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Offline Catman

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Who is the Catman?
« on: November 06, 2006, 03:25:01 pm »
  Not many forum members have done this but I do believe it is still a good idea; Personal Introductions. Only "MSPspud" and "newt" have done it so far (I think) and after emailing with so many forum members on the board and through personal emails I believe I'll post an intro about myself. Here it goes...for those interested;
                                                        THIS is the Catman!
  I'm from an island in the Carribean: Puerto Rico. Yes, the one that is still a commonwealth of the USA. The one discovered by Christopher Columbus who brought in the Spaniards and wiped out our Indians with diseases and bullets. An island of wondrous beauty and gorgeous beaches; sun, sand, palm trees, rain forests and great tropical drinks. An island that uses Spanish for its official language but English is mostly understood by the majority of the inhabitants.  During college years (1985 specifically) I had unprotected "rough" sex with a guy (s.o.b.) who made be bleed a little but still had his orgasm inside me. It was a brief relationship and I was 21. He knew what his intentions were because he was the "bad boy" type. He mumbled "finally" in my ear and it wasn't in a romantic way. From that moment on I had hiv in my mind until 1989 when I had my first hiv test and it returned positive. I was enrolling in the army and that was where the testing was done. It did not suprise me. I sort of knew I was already positive since 1986. I began my treatments in 1993 and was diagnosed "undetectable" just last October for the first time since beginning treatments.
   I have two cats (love cats) and am in a stable relationship with an hiv negative partner. We've been together for almost 14 years. From the beginning (after having safe sex with him ONCE) I disclosed my hiv status and told him No to a relationship. He appeared a few days later with a beautiful basket full of gifts and formally asked me to be with him. Even a ring was in the basket inside a green wooden cat. How could I say No to this. I liked him but that was it. I was hesitant at first but we continued dating until a bonding was made. I do not regret entering this relationship even though I had 3 previous partners before him. All died from aids. Each hurting in their own special way. The last one was the worst. Each of which I shared a monogamous relationship. Each teaching me that everyone loves in a different way. Each showing me that life goes on and you have to love yourself above anything else.
   Well, I'm the guy who sits towards the side tables in activities and is much better in small groups than in large crowds. In a concert I like being up front and in the theater in the middle of the room. I love cheese and wines and chicken salads. Don't do drugs or heavy drinking but did try out a little when I was in early college. That was with the "bad boy" I spoke of earlier. I like traveling to cold contries like Canada or Washington DC in winter. Though I live close to the beach I barely go there. Just happy looking at the view. "Jaws" still freaks me out! I love horror movies and sort of have a wicked and sarcastic side to my personality, but I'm really quiet, loving and enjoy being on my PC all day. For some strange reason, I'm discovering an interest in leather. The smell is exciting to my senses. Discovered the community in Washington DC last year but don't get me wrong, I would NOT get on a swing (at least I don't think so) or do any of that heavy stuff some people get into. I do like being surrounded by men in leather, though. My partner and I just like the atmosphere packed with sensuality and enjoy the music and the "up front" attitude that is present at these activities. They are really nice respectful persons who enjoy leather, music, dancing and a community spirit.
   Musically I like almost everything except religious music. Not the kind you sing at church but listening to a CD on songs doing a "Praise to His Name" upsets my wicked side. Ha,ha. Maybe if the song is sung by the rock band "Stryper" or "Evanescence" I'd like it more. Funny because I even do a solo during the mass on Saturday nights.
   I'm going to end this brief intro by thanking all those forum members who have shared emails with me and many still do. A special thanks to those who answered my treatment questions when I began with Fuzeon. That really helped me out a lot because I have no hiv positive friends in Puerto Rico and it's nice to speak to someone who shares our own concerns. All my gay friends have died and I'm the last one standing. God knows why I'm here, but I still don't. This Nov.10th I'll become 43 and each time my birthday arrives I wonder how it all would have turned out if I had never been infected with hiv. Where would I be? What would I be doing? Who would I be with? Though I really do not regret anything I've done in the past, the thought of just that one "moment" of intimacy with that wrong guy gets my heart beating faster when I think I could have said "NO" in that car, but my passion was driving me and when your young and horny, that is what rules our lives and obstructs our clear thinking...meow!

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Meow to the tree's
Meow to the end
of this dreadful disease...

Offline MSPspud

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Re: Who is the Catman!
« Reply #1 on: November 06, 2006, 03:57:27 pm »
Hi Catman –

Thank you for the introduction.  Newt and I were not the only ones to do an introduction.  There was actually an entire introductions thread when we jumped over to the new software at:

http://forums.poz.com/index.php?topic=338.0  Happy reading  :)

I am glad you’ve gotten over your shyness and have decided to participate.  I think your experience with treatments and being in a mixed relationship are important for all of us to learn from.  We are also desperately in need of more cat lovers as the dogs and ferrets have strong followings here.  You can never have too many cats  ;)


Offline newt

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Re: Who is the Catman!
« Reply #2 on: November 06, 2006, 04:04:57 pm »
Hello, amazing story, welcome

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Offline Miss Philicia

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Re: Who is the Catman!
« Reply #3 on: November 06, 2006, 04:16:27 pm »
Catman:  I think you meant "sLing" not swing! :)  Have enjoyed exchanging PMs with you.  Congrats on your good new numbers and next time I journey to San Juan I'll pack my chaps.
"I’ve slept with enough men to know that I’m not gay"

Offline Catman

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Re: Who is the Catman!
« Reply #4 on: November 06, 2006, 05:56:44 pm »
Ha,ha,ha. You see, Philly; I'm still a virgin at the leather thing. I DID mean sling and not swing! Thanks for the correction (blush). Now I'm all embarrassed but still laughing! What will those real leather men think of me now! Ha,ha!

Meow to the birds
Meow to the tree's
Meow to the end
of this dreadful disease...

Offline Queen Tokelove

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Re: Who is the Catman!
« Reply #5 on: November 06, 2006, 06:11:08 pm »
Nice intro...I miss Puerto Rico, was there years ago. I feel a lil jipped cause my biological father is Puerto Rican and is from Utuado, I think I spelled that right. But that's a part of my heritage I never got to know. I would like to do an intro but am not sure where to start. But I did enjoy reading yours...
Started Atripla/Ziagen on 9/13/07.
10/31/07 CD4-265 VL- undetectable
2/6/08 CD4- 401 VL- undetectable
5/7/08 CD4- 705 VL- undetectable
6/4/08 CD4- 775 VL- undetectable
8/6/08 CD4- 805 VL- undetectable
11/13/08 CD4- 774 VL--undetectable
2/4/09  CD4- 484  VL- 18,000 (2 months off meds)
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Offline J.R.E.

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Re: Who is the Catman?
« Reply #6 on: November 06, 2006, 07:06:01 pm »
Hi Catman,

Nice introduction ... Ed and I have thought on several occassions about vacationing in Puerto Rico. From Florida here, it's just a hope skip and a jump ! I have had several friends vacation there, and they have always had a great time.

All the Best-----Ray
Current Meds ; Viramune / Epzicom , 20 mg of Atorvastatin, 25 mg of Hydrochlorothiazide.
Amlodipine Besolate 5mg-- Updated 5/27/21 tested positive in 1985,.. In October of 2003, My t-cell count was 16, Viral load was over 500,000, Percentage at that time was 5%. I started on  HAART on October 24th, 2003.

 As of May 27th,21,  Viral load remains Undetectable

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Offline poet

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Re: Who is the Catman?
« Reply #7 on: November 06, 2006, 07:52:28 pm »
Thanks for the link, Jason.  I have dragged it back from June to November.  Great to start to fill in who everyone is.  Win
Winthrop Smith has published three collections of poetry: Ghetto: From The First Five; The Weigh-In: Collected Poems; Skin Check: New York Poems.  The last was published in December 2006.  He has a work-in-progress underway titled Starting Positions.

Offline AlanBama

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Re: Who is the Catman?
« Reply #8 on: November 06, 2006, 08:23:27 pm »
Hi Catman, and welcome!   Glad you have joined us.

"Remember my sentimental friend that a heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others." - The Wizard of Oz

Offline Eldon

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Re: Who is the Catman?
« Reply #9 on: November 06, 2006, 10:28:30 pm »
Hey Catman...

Very good intro.

I wish to extend to you a warm WELCOME here at the forums. Here you will find the encouragement, communication, understanding, support, some cries, some laughter, and many of your questions relating to HIV/AIDS answered.

We have a great group of Real people who will listen as well as answer you. We are here to encourage one another and to learn from each other.

Talking to other people helps us see that we are not the only ones with problems. Feel free to come and vent with whatever is on your mind from time-to-time as it is highly therapeutic.

In the interim, you may want to start taking a multi-vitamin, Omega 3 and eat a diet high in fruits, vegetables, whole grains, lean protein, and low-fat dairy and avoid processed foods, saturated and trans fats. This will also help you maintain a healthy weight.

Exercise at least three times per week for a minimum of 30 minutes.

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Offline Robert

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Re: Who is the Catman?
« Reply #10 on: November 06, 2006, 11:37:52 pm »
welcome.  Great intro.  You come from a beautiful island. You been around long enough to know we're a bunch of great people who love to share.  I'm glad you found us.


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Re: Who is the Catman?
« Reply #11 on: November 07, 2006, 01:30:59 pm »
Hi Catman!

Great introduction!

Congratulations on reaching undetectable!

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Offline Catman

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Re: Who is the Catman?
« Reply #12 on: November 08, 2006, 04:50:32 pm »
Wow. I'm pleased to be so welcome here. I was a bit shy on posting my intro because I do believe it to be something personal. Especially the part on "how I was infected". I was about to erase it thinking someone might make a "smart ass" comment and offend me but I took a deep breath and just let it go to the forum pages. I'm glad it made a good reading. I've even received some personal emails on the leather issue that have made me laugh. I will change my avatar soon because I think it is time for this cat to get out of his bag. If it's not another cat it will be a picture of myself. Like Matt (newt) says: "To keep it fresh". Thanks and a toast to you all (with a piña colada) yummy!
« Last Edit: November 11, 2006, 12:01:17 pm by Catman »

Meow to the birds
Meow to the tree's
Meow to the end
of this dreadful disease...


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