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Offline newbie92

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Life Changes...
« on: August 07, 2014, 07:24:32 PM »
I'm just curious to know...
Has being positive change your career?
Has being positive change your life for better or for worse?

Offline Irish Eyes

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Re: Life Changes...
« Reply #1 on: August 07, 2014, 07:35:53 PM »
Zero impact anywhere.
10/30/13          Exposure
Mid-Nov-Jan    Seroconversion (7-8 rough wks)
12.26.2013      WB dx. HIV+
02.01.2014      OraQuick (result Negative?)
01.31.2014      VL 250700
02.03.2014      CD4  491  26%
02.26.2014      CD4  503  26%
03.05.2014      HLA B6701  not present
03.18.2014      VL 530873 (typical fluctuation)
03.21.2014      Start Stribild
04.14.2014      VL 104 after 24 doses
05.12.2014      VL 129 after 52 doses
06.10.2014      CD4 940 32%
06.11.2014      VL 87
07.22.2014      VL 20
09.23.2014      VL 43
11.26.2014      CD4 1350 33%
01.26.2015.     VL 27
01.26.2015      VL <20
06/03/2015      VL 28
06/03/2015      CD4 1135 42%
12/10/2015      VL 27
12/10/2015      CD4 1111 36% cd8+tcell 1058 34%
06/23/2016      VL 49
06/23/2016      CD4 1255 41% cd8+tcell 882 29%

Offline NewAdventure1

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Re: Life Changes...
« Reply #2 on: August 07, 2014, 10:09:58 PM »
Nope. I found out back at the beginning of June I was positive. I was set to start Nursing School August 18th. I was devestated and did not think I could continue in nursing given my status. After meeting with my ID Office and going through all the new patient stuff I brought up my desire to be a Nurse and asked if it was still a possibility.  The staff told me to not stop pursuing my dream! I was elated! 
Now I am starting nursing school in just 11 days!

I believe since I found out I am positive I take much better care of myself and have developed a new desire out of life. I am more motivated to set goals and do everything to accomplish them.
02/2013 Tested Negative
Exposure between 02/2013-10/2013
06/03/2014 Tested Positive
06/06/2014  VL 787 CD4 881 38%
07/08/2014 VL 1756 CD4 813 38%
07/27/2014 Started Complera
09/08/2014 Undetectable VL!
11/2014- Undetectable VL
2/2015-:Undetectable CD4 771 39%
7/2/2015: VL UD
11/16/2015 : VL-UD CD4 804 43%
3/18/2016 : VL- undetectable
7/25/2016 : VL -UD CD4 1104 41%
8/25/2016 Switched from Complera to Odefsey!

Offline pittman

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Re: Life Changes...
« Reply #3 on: August 07, 2014, 11:25:58 PM »
Being HIV+ has not directly affected my career. I never had any symptoms that really manifested and so I never needed to take time off or anything like that.  (I have also never disclosed my status at work either, though with international travel I always paid attention to possible travel restrictions.  Haven't faced any yet.)

Now indirectly  I would say that it has packed me in that I have made some different career choices because of outlook changes.

1) I was very stressed and overworked. I knew that was bad so I actively looked until I found a less stressful but still challenging position.   I now work normal hours for much more pay.

2) I am better equipped to empathetically deal with the health challenges my  employees bring me. Cancer, mental illness, whatever. I take it all in stride and we all  just adjust to the situation.

I am a happier person now than I was years ago when I was negative. Not because of my HIV status, but because of how I have adjusted to it.


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