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Offline sky_8412

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tested poz ..needs guidance
« on: February 20, 2009, 02:11:02 PM »
hi i was diagnoised hiv+ on Jan 13 ,i do this test due to the medical checkups for family immigration to canada ..my life change since i was diagnosed hiv+ , i have lost all my hopes n dreams i quit my job and broke up with my bf , there are times when i feel like ending my life but i know because of my family i have to be strong ...my family are very supportive to me all the times..what i want to know is will canadian high commission office reject my visa because i am hiv + ...i really dont want to leave my family nor i dont want my family to stay back here because of me ...i want them to move ahead n settle down in canada ...i am feeling so dilemma and needs help
i got my cd4 counts and viral loads reports today which is not so good . My cd4 counts was 356 and viral loads was 8583 copies ...do i have to starts my medication now and is they is any advise where i can keep my cd4 higher ..

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Re: tested poz ..needs guidance
« Reply #1 on: February 21, 2009, 04:28:57 AM »
I am sorry to hear about your news Sky,

I have done some researches on this for a local group some months ago so I know a bit about the regulations, BUT you do want to seek help from an immigration lawyer and I will ask around to get a referential.

In general, HIV can be a ground for refusing immigration, under "excessive demand on health and social services". Any HIV+ person who's already started taking medication is likely to fall within this category. For someone who hasn't started meds, the process requires the person to go through another medical exam to determine if s/he is likely to cause such "excessive demand", and there's no way to know the outcome unless one takes the test.

HOWEVER, and it should a big plus for you, an applicant is likely to be exempted if s/he is applying under family class (i.e. dependent children of a citizen, spouse, etc). The above "excessive demand" ground for refusal is more likely to work against someone who's applying for a work visa, etc.

Are you applying already through qualified lawyers? It's essential that you work with your family and lawyers to find the best strategy. Perhaps some of our friends in the forums have more information.

And please don't forget to take care of yourself. The news must have been a shock, but your life didn't end at the point of diagnosis. It's great news that your family is supportive, a blessing that many of us cannot count on. Are you finding any supports from local organizations and support groups?

A first count of CD4 356 is not exactly low. The numbers will go up and down a bit at first (but it does to a some extent depend on long ago you were infected) - the thing is to is to keep monitoring and work with your doctors. Unfortunately other than some general advises on good diets, exercising and don't stress yourself out, there's nothing we can do that can guarantee improvement of health (or increase of CD4). Medication is the only way to keep the virus under control.

Wish you the best my friend, Shaun

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« Last Edit: February 21, 2009, 04:34:46 AM by komnaes »
Aug 07 Diagnosed
Oct 07 CD4=446(19%) Feb 08 CD4=421(19%)
Jun 08 CD4=325(22%) Jul 08 CD4=301(18%)
Sep 08 CD4=257/VL=75,000 Oct 08 CD4=347(16%)
Dec 08 CD4=270(16%)
Jan 09 CD4=246(13%)/VL=10,000
Feb 09 CD4=233(15%)/VL=13,000
Started meds Sustiva/Epzicom
May 09 CD4=333(24%)/VL=650
Aug 09 CD4=346(24%)/VL=UD
Nov 09 CD4=437(26%)/VL=UD
Feb 10 CD4=471(31%)/VL=UD
June 10 CD4=517 (28%)/VL=UD
Sept 10 CD4=687 (31%)/VL=UD
Jan 11 CD4=557 (30%)/VL=UD
April 11 CD4=569 (32%)/VL=UD
Switched to Epizcom, Reyataz and Norvir
(Interrupted for 2 months with only Epizcom & Reyataz)
July 11 CD=520 (28%)/VL=UD
Oct 11 CD=771 (31%)/VL=UD(<30)
April 12 CD=609 (28%)/VL=UD(<20)
Aug 12 CD=657 (29%)/VL=UD(<20)
Dec 12 CD=532 (31%)/VL=UD(<20)
May 13 CD=567 (31%)/VL=UD(<20)
Jan 14 CD=521 (21%)/VL=UD(<50)


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