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Offline furrowed

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Newly diagnosed
« on: June 16, 2014, 06:09:39 PM »
I was recently diagnosed about two weeks ago.  I was told the health department would contact me, what does that entail and is everything discussed or shared with them kept confidential? What do I need to know before talking with them and what exactly do they want to know?

Offline Jeff G

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Re: Newly diagnosed
« Reply #1 on: June 16, 2014, 06:16:20 PM »
Welcome to the forums .

The health dept will ask you for a list of your sex partners to do contact tracing so as to get anyone tested if need be and curb further infections . It will be kept confidential and your contacts will not know it was you that gave the information .

Testing positive for HIV is stressful to say the least but it does get better in time . You will find the forum a solid place for support and maybe make a few friends if you wish . There is plenty of information and collective wisdom here to help you deal with the diagnosis . Best of luck . Jeff . 
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Re: Newly diagnosed
« Reply #2 on: June 21, 2014, 04:24:56 PM »
As a non US person it always strikes me as Quite 1984,ish but I have learned its not , no lie detector machines , grey suits. So relax the brow and welcome to us all
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Re: Newly diagnosed
« Reply #3 on: June 23, 2014, 02:16:47 AM »
Welcome! I along with others on here are sorry to see you here on one hand at all, but extremely grateful you have found us. I'm a newbie, diagnosed in February, UD last week, as you can see some of us update signature lines with our info, others don't. In case you get lost like I did, UD=undetectable, OP=original poster, DX=diagnosed, WB=western blot those are the basic ones that threw me for a loop when reading. My best advice, don't overwhelm yourself with anxiety and worry. Truly The words HIV are scary, no doubt, but you will find it's not what it once was, and you may even be able to take only 1 pill a day, at any time during the day, and be fine.
When you have questions just ask anyone here, we all if we know it would answer and jump in to give advice. Most of the people here are not doctors, to me their almost better, they've lived with HIV for a very long time. Look at the bright side of things, at least now you know, now you can manage the HIV and not let it manage you.
I'm no expert, but trust me were all here for you.

12/18 Infected
2/4 12:22pm tested POZ via ORAquick
2/19 WB Confirmation
2/4-2/19 VL 104,678 CD4 407
3/2 Genotype back, and Started Complera
4/2-CD4 688 38% and VL 1,600
5/1-CD4 592 42% and VL 336
5/22-CD4 732 31% and VL 109 :( STILL NOT UD!
5/31 Switched to Stribild :( I'll miss you Complera!
6/19 CD4 508 35% and VL UD!!!!! Crying at work like a baby.
9/19 CD4 799 46% VL UD yayyyy


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