that. Maybe more like planning.
Then my siblings may need my help, so I’m really thinking on how to provide for them. They’re adults, but rely on one another to get by. I can’t stand the thought of them being homeless.
So I guess I have not worries, but concerns and I trying to get by these obstacles.
But it will work out. My siblings have incomes. I know they would help with bills and rent. Then my Mom is in a care facility. She went in unable to stand. Now she can not support herself to sit up. It’s been off and on for two years now.
That’s why I’m buying her a phone. So she can call me long distance.
Besides all these worries my husband has low T and ED. So no way to relieve the stress. I drink occasionally. At least my house gets cleaned during my moments.
I can’t rant without saying how my husband and daughter really help. He works hard and my daughter cooks meals.

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