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I was diagnosed two weeks ago. Got on meds immediately, Biktarvy and Prezcobix due to being infected with a mutated strain. I have my first counseling session Monday. Otherwise really have no idea how to navigate through this with no real support group being single and bi. Physically feel pretty good only a short while after starting meds. Mentally I don't know where to start. Stuck on meds for life, financials of being able to afford the medications even with adap. So much I can't even begin to wrap my head around. I keep trying to realize things will get better and I will cope better with time but right now I am struggling.

Sorry to hear about your diagnosis. It is a lot to take in. Just give yourself time to adjust and feel the emotions that cones along with a nee diagnosis. Once you start seeing your numbers get under control it will make you feel better. This is a great support group. Hang in there. It will get better.


          ojo.           Hello Dezzz!

Iím sorry about your dx, I donít know why you got tested for hiv but, whatever the reason, now you know you are hiv positive now you get treatment. Too bad you got some resistance but I guess your doctor knows how to treat you and he will find the best treatment, I have a history of resistance and my doctor found the best treatment for me, Iíve been taking the same meds for the last 14 years and Iím still UD.

You are not alone, we are here for you and you can ask you for information or moral supportÖthe formula to keep the virus under control is, , itdiscipline taking your meds as prescribed and a positive, no pun intended, attitude , you will be find, good luck and please keep us posted


--- Quote from: Dezzz on May 06, 2022, 01:55:12 pm ---but right now I am struggling.

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do you feel unwell? if your answer is no, then things are already better.  :D Being on meds is the only way to deal with HIV, and you're already doing that!  :D :D Oh, and although "meds for life" sounds terrible to be quite honest, 66% of adults take daily medications. Believe it or not, these days, the only thing "special" about being HIV positive is that with a daily pill or two life goes on pretty much as it normally would.

Don't misunderstand me though. I'm not trying to minimize your concerns, fears, and worries. I'm just trying to put some perspective on the issues you mentioned. As someone who has lived with HIV for 38 years, and has needed decades of ADAP assistance, after you get past the first bit of wrapping your brain around the diagnosis, getting your access to healthcare and prescriptions worked out, and adhering to daily meds (and because this is 2022 and not 1992), living with HIV becomes a non-issue.

Give yourself some time to adjust...... and then move on to the things you want to accomplish. ;)

Thank you for your replies and encouragement. If someone can direct me to sites, give me insight to adap and how best to get all the financial help possible I would appreciate it. I start medicare in a few months and looking for the least expensive health ins which is surprisingly expensive so that will be what I am working with as well as getting adap. With two HIV drugs and the labs needed it looks expensive.
Thank you


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