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Author Topic: Just diagnosed and sat down with Health Dept  (Read 4964 times)

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Offline ibi4011

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Just diagnosed and sat down with Health Dept
« on: August 22, 2014, 01:20:23 PM »
It's been a week since I found out through bloodwork that I'm HIV positive, but I was just wondering about some things I heard after meeting with the Health Dept here.  The "counselor" informed me that not everyone has to undergo treatment, which seemed opposite of the stories I've heard from others who have been diagnosed.  Understandably, it's an option to refuse treatment but I've heard from most that they have to take a pill or a couple a day to manage it and insure that it doesn't continue to spread.  Am I right in understanding this?

Offline drewm

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Re: Just diagnosed and sat down with Health Dept
« Reply #1 on: August 22, 2014, 01:32:12 PM »
It's been a week since I found out through bloodwork that I'm HIV positive, but I was just wondering about some things I heard after meeting with the Health Dept here.  The "counselor" informed me that not everyone has to undergo treatment, which seemed opposite of the stories I've heard from others who have been diagnosed.  Understandably, it's an option to refuse treatment but I've heard from most that they have to take a pill or a couple a day to manage it and insure that it doesn't continue to spread.  Am I right in understanding this?

Technically, the counselor is correct in that not everyone diagnosed as HIV positive has to begin treatment immediately, however, that depends on lab results in consultation with a physician. I would not rely on a public health counselor for medical advice, per se. See a doctor.
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Offline ibi4011

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Re: Just diagnosed and sat down with Health Dept
« Reply #2 on: August 22, 2014, 01:42:54 PM »
Thanks...I just thought it was a bit of a stretch to say most don't receive treatment.  I'm supposed to meet with an ID next week and get my first count and go from there, but just wanted to make sure I knew what to kind of expect in terms of next steps.

Offline Jeff G

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Re: Just diagnosed and sat down with Health Dept
« Reply #3 on: August 22, 2014, 01:51:52 PM »
Welcome to the forum . The truth is most will need treatment and its rare that person can go without life saving meds in the long run . This does not mean you need meds right now today but deciding what is right and if its time is something your doctor will help guide you with . You also have us as a source of information and support . Please find a doctor that deals with HIV and you will be OK . Best wishes .
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Offline mecch

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Re: Just diagnosed and sat down with Health Dept
« Reply #4 on: August 22, 2014, 02:44:09 PM »
"The "counselor" informed me that not everyone has to undergo treatment"

"Thanks...I just thought it was a bit of a stretch to say most don't receive treatment."

Those aren't even the same thing. 

It sounds to me like there was misunderstanding and miscommunications going on.

Yes not everyone has to undergo treatment at diagnosis.  It's eventually...

"most don't receive treatment"  - if that person really said exactly that, he/she is not qualified for the job.  Ignore such idiocy.

The only people who don't need treatment are LTNP - long-term non-progressors - who might go a few decades. Even slow progressors need it in 10 or 15 years.

Some docs and researchers say its justifiable to just start treatment soon after someone is diagnosed,  and has the mindset and resources to follow the treatment well.  No matter the numbers.

You must have misunderstood something, or that counsellor is an idiot.

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Offline jermaine.r1

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Re: Just diagnosed and sat down with Health Dept
« Reply #5 on: August 22, 2014, 03:52:17 PM »
from when I went into treatment my cd4 levels had to go below a certain number in my area it had to be 500 . either you take the meds or not it's your choice but I done what you thought I quit for a year it will kill u . I was lucky . told me I was a train going off a cliff sooner or later u will go off , not my choice to go out like that

Offline mecch

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Re: Just diagnosed and sat down with Health Dept
« Reply #6 on: August 22, 2014, 06:48:07 PM »
Hi Jermaine welcome to the forum.
“From each, according to his ability; to each, according to his need” 1875 K Marx

Offline jermaine.r1

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Re: Just diagnosed and sat down with Health Dept
« Reply #7 on: August 23, 2014, 04:39:45 PM »
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Offline jermaine.r1

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Re: Just diagnosed and sat down with Health Dept
« Reply #8 on: August 23, 2014, 04:43:16 PM »
is it true in the u.s we don't need to take medications for a 3 month shot ?
I heard from my dr
I meant be off meds but take a shot every 3 months

Offline mecch

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Re: Just diagnosed and sat down with Health Dept
« Reply #9 on: August 23, 2014, 05:45:35 PM »
Jermaine why don't you start a new thread for yourself.

There is no HIV treatment anywhere in the world that is NOT everyday, and pills. There is no 3 month shot.
“From each, according to his ability; to each, according to his need” 1875 K Marx

Offline Poppy33

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Re: Just diagnosed and sat down with Health Dept
« Reply #10 on: August 24, 2014, 07:41:37 AM »
My doctor says that a 3 month shot is coming soon. He also said don't be the first to jump on the wagon.

Offline mecch

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Re: Just diagnosed and sat down with Health Dept
« Reply #11 on: August 24, 2014, 08:58:49 AM »
My doctor says that a 3 month shot is coming soon. He also said don't be the first to jump on the wagon.
"They" have been talking about that "coming soon" for years. Do you have any specific concrete news to share?  Such a option will be most welcome!  ;D
“From each, according to his ability; to each, according to his need” 1875 K Marx

Offline Poppy33

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Re: Just diagnosed and sat down with Health Dept
« Reply #12 on: August 24, 2014, 06:52:26 PM »
I am on,y repeating what my doc says. He says probably by end of the year.

Offline Jeff G

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Re: Just diagnosed and sat down with Health Dept
« Reply #13 on: August 24, 2014, 06:55:37 PM »
I am on,y repeating what my doc says. He says probably by end of the year.

It definitely will not be by the end of the year so don't get your hopes up OK .  ;)
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Offline timmm55

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Re: Just diagnosed and sat down with Health Dept
« Reply #14 on: August 26, 2014, 02:05:21 PM »
There is no reason to wait.

You are detectable. With a new infection the viral load is very high, Don't wait for the easy 3 month shot.

Today, an undetectable viral load is the closest we have to a
cure.

http://www.unaids.org/en/media/unaids/contentassets/documents/speech/2014/07/20140720_sp_exd_aids2014opening_en.pdf

 


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