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i am a 34 year old gay man...
      #489 - 03/30/00 05:50 PM

I am a 34 year old gay man and have been positive since April of
1986. I was diagnosed with AIDS in July of 1995 and had to go on
disability in January of 1996. I lost a lover on July 28, 1992.
He killed himself because he felt he could live with the disease
no longer. I have been doing fairly well and have been following
the native american path, taking no modern medications. I am
currently healthy and am considering my options of these new
drugs, but stop and ask myself "Am I ready for this yet?" Do I
need to do this yet? What will happen to me? I feel I cannot get
any medical assistance unless I comply with "them" and take
"their" medications. They pulled my rotted teeth out of my mouth
and then put me on a spend down with out replacing the teeth,
using the explaination that they couldn't because no impressions
were made. I feel very insecure with the direction my medical
life is going and frankly am to the point where I feel that this
disease is beginning to control my life. This really bothers me
because my philosophy has always been that I am living with this
"dis-ease" rather than dying from it. So, I ask you, What is a
man to do?


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      #30436 - 03/23/02 01:52 AM

Hello Mr. Anonymous,

Like you I've been positive since the mid 80s, and was diagnosed with AIDS in 1993. Your situation sounds a lot like what I've gone through. Not only did I have dental problems, I've also had problems with compliance, because I hate the idea of taking this kind of medications for the rest of my life.

Also because of being multiracial most people don't know how to deal with me. They seem to think I am Puerto Rican when in reality I'm more of a Native American Creole. For that reason I've turn more to the native ways in looking for any kind of relief, and to improve my quality of life.

By the way, have you heard about the Two Spirit Gathering in Oklahoma? It will be held from April 15th through April 17th at the Osage Reservation. I'm planning on going, and it would be nice to meet you there.


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