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Offline dancingthroughlife

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On my second bottle
« on: August 04, 2021, 01:39:41 am »
Hi all,

Just opened my second bottle of meds, and realised it's been a full month since my diagnosis.

My diagnosis came as a surprise. Didn't have any risky behaviour, and the doctor was profoundly puzzled as well on what event could have caused the infection. While the diagnosis costed me my job (Another one of those countries that rejects any foreigners with HIV) - i am profoundly grateful of where I am at now. Friends and family are very supportive and doesn't care of how/what/why I got it. They were more concerned on whether I could accept the news and live with it. On hindsight, if it's not because of the mandatory test ordered, I wouldn't have known since I didn't experience any symptoms at all.

Gonna be an interesting journey ahead. Keeping a positive attitude and let's see where my life leads me to.

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Re: On my second bottle
« Reply #1 on: August 04, 2021, 07:10:42 am »
Hiya,

Sorry to hear about the dignoisis. How is the treatment going and what are your labs looking like?

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Re: On my second bottle
« Reply #2 on: August 04, 2021, 08:09:15 am »
It breaks my heart to see we are still facing job discrimination in so many countries because of our positive status.

Don't focus on how it happened and think about your long, bright future instead.

Offline eddieispoz

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Re: On my second bottle
« Reply #3 on: August 04, 2021, 09:30:05 am »
Hi dancingthroughlife,

Sorry to hear about your diagnosis and loss of your job. Same thing happened to me, I got diagnosed a couple of months ago and had to leave the UAE because of it. I had lived and worked for many years, so I fully understand the double whammy of shock you are going through and yes, It sucks!

I am slowly coming to terms with it all. Sounds like you are too, which is good news. Pleased to hear that you have supportive family and friends, that’s all that really matters. You will get another job and live a successful and happy life somewhere else (somewhere much, much nicer!)

Good luck and embrace the next chapter, I’m sure it will be a good one.


Offline RMalongo

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Re: On my second bottle
« Reply #4 on: August 04, 2021, 12:31:54 pm »
Guess we are a couple that were deported from the UAE… the worst experience ever for me as it cost me my work, my health (mental…) as a hurricane and now have to rebuild everything from scratch.

This said, Don’t worry, you will get over it (2 months for me now and already undetectable with Biktarvy after 6 weeks). Some days, I barely think about it. When I feel a bit down,  this forum is a blessing because it brings support :)

Focus on what you really want in your life and enjoy every day as this is my mantra now…

Take care


Offline Tonny2

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Re: On my second bottle
« Reply #5 on: August 04, 2021, 06:39:42 pm »




         ojo.        Hello there!…well, the best thing about what happened to you is that you are hiv positive, now, you treat the virus, otherwise you may have gotten pretty sick and maybe even due…things happen for a reason…now, let’s see ahead, re-start and be discipline with your meds intake and adquiere a positive attitude, life goes on, because, even if you don’t believe me, there’s life after an hiv diagnosis, we are still the same persons just living with a virus that your meds will control the virus so you can take back control of your lives…good luck and please keep us posted…hugs

Offline dancingthroughlife

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Re: On my second bottle
« Reply #6 on: August 05, 2021, 06:15:28 am »
Hiya,

Sorry to hear about the dignoisis. How is the treatment going and what are your labs looking like?

Best, Jim

The treatment seems to be going well. On Truvada + Raltegravir, and doesn't seem to be causing me any side effects.

Initial CD4 at 330 with VL at 40K copies. The doc commented it's consistent with early infection, so quite fortunate it's caught early on and I have started the treatment. Gonna see how the numbers look like next month.

Offline dancingthroughlife

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Re: On my second bottle
« Reply #7 on: August 05, 2021, 06:21:16 am »
Hi dancingthroughlife,

Sorry to hear about your diagnosis and loss of your job. Same thing happened to me, I got diagnosed a couple of months ago and had to leave the UAE because of it. I had lived and worked for many years, so I fully understand the double whammy of shock you are going through and yes, It sucks!

I am slowly coming to terms with it all. Sounds like you are too, which is good news. Pleased to hear that you have supportive family and friends, that’s all that really matters. You will get another job and live a successful and happy life somewhere else (somewhere much, much nicer!)

Good luck and embrace the next chapter, I’m sure it will be a good one.

Thanks! I read your intro and just really sorry to hear that. Guess we shared some common experience (though really unfortunate)!

Pleased to hear that you're coming to terms with it too. Won't deny that I had sleepless nights wondering how my life would be easier if I didn't get this. Then again, one would only grow stronger and kinder under challenges!

Definitely looking forward to seeing where my life will bring me next. For now, I'm more anxious about travelling under pandemic condition. But hey, gonna be a memorable experience still.

Offline dancingthroughlife

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Re: On my second bottle
« Reply #8 on: August 05, 2021, 06:23:03 am »



         ojo.        Hello there!…well, the best thing about what happened to you is that you are hiv positive, now, you treat the virus, otherwise you may have gotten pretty sick and maybe even due…things happen for a reason…now, let’s see ahead, re-start and be discipline with your meds intake and adquiere a positive attitude, life goes on, because, even if you don’t believe me, there’s life after an hiv diagnosis, we are still the same persons just living with a virus that your meds will control the virus so you can take back control of your lives…good luck and please keep us posted…hugs

Thanks! Definitely, there is a life after an HIV diagnosis that is no different from anyone else.

Offline dancingthroughlife

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Re: On my second bottle
« Reply #9 on: August 05, 2021, 06:30:45 am »
Guess we are a couple that were deported from the UAE… the worst experience ever for me as it cost me my work, my health (mental…) as a hurricane and now have to rebuild everything from scratch.

This said, Don’t worry, you will get over it (2 months for me now and already undetectable with Biktarvy after 6 weeks). Some days, I barely think about it. When I feel a bit down,  this forum is a blessing because it brings support :)

Focus on what you really want in your life and enjoy every day as this is my mantra now…

Take care

Sorry to hear the hurricane you're going through but great to hear you've reached UD!

Will definitely keep your advice ~ enjoying every day and working towards my dream.

 


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