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Off Topic Forum / Re: There's a cyclone on my island....
« Last post by Jim Allen on September 17, 2020, 12:12:44 pm »
Enjoy  :)
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Living With HIV / Re: Poor Quality State Healthcare in Sugar Land, Texas,NP nurse
« Last post by Texland on September 17, 2020, 11:28:02 am »
There is the Thomas Street Clinic in Houston. You would have to see if they take patients from outside Harris County. I never heard any complaints about care there. If Dr Crofoot's office can't see you, check with Thomas Street Clinic.

2015 Thomas Street
Houston, Texas 77009
713-873-4000

When I lived in Houston, until fifteen years ago, Aids Foundation Houston was a pretty useless organization. Maybe it has changed.
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I Just Tested Poz / Re: Dovato works well for me
« Last post by Matths on September 17, 2020, 09:04:55 am »
Hi all,

Just wanted to give an update on my situation after a little more than a year on Dovato. I had a blood draw recently and my VL<20 UD, CD4 increased to 475, all inflammation parameters are within the normal range, as are liver, kidney and lipids plus glucose. So, all good here. Must get out of the Covid lethargy and exercise more again but I’m happy that the treatment works very well. Thought I share with the forum these good news to give back to all who gave me so much during the weeks after receiving the diagnosis. Best Matt
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Off Topic Forum / There's a cyclone on my island....
« Last post by fabio on September 17, 2020, 08:14:55 am »
So today i went to the mainland to do my blood tests,I'm good in general just a bit of uric acid (due to eating lots of meaty products 😂) and then I learned the ferry won't be going anywhere because there's a cyclone and bad weather.
Basically I'm enjoying my stay in a hotel in the mainland  😂
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Living With HIV / Re: Clinic Vist Yesterday
« Last post by Loa111 on September 17, 2020, 07:49:01 am »
My last CD4 a few months back was 222 (previous 241) but have not results yet from
Last weeks visit.

Obviously doc things my CD4s are enough to start HPV vaccination. The other shot was a Hep booster because the hep vaccination from when I was close to 200 was low in blood and needed a boost.

I was very tired and felt funny n headachy for a few days after those shots.
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Living With HIV / Re: Clinic Vist Yesterday
« Last post by harleymc on September 17, 2020, 07:23:53 am »
My cd4s only recently passed 200.  I have had about 8 shots for hbv.  Low levels of antibodies but my tells should have good memory of hbv.
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Estoy infectado? / Re: Duda
« Last post by Jim Allen on September 17, 2020, 04:09:40 am »
No, relájate, adelante con su vida.

Como eres sexualmente activo, hágase la prueba para detectar el VIH y las ITS por lo menos una vez al ańo.
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Thank you for the referral Texland!!!
 I will checkout Gordon Crofoot,unfortunately I have no insurance only Ryan White which I am guessing is the reason the nurses playing doctors feel they can bend anyone they want over and both physically and metaphorically give whom they choose  the finger!Maybe I can figure out a workaround by going to Dr.Crofoot than take his diagnoses and recommendations and adhere to them via the sub par federally funded facility that seems hellbent on killing me.Yeah it pisses me off they told me HIV is no big deal it is like diabetes,not true,it is a big deal when you are in the throws of an acidosis episode and standing up feels like every bone in both your feet are breaking and you tell them this and they blatantly ignore you!Speaking of the Fuhrer i bet he has initiated some bonus system for the staff,"For every three HIV patients you kill in your clinic you get a $20.00 dinner gift voucher as a thank you for making america great."Now that doesn't sound like fake news to me in this day and age it sounds like reality.
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Living With HIV / Re: Poor Quality State Healthcare in Sugar Land, Texas,NP nurse
« Last post by Texland on September 17, 2020, 01:52:51 am »
Yikes! I've run across some bad doctor and nurse practitioners, but nobody that bad.

Have you looked at getting medical care in Houston? It is a bit of a slog from Sugarland. Gordon Crofoot is one of the best HIV docs in the state. You would have to see if his office takes your insurance. There are other clinics in Houston but it's been years since I lived there. Montrose Clinic is no more, at least how it used to be. I think it was sold/transferred to some other heath agency.

Good luck going after these incompetent as*****s in Sugarland. Take them down, get them fired. I have no patience for anyone in the medical profession in the 21st centry who gets bent out of shape dealing with people living HIV/AIDS. Any medical facility will have a non-discrimination policy, they usually cover sexual orientation. That said, Dear Leader has signed off allowing folks working in the medical field to discriminate against anyone they perceive to be gay, if it offends their religious sensibilities.
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Wow Ray!Sounds like you have found proper caregivers!They actually allow you to interact with them?No wonder you have been able to weather HIV so long,congrats,you give me hope!
This is not just one nurse practitioner,I have seen two here (the staff @ this location call NP"doctors",that is not legal)+5 Doctors(none stay longer than a few months).The first NP is the one who prescribed the Hydroxyzine HCL that has given me the heart issues,she is an aggressive caustic Lesbian who has repetitively made fun of my sexuallity by declaring me a bottom(of which I am not) so she could stick her fingers up my bum hole to humiliate me,than each visit after would declare it loudly so the staff knew that she had had her fingers in me as a means to emasculate me.I think it scared her when I didn't have heart failure because every NP and Dr. afterwards treated me very poorly because of false damning documentation by her as well as dialogue that apparently made others believe I was mentally ill, of which I am not.I am an extremely kind and intelligent human,for me to be willing to lawyer up means there has been some major unethical treatment going on here!!!I would love to not be made to feel any worse than I already do for having HIV,but when you are treated worse than a dog for taking up more than the 5 mins of face to face and dare you ask a question,what message does this send to the patient about how important their life is?Not a very good one.Apologies if I am rambling,I am enraged at the injustice of this,if this has happened to me than that means that there are most likely many others who are or have been assaulted with medical bullets aimed at their vital organs like I have!!! As you know,most likely better than I Ray,since you have fought for so long and myself only 5 years,having HIV is not for the faint at heart!It is stigmatized still by society,it is financially,physically,and mentally draining.I point this out because all of us who are living with this should be celebrated for our strength and tenacity not be treated like a whore of Babylon in an evangelical republican nazi state trying to get an abortion in a dark alley by Freddie Kruger,seriously as a society of the future it is past time for all of us to do better than this.-Patient700000
                                                                           
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