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HIV and depression
      #185488 - 04/09/06 09:15 AM

Been asymptomatic for over 20 years , and living with fear as to when will I finally get sick. Defense mechanism of not disclosing has turned to a life of very limited amount of friends which has resulted in lonliness. I find myself crying for no reason.

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      #185494 - 04/09/06 10:04 AM

I think any of us living with HIV can relate to the fact that we live two seperate lives. We're one person with people that know and another to people that don't. It's a secret. It keeps us from getting close to people. It leads to isolation....

Believe me, you are not alone in that feeling. I still keep that wall around...I don't tell just anybody. BUT...I (well we, ) made our mind up that if someone might just become a close friend, tell. Then the barrier is down.

They either want to know me or they don't. There haven't been too many people that have taken the news poorly.

Asymptomatic after all this time. That's a great!

Don't spend too much time looking at when you will get sick. Not to be morbid, but you know the might just get hit by a bus tomorrow.

Depression in people living with HIV is very common. Please do yourself a HUGE favor and talk to your doctor about all this. You don't have to deal with depression alone. Get help. We all need it from time to time.

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      #185496 - 04/09/06 10:08 AM

Being asymptomatic myself, I can only say that it becomes a source of joy. Get into counseling if your mental state is affecting your ability to live life the way you want to. Its important for you to recognize if there is a problem. Then seek help.

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      #185506 - 04/09/06 11:13 AM

Jackie, you made my day! Thanks! You hit the bullseye!

You Are What You Tolerate.

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      #185526 - 04/09/06 04:08 PM

I agree with AIDS2HIV: "people are only as sick as the secrets they keep."

I disclose(d) to the people in my life I am close to right away – friends, family, and partners. Those of us who are POZ have enough to deal with without carrying the added burden of isolation.

I hope you can find someone in your life to lean on, and until then, at least continue to reach out here and any other place you can find support.

May you go on being asymptomatic for a long time to come, but if and when the time comes, you’ll want as much personal support as you can muster.


Follow your honest heart

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      #185571 - 04/09/06 09:43 PM

What has been working for me is finding a therapist who specializes in HIV issues. It is wonderful to be able to talk to someone who may not be poz but they know about the issues that poz people deal with. It has made a huge difference. I have even upped the sessions to twice a week. I also have 2 support groups that I go to once a month. It helps to have face to face contact with people who are poz. Try to find one in your area. It will help.

HIV is a part of me, but it does not define me!!!

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      #185628 - 04/10/06 11:02 AM

Being asymptomatic should be turned around into a blessing not a curse. Dont wait for the shoe to fall.. It may not fall has hard as you think. And then, you have missed some important times that may have been just fear and worry.. I am much like Co, all my closeest friends, family, Mom and Dad and Co-Workers know me and my husbands status. "The weight of the world was lifted." I am not saying this is for everyone, but for me it was a life saver..


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      #211307 - 10/10/06 10:01 PM

i know how u feel because i just found out 3 months ago and i cant stop crying so just keep praying and try to stay focus and may god bless u and protect u

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