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So... I'm unemployed and thought I'd work on Ancestry.com and look up my family tree.  FUN? Right?  To some point it is... digging up family history.  Trying to figure out what brought a relative to a certain area or town.  Sadly, my extension of the family didn't really "connect" with the others but I'm trying to be better.
I'm reaching out to cousins and sharing photos that my parents and siblings gave to me to scan and do research on.  It gets depressing though when I think about my grand parents (that passed away before I was born) and other relatives that I would have loved to have met.
I've also been finding photos from school and looking at old pieces of journals that I started and didn't continue with consistently.  One set of photos have set me on a path of pure depression and I've been trying NOT to fall down the Rabbit Hole.
Sadly... a friend from high school, unfriended me rather viscously.  He kept telling me what I did was wrong but I never knew WHAT that was.  At that time of my life I wasn't out and my mind went crazy.  First I kept asking WHAT I did... then I went to did I do something for him to know I was gay.  So half the day today... I've been reliving and having those thoughts again.
I came here to vent and see how any of you work through your own depression.  And yes, I'm gonna go take my pill but I was looking for anything else to help get my brain back on the proper set of tracks.

Any advice would be appreciated.
Mental Health & HIV / Re: What's the best way to make HIV+ friends online?
« Last post by BubbaPat on Yesterday at 06:56:56 pm »
I'm in the same boat.  I've found a few CHAT sites that have a gay section but I'm really tired of being accosted by teenagers wanting sex.
I come here to what people are up to but since it's posts to comments, it's difficult.
I did find a POZ group on Facebook but it doesn't seem all that "friendly".

If anyone is up for chat.. we can send messages here and then maybe exchange info for something like Google.  I know they still have Hangout type chat.

Bubba hugs!
Living With HIV / Re: Latest Check Up
« Last post by Jim Allen on Yesterday at 12:20:49 pm »
Excellent update and glad to hear things are going well  :)
 :) You're welcome.
Positive Women / Re: Anyobe here with Hiv positive children
« Last post by Jim Allen on Yesterday at 12:18:04 pm »
You're welcome and, I apologize to you and, the members on the thread this happened.

I normally proactively engage with new posters to be supportive and also to weed out the fakers.

Best, Jim
Living With HIV / Latest Check Up
« Last post by Loa111 on Yesterday at 06:47:55 am »
Been a while since I posted so hope everyone is doing well & hanging in good?

All my latest blood test from my ID appointment a few weeks ago have been good. Still UD, and liver, kidney, cholesterol & whatever else they check is all normal.

My CD4 is 297 (304 previous check up) so floating about the same level. This is good of course since I started off at 22 almost 3 years ago. If it rises more great and if it does not so be it, I don't worry anymore.

I've had a few difference vaccinations since last year pneumonia, Hep B etc. The Hep B has not kicked in fully they say, so I need another booster shop later this year, which will be the second time getting a booster.

Overall, since my original DX and being sick n weak 3 years ago, now I am fit and in good shape for my age and run a few times a week & do exercise etc. I'll be 50 later this year, and I'd say in better shape than most guys my age. :)

As people told me back when I came on this forum as a newbie DX with an advanced case back in May 2018, hiv is not something I think about much other than the occasional day here n there. I take my 2 pills in the morning when I get up and that is it, job done, nothing else I can do. In fact there is an advantage in a way, as I was the sort of person who never go to a doctor ever, now I am getting checked & bloods 4 times a year which is great (I'd never have gone to doctors otherwise).

I do hope medical research will perfect long acting injectable treatment or implants or similar. I do really like the idea of a shot every 6 months in place of pills. Maybe in the next 10 years we will have this?

Back in May for my next ID Doc check up. 
Off Topic Forum / Re: song of the day
« Last post by Almost2late on Yesterday at 03:24:44 am »
I'm sure others have heard but it's beautiful new song to me♥️..

Halsey - Sorry
Living With HIV / Accepting your status
« Last post by Almost2late on Yesterday at 03:14:00 am »
I recently ran into this YouTube video about accepting your status and I think it really has helped me deal with some of my own issues.

Now I've known my status for close to 7 years, and another 13 years without knowing, 20 total poz years.

I've struggled a lot and I've made some progress too, coming to terms with the virus but still haven't been able to get my self esteem back to what it was prior to my diagnosis.
Listening to this young woman has made me understand my own fears and how important it is to feel comfortable and confident about myself, HIV and all. I'm still working on it.

Anyways, this may help the newly diagnosed as well as the not so new with relationships.

Diana Koss : https://youtu.be/C9spExrLtfc
Thanks for keeping the forums free of vermin Jim, we really appreciate it.
Positive Women / Re: Anyobe here with Hiv positive children
« Last post by Bobsy on January 24, 2021, 01:35:18 pm »
Cheers Jim, I had wondered after they didnít reply.
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