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jake
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home test positive?
      #47212 - 12/15/02 03:48 AM

Took home test and just received the results back, I am hiv +. I do not have a doctor or insurance so I am behind already. I am worried though, I think I may be a fast progressor I am 44, smoke, do not exercise much. I dont know tcell counts or viral load yet I have not been to a doctor. I am nervous and more than a little scared. The reason I did the test in the first place was because I had a bunch of fungal problems on skin that didnt go away and general health just didnt feel right. I am wondering if since I am showing these Thrush and skin rash problems so early do you think I am a fast progressor, due to my age and not taking care of myself?



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Re: home test positive? new
      #47216 - 12/07/02 02:38 PM

Don't worry if you are a fast progressor. Just get your viral load and tcell count. There are lots of great medications now. Take Tenofovir and sustiva and one more more nrti. Go to see a hiv specialist--someone with a minimum of 50 patients. Make sure it's someone really experienced. And be pro active. Read as much as you can on this site and elsewhere and learn a lot about treatment and then take the medications religiously and you should live a long life!

YOu can get the drugs for free. Most states have a program called ADAP and they pay for the AIDS medications. The states pay for it depending on how much money you make. So in Georgia if you make under 25,000 or so you can apply for program...in New York it's under 40,000 or so. You can call the state you live in to get the info look here for the phone numbers http://www.thebody.com/sfaf/drugassist.html
Also, go to the largest AIDS organization near you and become a client and they can guide you through the resources. Unless you have a high viral load or low T-cell count you will not have to start treatment immediatley.
More lots of great information, look at:
http://www.thebody.com/learning.html



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Re: home test positive? new
      #47557 - 12/08/02 02:30 PM

As the other poster says, there are quite a few agencies that can be of help. Since you did a home test, you might want to go ahead and get a test done at a clinic just to confirm your results.

Certainly get in and see a doctor ASAP. It's quite possible that you won't even need meds for some time, but you won't know until you find out where you are presently with your Viral Load and CD4's.

Take care of yourself. The most important thing I've found was to minimize the stress in my life. Stress doesn't help. Of course that's advice for anyone, but especially when you are working to keep your CD4 up and VL down. It's just as important as medication. Stress weakens the immune system, so it's very important to be good to yourself.

Good Luck



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Re: home test positive? new
      #47906 - 12/09/02 11:05 AM

Congratulations on testing I know it wasnt easy. If you have no health insurance you should be able to enroll in the states ACCESS program to start getting your blood monitored. Its important to find out where your t cell count is and your viral load. Call a local AIDS line and see what the recommend. Do you have a Body Positive agency by any chance in your state? Most of all you should qualify for some state help. Make some phone calls to find out what is out there.

Good luck. It's not too late to start getting healthy but you have got to start taking care of yourself if you want to fight this. Eating right and exercise are important to staying healthy, hiv + or not.



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jake
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Re: home test positive? new
      #47933 - 12/09/02 03:09 PM

Hi guys I appreciate the feedback it is greatly needed. I am feeling somewhat low at this time. One question can I really beleive that I can live a long life with this virus?



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Re: home test positive? new
      #48120 - 12/10/02 09:47 AM

Jake if you take care of yourself and keep your health monitored, you can live 20 years or more with HIV. No joke. There is one counsellor from one of the forums on this site thats been + since 1977 and says he has had no HIV related illnesses to date. The actual time frame from HIV to AIDS is 8-10 years without any treatment. With meds that time frame can be extended out for years. You do no thave to ever get sick. Only people that do not take care of themselves, or follow a DR's care are likely to get sick. You are going to have to change your lifestyle a bit. I would see about some non profit counselling groups in your area. HIV only has to be a death sentence if you let it.

Good luck!



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Jake
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less stress? new
      #48384 - 12/11/02 04:54 PM

Need some suggestions! How do I lower stress? Quite frankly I am extremely stressed, anxious and scared. I realize with the new meds I can live for a long time its very hard to convince myself of that fact at this time. I have been very depressed I am very alone with this thing at this time I know I need to get going and get my numbers and be evaluated just having a hard time getting out of this funk. Ive got these fungal skin things that wont go away so every time I look in the mirror its a constant reminder. Sorry I know Im whinning there are surely people on here that have been living with this for a long time Im just looking for some feedback.



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