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Living With HIV / Re: Ryan White / ADAP Reauthorization
« Last post by J.R.E. on Today at 05:54:24 am »

If it is not possible to merge, That's alright too. !!  8)

Living With HIV / Re: Ryan White / ADAP Reauthorization
« Last post by J.R.E. on Today at 05:38:42 am »
To Jim,

Is it possible to merge Niveks two threads together. One thread is in "I just tested positive".  :) It will be easier for me to keep track !  Thanks !

Living With HIV / Re: Ryan White / ADAP Reauthorization
« Last post by J.R.E. on Today at 05:30:06 am »
You say it all went fast. U mean as in same day or it takes few days maybe week? Fax, email, or snail mail all paperworks to ADAP?

For me, it always goes very quickly ! Once all the documents are presented to the caseworker, He or She will make some copies while you wait, you will sign a couple papers, and they will give you your eligibility letter for your file. Once you are in the system it goes even quicker.

The eligibility letter will have the date listed, as to the next time you have to go in and renew.

The last time I renewed, I did it from home, because of Covid-19. I just scanned and emailed the documents to the case worker, she then took those documents, copied them and placed them in file.

She them emailed me back about 3 documents to sign. I printed those documents out, and signed them, and re-scanned, and sent them back to her in a secure email link that she provided to me.

When I was physically going in to renew the process took about 20 minutes. Because of Covid-19, it took a little longer, ( a couple hours) because of scanning of documents ( on my part ) and using email to send them to her, and then getting documents back and printing them out , and signing, and then sending them back to her.

I am not sure what I will do next renewal date which is no later than 10/27/20. I last renewed on 4/23/20

Here in Florida you can walk in without appointment, on Mondays and Thursdays about 4 days or so in advance of the eligibility date, and they will renew on the spot. I have done it many times since since 2010, without any issue. I just make sure that a week or two in advance, I have all the paper work ready for her. Never takes more than 20 minutes or so. They are very appreciative, when you come prepared !

The only time I renewed from home , was the last time on 4/23/2020.

They ( Ryan White ADAP) will also send a copy of the Eligibility letter, to the Dental facility, that does cleaning of teeth if you require or need that service. I believe Ryan White authorizes about $1,200.00 per calendar year for each client for Dental services. It might be a little bit less. They did great for me, and made me a lower partial !

Here in Florida in my area, they use Alpha Dental, in Saint Petersburg, for that service. You can check into that service and see what they can provide for you. I's also about 2 blocks away from the ADAP building

I am not sure down here what takes place as far as the HIV medication, or other medication that your doctor may prescribe.

I think they have a pharmacy within in ADAP building, where you can pick up your meds.  I am not sure if they mail medication to you, but that could also be a possibility. It's probably run very similar in New York.

They also have a food Pantry on site, to help those that need assistance.

You mentioned about the possibility to use GMHC, in New York I would suggest, that you look into that, to help you out, and get you pointed in the right direction. Is there a trusted person that you can take with you, to help you navigate the system. Believe me two heads are better than one at times. Don't hesitate to ask questions !! I always take my partner with me. What I may miss in conversation with a case worker, or Doctor, he won't.  :) He also goes to my specialist appointments with me, while we sit with the Infectious disease, The Cardiologist, or the Nephrologist.

Because of these trying times of Covid-19, many places are operating differently, so you need to find out, if they are seeing people directly, or if you have an option like I did, to renew on line.

When it comes time for me to renew on 10/24/20, I will have to evaluate the Covid situation at that time, and see what my options are, to either walk in, or renew once again from home.

Currently, all my Doctor appointments are done through telephone call, or video call. I do have labs scheduled for this Wednesday.

My advice to you, is to stay PROACTIVE !! Ask plenty of questions, Take notes, and always make sure to follow through. See what is available to you, if you need help with co-pays ETC.

Take care of yourself-------Ray  8)

Living With HIV / Re: Ryan White / ADAP Reauthorization
« Last post by Nivek on Yesterday at 05:01:47 pm »
You say it all went fast. U mean as in same day or it takes few days maybe week? Fax, email, or snail mail all paperworks to ADAP?


Just giving a follow up. I reauthorized my Ryan White/ADAP, this past Thursday, and all went well and fast. And the best thing, I did it all from the comfort of my own home, didn't have to sit in a waiting room and then see someone face to face.

However, as I understood it, as of 3 days ago, they were still seeing people face to face, to renew. I also understand that many people don't have computers or the means, to do this renewal the way I did it.

 I am good for another 6 months now.! Just about the time for the second wave of covid-19.

On the local front, 23 nursing homes, and/or assisted living centers, are infected with Covid -19 .  Staff and residents.   :'(   That is just here in Pinellas County, FL.

I Just Tested Poz / Re: Here am I....
« Last post by Nivek on Yesterday at 04:55:51 pm »

Thank you Ray for take some time to reply my questions.

I honestly think itís stupid to reauthorize every 6 months, being positive will never turn to negative and we can be off the med. They should know better that once we are positive we will always be positive and no need to put us in this situation.

If u have to reauthorize every 6 months, and theyíre not FASTÖ how are we suppose to refill our arv by end of 6th month?

Yes I have tried to request temp password from SS office 3 times already and havenít gotten it.

I donít have case worker, I know there is GHMC here in nyc but Iím very shy around new people plus Iím deaf so itís making it even worst so I am doing everything myself to be sure Iím ok.

Iíll make note on the vaccine you recommend and talk to my new primary doctor.

I did ask my infectious for viral load, I think they never did it only did my cd4 cuz I see it on lab reports when I did multi blood works. That might be why she or front desk never answer that question always dodging around it and answer the other question.

Iíll ask again once I finish my syphillis med which is on Tuesday. I hope syphillis is gone for real! Iíll see whatís the next step is and ask for for bloodwork result on cd4 and VL and if they try to dodge it again Iíll ask why they havenít not answer that question and if they havenít done VL test then I want one asap.

I have one more week on Biktarvy then have to get another one as Iím still waiting for password to log in my SSI to print that simple sheet then try to get ADAP started up. I may call ADAP sometimes next week and ask few questions include if I have to reauthorization every 6 months.

I Just Tested Poz / Re: Here am I....
« Last post by Nivek on Yesterday at 04:34:04 pm »
Ahh gotcha- Hope things are ok with you since you have been in hospital.


I apologize and will reply to you in full later tonight.

No excuse but I've been in hospital this week and without laptop so I've only been posting basic comments whereas your post needs more attention.

Karoman has irrational fears and was hijacking your thread, hence his reply was removed.

Estoy infectado? / Re: Besar Pezon de garzona de cafe nudista
« Last post by Jim Allen on Yesterday at 01:12:24 pm »
Si no puede terminar sus miedos quizas tiene que discurtirlos con un terapeuta.

No hay riesgo de vih, el virus se degrada rŠpidamente fuera del cuerpo y despuťs de casi cuatro dťcadas no hay casos confirmados de ese tipo de transmisiůn.

Adelante con su vida.
Do I Have HIV? / Re: Assessment
« Last post by Jim Allen on Yesterday at 01:09:26 pm »

No matter how compact the bristles in the letter box it would not be anything like storage in a vacuum or contain the volume of fluid to infect you with.

Do I Have HIV? / Re: Assessment
« Last post by GlassPort on Yesterday at 01:02:32 pm »
Hi Jim,

Thanks again for the summary. Just a final question, which I know you have already answered really, but for peace of mind, it also makes no difference if the bristles were ultra compact, i.e. no air between?

As for the postman, nice guy, but his cologne is too spicy for my tastes :)
Living With HIV / Re: *** Coronavirus thread ***
« Last post by J.R.E. on Yesterday at 01:00:20 pm »

Some of those sworn to "protect and serve" have failed us miserably by refusing to wear a mask after our governor ordered ALL to do so.. wonder where these pigs got that idea to own the lib governor🤔..

I guess some of these cops, are looking for a month long vacation in a ICU ward. Craziness !!  >:(

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