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Offline Fabrizio

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Introducing Myself
« on: August 31, 2007, 02:20:46 PM »


I'm a 29 year-old Italian living in the UK. My partner of over seven years has been diagnosed in June 2007 (I have tested negative).

His first blood results are quite good: CD4 478, 28%, VL 43,000 (At least I think they are good, any comment on that? He was exposed in February and perhaps ha not yet reached his set-point).

Well, what can I say? Life has changed in one miserable day (the day just before his birthday  :'()

We have disclosed his status to his family and a couple of friends, receing great moral support. We are both well educated about HIV, and working on spending a long life together. Medicines are quite amazing, and new treatment keeps poping up! (Here in the UK is completely free) We are also seeing a psycologist and going to two support groups (Newly diagnosed gay men and Negative Partners).

Nevertheless, HIV sucks. The worst moment was his seroconversion in March, although we did not know about it: he was very sick, could tick all the boxes in the ARS symptoms list.

I would like to hear rom someone in the same situation, but also get to know those of you who are in this forum cause they are infected (rather than affected - like myself).

Looking forward to this forum's closing date (due to HIV CURE ;D),


Worried and Optimistic Negative Partner

Offline thunter34

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Re: Introducing Myself
« Reply #1 on: August 31, 2007, 02:41:20 PM »
Hello, Fabrizio.

Welcome to the forums.  Yes, the numbers sound ok to me.  Sounds like you two are adjusting well and have a good support network.  Hope you find this site to be a good part of that.
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Offline xyahka

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Re: Introducing Myself
« Reply #2 on: August 31, 2007, 02:48:18 PM »
Hi glad to know you are both supporting each other, the Hiv path becomes hard sometimes, but eventually things do get better... The most important is that now you both are aware of this particular situation will learn to handle it and take the control.

For any question you or your partner may have, count with us.


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13/03/07 1er diagnóstico /Peso: 79kg
19/04/07 CD4: 494 /CViral: ?? /Peso: 80kg
19/07/07 CD4: 659 /CViral: ?? /Peso: 79.5kg
06/03/08 CD4: 573 (después de meses muy deprimido) /CViral: ?? /Peso: 79kg
17/09/08 CD4: ?? /CViral: ?? /Peso: 84Kg
06/02/09 CD4: ?? /CViral: ?? /Peso: 85Kg /HCV: Neg /HBV: Neg.
07/03/09 CD4: ?? /CViral: ?? /Peso: 87Kg / Gym 3días/semana y Natación 2días/semana.
12/05/09 CD4: 470 /Cviral: ?? /Peso: 87Kg.
08/07/09 CD4: ? /CViral: ? /Peso: 77Kg.
09/12/09 CD4: 510 /CViral: ? /Peso: 78kg. No medicinas aún
10/01/10 CD4: ? /CViral: ? /Peso: 76Kg.
15/05/10 CD4: 320 /CViral: ? /Peso: 76Kg.
01/02/11 CD4: 291 /CViral: ? /Peso: 78kg.
05/05/11 CD4: 366 /CViral: ? /Peso: 78kg.
27/07/11 CD4: 255 /CViral: 138000 /Peso: 78kg.

Disfrutando y aceptando una nueva vida...

Offline Teresa

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Re: Introducing Myself
« Reply #3 on: August 31, 2007, 09:31:28 PM »
Hi Fabrizio and Welcome to the forums!

My hubby was diagnosed over a year ago and I am HIV-. Yes HIV/AIDS suck big time! No doubt about that, but it isn't the end. Things have pretty much got back to "normal". There are even days that i don't think about it, and I used to think about it every day.

I'm glad that you found us here.

Hubby HIV+ 5/5/06
  %: 26.7
 VL: <20
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Offline milker

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Re: Introducing Myself
« Reply #4 on: September 01, 2007, 12:19:42 AM »
Ciao raggazzo,

welcome to the forums. Your partner is very lucky to have you on his side. Going through this with a loving partner is not given to many. So kudos for helping him.

mid-dec: stupid ass
mid-jan: seroconversion
mid-feb: poz
mar 07: cd4 432 (35%) vl 54000
may 07: cd4 399 (28%) vl 27760
jul 07: cd4 403 (26%) vl 99241
oct 07: cd4 353 (24%) vl 29993
jan 08: cd4 332 (26%) vl 33308
mar 08: cd4 392 (23%) vl 75548
jun 08: cd4 325 (27%) vl 45880
oct 08: cd4 197 (20%) vl 154000 <== aids diagnosis
nov 2 08 start Atripla
nov 30 08: cd4 478 (23%) vl 1880 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
feb 19 09: cd4 398 (24%) vl 430 getting there!
apr 23 09: cd4 604 (29%) vl 50 woohoo :D :D
jul 30 09: cd4 512 (29%) vl undetectable :D :D
may 27 10: cd4 655 (32%) vl undetectable :D :D

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Offline Fabrizio

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« Reply #5 on: September 01, 2007, 02:45:37 AM »

Thanks for your replies!

My boyfriend and I are still very happy, and trying to delay treatment starting-day: I bought him vitamins (B12, A, D), selenium, and green tea extracts. He also stopped smoking.

We don't talk about it very often these days; this is good, although I'm a little concerned: I hope he is not going through a sort of "denial" phase (he was dwelling a lot about Hiv, now he hardly want to mention it).

Worried and Optimistic Negative Partner

Offline bear60

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Re: Introducing Myself
« Reply #6 on: September 01, 2007, 09:24:20 AM »
If he is at a stage where he does not want to talk about HIV, the best thing for you to do is remain calm and DO NOT bring up the HIV subject.  If he does then you discuss it.
If he is healthy there is no need for day to day discussions. Ask him to note on the calendar when he has doctors appointments and so on.
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Offline Matty the Damned

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Re: Introducing Myself
« Reply #7 on: September 03, 2007, 10:12:31 AM »
CD4 478, 28%, VL 43,000 (At least I think they are good, any comment on that? He was exposed in February and perhaps ha not yet reached his set-point).

Those numbers are respectable, but as you say it's still early days. Understanding blood test results is all about understanding trends over time. Our Lessons section will provide you with excellent information in this regard.

Oh, and welcome.



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