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Living With HIV / Re: "HOPE DIES LAST"
« Last post by Tonny2 on Today at 04:17:18 pm »

                   ojo.          Hello everyone!… Well, I started this new year with the death of my best friend friend from college, then last month, somebody assaulted my nephew and killed him and now my 96 years old uncle, the best Man in the world, my mothers, brother, died from pneumonia. i’ve never thought that I would live this long to see so many loved ones dying before me. It feels weird and painful obviously but I guess it’s part of living with a condition that back in the day considered a  death sentence and we were making plans for our own funerals, Nowadays, thanks to technology, we all can expect to live long lives, as long we take our medications as ordered by the doctor, and just keep living a normal life where we have to witness did that our loved ones as I’m witnessing now.

Finally, I have scheduled my eye surgery. I don’t know who mentioned that I wait put it then. Keep it bottle with alcohol. Lol. It is called evisceration. I think I already put the YouTube link at the procedure. It will be March 19, as soon as I get back home from South Padre Island in Texas. Hopefully my pain will go away for good and I will have a better quality of life getting rid of one pain.… I will keep you posted… Hugs

Ps. sorry for the typos.
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Tested positive 2/12/24
« Last post by Tonny2 on Yesterday at 08:06:55 pm »

Hello there!… I’m sorry to read that you have to deal with your ex-wife, ignorance understandable she doesn’t know anything about HIV so, let’s educate her. As Jim just said, if possible take her with you to your next doctor’s appointment so she can hear the information from the horse’s mouth. And show her this forums where she can learn about your condition. I think that, for you was a shock to find out about your diagnosis and it applies to her too. . So, I said it before, let give her the tools so she can understand that is OK for you. To Be around with your family.… Please keep us posted, and I wish you the best. Nobody said that living with hiv was easy but, just one more stone on the road..…hugs
I Just Tested Poz / Re: Tested positive 2/12/24
« Last post by Jim Allen on Yesterday at 04:36:32 am »

I'm sorry to hear about the diagnosis, but I'm glad you have started treatment.

except a little difficulty falling asleep but could just be anxiety.

You have a follow-up appointment pretty soon, but in the meantime, if you are taking the meds in the evening or afternoon, instead you could try taking them in the mornings, and see if that makes a difference.

The hardest part so far is I told my ex-wife and she is very nervous for our two girls to stay at my house.  I’m pretty sure this will pass but can anyone provide any recommendations on how I put her at ease on nearly the zero percent possibility of transmission through casual contact?

Causal contact isn't an HIV risk, not nearly zero, it is zero, end of story.

Now to answer the question, this is what I would be doing, firstly talk to a lawyer today and document everything including that HIV is why she might restrict some access to the kids. However, don't take any legal action yet, just talk to the lawyer, get advice and document stuff and hope legal action will not needed.

Again explain to the ex there is no HIV risk to the children and, if that doesn't help you could talk to your ID doctor and explain the situation of the ex being worried about you being in contact with the kids and ask if they could be happy for you to bring her along during your next clinic visit, so they can help reassure her that causal contact with the kids isn't an HIV risk.

These would be my next steps.
I Just Tested Poz / Tested positive 2/12/24
« Last post by Heynow on Yesterday at 02:37:34 am »
Hello all,

First of all, I’m very thankful for this forum and the encouragement and information it provides.  Although I’m bummed I contracted HIV, I guess there is a silver lining in every situation because it has increased my will to live.  With therapy, a few interpersonal supporters and this forum, I will overcome.

Cd4 was 144 and viral load was 29400.  I started taking Biktarvy 50/200/25 two days after diagnosis when I was able to see the Infectious Disease Doctor.  No side effects and everything has gone well so far except a little difficulty falling asleep but could just be anxiety.  I go back for a checkup and bloodwork on 3/14/24.

The hardest part so far is I told my ex-wife and she is very nervous for our two girls to stay at my house.  I’m pretty sure this will pass but can anyone provide any recommendations on how I put her at ease on nearly the zero percent possibility of transmission through casual contact?

Any suggestions would be appreciated.  Love you all and I have your backs.
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Risk of transmission skin cuts/abrasion between legs
« Last post by Jim Allen on Yesterday at 12:46:14 am »
You had no HIV risk, no exposure, no need to test, no drama required.

I wish you well but if you post about this no HIV situation again it will result in a 28 day ban. If you are unable to move on with your life then consider talking to a psychiatrist.
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Risk of transmission skin cuts/abrasion between legs
« Last post by Anxiouskid on March 01, 2024, 08:57:20 pm »
Hi yall, and thank you for answering and all you do here
Thankfully I ended up going to the doctor for a health check and actually got my hiv test (4th generation), as expected from you NEGATIVE
Unfortunately I also contracted covid and it was probably the reason I was sick
I was ready to move and leave all this fear behind but fears and stress got the best of me and found articles saying that covid has interfered with the results of HIV tests
Man, I was so happy and ready to move on as i waited 91 days to get tested with no other exposure in between but then another anxiety fear issue that I dont know if its rational or not
I dont know if i should seek mental support or if I should re-test
My doctors sucks at answering question all because of the cheap health insurance i have

Hope I could get an answer from you all

« Last post by Tonny2 on March 01, 2024, 08:24:04 pm »

           ojo.                 Hola a todos!!… les descuento: ha sido un año un poco difícil ya que como les comenté anteriormente, creo!, Un compañero de la universidad muy come querido, después nos enteramos de la muerte de un sobrino hijo de primo querido y ahora mi Tio tiene 96 años de edad debido a una caída donde se rompió la cadera aunque salió bien en la cirugía y ya estaba en terapia física pero le dio pulmonía y ya no salió del hospital. Me tocaría enterrar a muchos familiares y amigos ya que sólo me habían dado dos años de vida después de mi diagnóstico, así que vivir con V es seguir viendo una vida normal porque afortunadamente la vida sigue y habrá queremos decir antes que nosotros y en mi caso, vivir con VIH me ha hecho más sensible ante la vida no se diga ante la muerte.… Descansen en paz… Abrazos a todos

Perdone mis typos
Vivir con el VIH / Re: mortalidad en personas con el VIH
« Last post by Jim Allen on March 01, 2024, 06:15:47 pm »
You're welcome.
Vivir con el VIH / Re: la carga viral de VIH en semen
« Last post by Tonny2 on March 01, 2024, 03:51:47 pm »

            ojo.              Gracias por compartir.
Anyone currently receiving HIV medication living in Melbourne, Australia please reach post here or PM me.

I will be relocating there in a few months and have a few questions.

Thank you in advance.
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