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Author Topic: Yep, I'm "LIVING". (with HIV)  (Read 2135 times)

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Offline auspoz

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Yep, I'm "LIVING". (with HIV)
« on: November 11, 2011, 07:09:44 AM »
Hi Everyone.

I haven't been here for a long time which is both a good thing and a bad thing. I spent my first days reading here all day, every day. But after 4 years (in January) since my diagnosis, I have come to be totally OK with with my status.

What am I trying to say? I dunno. I am still me. I am well. I am not on meds. My numbers are great. I go to my specialist regularly. Those people who told me that I could be living a better life than ever before were right. I think of my happiness and health more than I did. I worry about judgement less.

I'm still top of my game professionally; something I worried about a lot at first. But, I got there, and I'm getting better all the time. I've helped others cope with diagnosis and living with HIV. It's still quite rare and unspoken in Australia, but I have gotten over the STIGMA. If only I could have realised that it was my own ignorance and fear of STIGMA that wrecked me upon diagnosis, I could have saved a LOT of angst.

Anyways, just wanted to check in. I'm still single, but that's because I haven't met the right guy, not because of my HIV status. Yeah, I think about it; sometimes. But I'm doing OK ATM.

Just wanted to share. I hope you're all well. :)


« Last Edit: November 11, 2011, 07:15:06 AM by auspoz »

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Re: Yep, I'm "LIVING". (with HIV)
« Reply #1 on: November 11, 2011, 08:05:17 AM »
Hey Auspoz, good to hear from you again and it's great to find out how well you're doing. I'm sure your story will be an inspiration to those amongst us who are still wrestling with their diagnosis.

Time is a fantastic healer. It really does get better, as your story shows.

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Re: Yep, I'm "LIVING". (with HIV)
« Reply #2 on: November 11, 2011, 08:26:11 AM »
What a positive message!  Thanks for sharing.  I'm sure it'll help others here realize how great life can become in spite of this virus.

Being honest is not wronging others, continuing the dishonesty is.

Offline auspoz

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Re: Yep, I'm "LIVING". (with HIV)
« Reply #3 on: November 11, 2011, 09:01:47 AM »
Thanks guys. Your messages of support help me even further. :) Best to you. Hugs.


Offline GSOgymrat

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Re: Yep, I'm "LIVING". (with HIV)
« Reply #4 on: November 11, 2011, 09:21:00 AM »
Good to hear you are doing well.

Offline skeebo1969

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Re: Yep, I'm "LIVING". (with HIV)
« Reply #5 on: November 11, 2011, 09:27:25 AM »

  Glad to hear you're doing so good. 
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Re: Yep, I'm "LIVING". (with HIV)
« Reply #6 on: November 11, 2011, 09:32:02 AM »
Great to hear you're doing well. And very encouraging for newly diagnosed, such as myself, too.
Infected-  2005 or early 2006; Diagnosed- Jan 28th, 2011; Feb '11- CD4 754 @34%, VL- 39K; July '11- CD4 907@26%,  VL-81K; Feb '12- CD4 713 @31%, VL- 41K, Nov '12- CD4- 827@31%

Offline marriedmansam

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Re: Yep, I'm "LIVING". (with HIV)
« Reply #7 on: November 11, 2011, 09:18:13 PM »
Yes Aus i agree it is very encouraging especially for us relative newcomers.

Like you i used to read the forums daily. I still look in but less frequently now. I guess thats a good sign.

Keep up the good work!

June/July 2011- Infected
30 Aug 2011    - First test
31 Aug 2011     - Call to tell me first test was poz

3 Sept 2011       - Joined this forum
5 Sept 2011       - clinic appointment for retest
16 Sept 2011     VL 75 400 CD4 428 and 28%
next appointment  3 Jan 2012
3 Jan 2012          - VL 71 300 CD4 460 and 23%

Offline Growler

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Re: Yep, I'm "LIVING". (with HIV)
« Reply #8 on: November 12, 2011, 07:13:57 AM »
Shit, you're a happy little Vegemite aren't you? ;)

Cheers mate

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