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Author Topic: One year since testing positive  (Read 1082 times)

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Offline npm9

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One year since testing positive
« on: April 06, 2022, 07:24:51 am »
Hi everyone,

On April 6th 2021 I tested positive for HIV (or, rather, I was told that I was positive. I wrote a post about it: https://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=75292.msg774335#msg774335 .

My life has changed, but not because of HIV, really. I have moved abroad, something that I had been planning, I'm doing what I want to and in no way has my diagnosis prevented me from doing so. One could say that life hasn't changed much except for one pill a day. I've been undetectable since December and every blood test came back perfect, so I'm happy with that. It's been a hurricane of emotions during this last year, although I must say that I've handled everything pretty well: having friends and family there to support me has also been crucial. However, I think that, after the summer, I might go to one of those meetings for HIV+ people. I do like talking to my friends and doctors about it (with my friends we talk about it like we would about any other medical condition), but I sometimes miss not knowing someone "in real life" who is going through this, too.

Otherwise, everything is psychologically going well. I have this rule I go by: I don't think about my life and status if it's not in the next 5 years (so I don't think about what it will be in 15 years, it helps me). I also think that I'm very lucky because I don't have to worry about access to healthcare, I'm forever grateful for that.

Anyways, it's crazy to think that it's been one year already. The only think that bugs me is that I think about it a lot. Not in a negative way, just that I think about HIV almost everyday, especially when I'm on the bus or things like that. I guess that with time it will become something normal in my everyday life and those thoughts will either disappear or diminish.

I hope everybody is doing well and for those newly diagnosed: carry on.


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