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awesomesnuggle
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Spouse recently diagnosed
      #270966 - 03/05/13 05:53 AM

My husband has recently been diagnosed with HIV. He has not seen a specialist yet, just his primary care provider. I tested negative and am now in the waiting period to be retested in 3 months.

So many things are running through our heads right now. We have spent many hours crying and thinking.

I am just here for support and to give any support I can and learn as much as I can about HIV.

My sister died from AIDS in 1998. I hoped that HIV or AIDS would never affect anybody in my family ever again.

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Danigirl
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Re: Spouse recently diagnosed new
      #270976 - 03/05/13 10:53 PM

Sorry to hear of your husbands diagnosis, " awesomesnuggle". I know how scary and devastating it feels. My husband tested positive back in January..so far I am negative.

Just know that with today's advancements it is not necessarily a death sentence it is a chronic disease that can be managed. Of course it will take some work on his part by keeping a heathy lifestyle and staying up on his medication should he be placed on any.

Get a good Infectious Disease Doctor and try to stay positive. There is hope!





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Re: Spouse recently diagnosed new
      #271002 - 03/07/13 04:38 PM

My deepest condolences over your sisters death. Though it has been many years I imagine it gave you some deep concern when your husband became pos. Things have changed . History need not repeat itself dear. Enjoy life together you both have many years ahead to enjoy.

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lilfshrmn
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Re: Spouse recently diagnosed new
      #271081 - 03/11/13 10:58 AM

I too, was a married man infected. One thing is certain, the truth is out. The secret no longer has power in your relationship.
You're true to your vows to stay with him in sickness. My wife also chose her vows when faced with this disease.
I was diagnosed late stage with AIDs, 3 infections, nearly dying. She stayed with me through recovery and now assists with med reminders, food intake, daily living essentials. I'm still recovering physically with some central nervous system effects. Mentally and spiritually I'm doing well. As I said, the fear no longer has power over me. I am truly grateful to my wife for being willing to forgive me and try my best to honor her every day. We are closer now than we've been in the 30 years we've been married.
I would be remiss if I didn't mention faith. My spouse's committment to our marriage, no matter what, gave me hope. I have met survivors of this and other diseases who have restored my senses of empathy, compassion.
My faith is expanding in multiple dimensions.
Let's hope your husband's strain is not drug resistant and he gets meds when required. They will be required...


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