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Author Topic: My first day of being positive.  (Read 958 times)

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Offline patrick98

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My first day of being positive.
« on: April 18, 2020, 02:31:38 am »
Hi All,

I am writing because today, I found out I tested positive. I am 21, have never shown any kind of symptom or had a thought that iíd be positive. I got tested regularly.

Well, here I am. Today has been very emotional, And scary. I understand I will most likely live a normal life, and that everything iím feeling is valid. But however, I canít help but think. Why me.

So I guess this post was a newcomer kind of thing. I am so uneducated about everything around HIV. I just know the basics of what is is, how it can affect the body. I guess this is more of an introduction post.

However, if anyone has tips on coping with the diagnosis, or tips on just anything I may run into in life, Please, Please feel free to share them with me.

In the mean time, I am going to continue to be positive about the whole situation, as this is part of my life, not my whole life. I will get through this, and I will be going to doctors as of monday, to get on a treatment plan and have further testing done.

Offline Jim Allen

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Re: My first day of being positive.
« Reply #1 on: April 18, 2020, 03:08:54 am »

I'm presuming you have had a reactive antibodies test, I can understand this can be a shock, distressing and a lot to digest. Most of us have been through this, hang in there.

However, also keep in mind a reactive antibodies test is not a diagnosis, they are highly sensitive but not very specific. False reactive results do happen, so before presuming anything follow-up with your doctor for confirmation testing to confirm your HIV status. In the meantime try not to overthink things too much.

If your diagnosis is confirmed then getting onto treatment will be important and your doctor should help you by recommending what treatment combination will best suit you. There is some easy to digest information in the POZ lessons here: https://www.poz.com/basics/hiv-basics/newly-diagnosed

Until you have had further testing completed and can share the results, I am going to ask you to only post in this one thread. Feel free to post any question you have here.

I understand I will most likely live a normal life

Yeah, if your HIV status is confirmed then with treatment, life goes on and you can live a long "normal" life with HIV.  HIV with treatment simply isn't the roadblock to living a full life as it once was.

Take it easy, keep us posted.

Best, Jim

« Last Edit: April 18, 2020, 03:11:06 am by Jim Allen »
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