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Author Topic: My closest sibling may be HIV pos, looking for guidance  (Read 1405 times)

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Offline taylourmade21

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My closest sibling may be HIV pos, looking for guidance
« on: September 03, 2018, 06:14:30 pm »
Recently my sibling informed me that they have been drinking heavily, daily, for the course of the summer. One night while my sibling is drunk they tell me that they are HIV positive and that they are going to die not being able to see their young children graduate. My sibling proceeded to say that they have tried to see someone however they are now viewed different or labeled because of the stigma, and they cannot afford the medications. My sibling tells me that they are drunk simply because they donít want to think or feel or know...
The next day my sibling tells me that they donít know what happened the night before, I give the recap and then my sibling tells me that they donít know for sure if they have HIV, and deflects the conversation by saying they would harm the ex-lover that would have transmitted it.
I simply informed my sibling that I love them, and I will always be here to advocate and live with them regardless of HIV. I donít know if my sibling has HIV or if they will tell me anything else, but if they are HIV positive and come to me, I want to be prepared to offer guidance, support, and assistance in anyway I can.
I am seeking information about paying for HIV treatment, or personal experiences with struggling to pay for medications, as I believe this is a real concern for my sibling.


Offline Ptrk3

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Re: My closest sibling may be HIV pos, looking for guidance
« Reply #1 on: September 03, 2018, 06:29:50 pm »
If your sibling is unsure as to he or she is HIV-positive, he or she should first test for HIV-antibodies.  That is the only way to know.  All other speculation is a waste of time and energy.

If your sibling is, indeed, HIV-positive, there are numerous assistance-programs potentially available, depending on financial circumstances and geographic location.

Perusing this board may give you some ideas:

https://forums.poz.com/index.php?board=27.0

You could also google your location and HIV-programs, which may provide you with more local information.
HIV 101 - Basics
HIV 101
You can read more about Transmission and Risks here:
HIV Transmission and Risks
You can read more about Testing here:
HIV Testing
You can read more about Treatment-as-Prevention (TasP) here:
HIV TasP
You can read more about HIV prevention here:
HIV prevention
You can read more about PEP and PrEP here
PEP and PrEP

Offline 0134580

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Re: My closest sibling may be HIV pos, looking for guidance
« Reply #2 on: November 21, 2018, 09:51:12 am »
In my city our local health departments covers the costs

 


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