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Tested Positive
      #24071 - 10/31/01 11:54 PM

I'am a single mother of 3 children, I have always worked very hard to take care of my family. I have been in a monogamous relationship with the same man for the past seven years. Since early May I have been battling with what I thought was just sinus infections or allergies, went to a doctor at the office where I was working in early August because I just could not clear up my sinuses, he confirmed said just sinus infection or allergies, assured me not to worry. By the end of August I was hospitalized(took my children to school and went to work until I just felt like I should go to the ER and left work early) for
double - pneumonia, released for just 5 days, returned to the hospital by ambulance this time for over a month and within the first days of my stay I was told that possibly I was Hiv Positive, then it was confirmed, then my fiance took his test and he too has been diagnosed with Hiv Positive results, then at my checkup a few days after my release my doctor says that I have Aids C3, with chronic neutropenia. I'am still in shock to say the least but I'am hoping that they will find something that will stop my progression so that I can see my children grow up, go to college and have families of their own and that I will get the chance to be part of their futures.



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Re: Tested Positive new
      #24146 - 11/02/01 06:47 PM

Hi. I'm very sorry to hear of your AIDS diagnosis, but there is some good news. I've been reading that the HAART therapy can be very successful if taken properly, even at your stage of progression. They will explain it all to you I'm sure. Basically you just have to take the right number of pills exactly on time, every time. The doctors will want you to come in for blood draws to see how the drugs are working, and whether you need to switch to other drugs or not. Once the virus is under control, your body will once again be able to fight off these infections that you've been getting. So you should feel better, and live to see your children grow up and of course be part of their lives. Your fiance might not have to start taking the HAART yet, it depends on his blood results. I hope you are feeling better soon, and please don't let this thing get you down, you do have a future.



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      #24160 - 11/03/01 12:00 PM

Thank you so much for a response, I have been feeling very lonely and confused. I will ask my doctor about the treatment you have suggested. Right now I'am on several drugs for the treatment but so far I still feel very ill and very weak since I have been home it's been very hard for me to keep up with my children. Again thank you.



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      #24259 - 11/06/01 11:38 AM

I pray for you and your family GOD Bless you.



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      #24276 - 11/06/01 03:58 PM

Hi it's me again! If you're already on several drugs, there's a good chance they already have you on HAART. I hope you have a good doc who is a specialist in HIV/AIDS, not just any doc, they need to understand all the different medications that are available nowadays. If you are on HAART, I hope they explained to you how important it is to take the meds exactly as prescribed, and what to do if you miss a dose, or if you have bad side effects and have to stop taking them. Please get a good HIV specialist, don't just take my advise on meds over the internet! :) I hope you feel better soon. Rest up and keep eating lots of nutritious foods, your body needs it.



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      #24419 - 11/09/01 05:03 PM

Hi, thanks for writing again. My next appointment with my doctor, who is an Infectious Disease Specialist, will be on the 15th, I'm going to ask about HAART, right now I'm on Comibivir, Sustiva, plus Dapsone and Zithromax, for precaution so that hopefully I will not get pneumonia again, and I also take Ativan and Paxil, which one is for my heart and the other for my nerves. Thank you for writing it means alot to me.



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Re: Tested Positive new
      #24460 - 11/10/01 07:20 PM

If you are taking Combnivir and Sustiva you are already on HAART. Both are HIV drugs. Neither Ativan or Paxil are for your heart. Ativan is for Anxity and Paxil is an anti-depressant. It's good you are seeing an ID Doctor. Studies show that people with HIV that are treated by a HIV specialist do better and live longer. With HIV meds there is no reason that you shouldn't one day play with your grandkids. I have two childen myself and fully intend to spoil the hell out of mine one day!

J.



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      #24486 - 11/11/01 08:40 PM

Hi J,
You are partly right, but your wrong on one point I have to take Ativan because of my Heart Condition I'am not allowed to get upset or excited, which is very hard for me in my current situation. I just spent a month on the Telemetry floor in my local hospital because of my heart and the current toll Hiv has had on my body, I thank you very much for letting me know that I'am already on HAART. I'am very new to this and I hope to learn things, as quickly as I can, I regret for not being concerned about Aids/Hiv treatments and the disease itself until it became a concern for myself. Thank You for the information and your response, I wish you well in your recovery and I hope you will get to spoil your grandchildren as I hope to someday, you will be in my prayers.



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Re: Tested Positive new
      #26870 - 01/11/02 05:45 AM

AIDS TESTS PROVE NOTHING

1) Abbott Laboratories puts the following statement in their ELISA test kit: "ELISA testing alone cannot be used to diagnose AIDS." (Abbott 1997) This
warning is not surprising, since current practice, at least in the United States, suggests that the Western blot test is the true way to assess infection.

2) Epitope, the maker for one of the Western Blot kits warns in their package insert: "Do not use this kit as the sole basis for HIV infection." (Epitope
1997). This is somewhat
more concerning, since the Western blot is supposed to be a highly accurate test, used to confirm that the ELISA is not a false positive.

3) Roche, the maker of a popular "viral load" test kit which they call "Amplicor", state: "The amplicor HIV-1 monitor test is not intended to be used as a
screening test for HIV, nor as a diagnostic test to confirm the presence of HIV infection." (Roche 1996). This is also not surprising, since viral load is not normally used to diagnose HIV infection.

Learn more at: - http://www./aidsRC.org



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