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lkn4u
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Reged: 04/24/08
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Just dignosed HIV+ in the Army
      #238773 - 04/24/08 08:24 PM

Hello all,

I have just been given the news I am HIV+ and I am overseas right now and I guess will be sent back to the states very very soon. I have almost 20 years in service and I am just lost as to what to do and where to go from now on. After reading some of the posts and what info I have found on the internet it is quite possible to live a somewhat "normal" life. Now I am concerned about health insurance, how can I afford the proper medications once I retire, how do I live with the stigma, who do I let know, all kinds of stuff just pops up and would be great if I can talk with someone who has or is going through it now.

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Choosing2Liv
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Reged: 03/21/06
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Re: Just dignosed HIV+ in the Army new
      #238779 - 04/25/08 09:59 AM

Hello LKN,

I am sorry to hear about your news. You have the same questions going through your head that most of us did, plus the added stigma of being positive in the military. My heart goes out to you.

Please try to take one day at a time, and if necessary, one minute at a time. Things will work out if you keep your head together. You have already made a good step by coming here, educating yourself and seeking help from those who have been where you are. Keep coming and we will do our best to answer your questions and provide you with encouragement and hope. YOU WILL MAKE IT!

There are several people on here who are currently in the military. Hopefully, they will be able to answer some of your questions about health insurance and medication. If not, I'm sure you are not the first person in the military who have contracted hiv, so there are probably systems in place or at least someone within the system who can guide you.

Best of luck; and keep posting!
Gary


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whocanfigure
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Reged: 09/01/07
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Re: Just dignosed HIV+ in the Army new
      #239231 - 05/13/08 12:41 AM

I am sorry to hear about your diagnosis. I am retired military and was diagnosed after I was out. What is the Army policy? You may be sent back stateside, but why would they discharge you now? I have a friend who was diagnosed HIV Poz while she was in the military active duty and she is retired on 100% disability rating; therefor receives VA care. The statistics say the longevity for HIV people, treated properly, is about 24.5 years....some people have done well longer than that. Its extremely difficult at first; there are sooo many things that we go through; stigma, fear of disclosure, will we have normal relationships, will we be alone, fear, shame...they are all feelings you are entitled to. As far as who to let know...is it necessary to let anyone know right now? Take the time to think about who really needs to know (aside from your healthcare provider and significant other). You don't really need to disclose to anyone right now....only if and when you think its necessary or if you want. You will go through a lot of feelings right now and are entitled to them; but the most important thing to remember is: You are still the person you were before your HIV. You are valuable, you are important, you need not live in fear. Don't let the virus rule your life; get information, be proactive in your care and eventually accept it. It is what it is and you can't change the past. This is a great site and you came to the right place for friends and support. You can email me anytime here; or at neurotransmit@msn.com if you want to talk about anything.
Take care,
Bernadine (Bernie)

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chiefe8
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Reged: 05/15/08
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Re: Just dignosed HIV+ in the Army new
      #239320 - 05/15/08 10:37 AM

Sorry to hear about your diagnosis.
I was found to be HIV+ while in the Navy in 1988. I retired active duty and received medical care from the Navy for 9 yrs until moving to an area where military care was not available. I applied to the VA and received a 30% disability for HIV due to contracting it while on active duty.
I am doing fine yet today. I lead an active, "normal" life, whatever that is, am still married to the same woman. Over the years I have followed my doctors advice. Taken my meds as prescribed, followed a healthy diet and excercise program and did not let the HIV dictate what I did with my life.
As you can see I am a long time survivor, my Viral load is undectable and CD4 count is relatively high.
My advice is ...stay focused on life. read up on info especially this site and follow doctors orders.
Good luck and stay healthy. It can be done

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Robert1
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Reged: 05/29/07
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Re: Just dignosed HIV+ in the Army new
      #239346 - 05/16/08 06:01 PM

The veterans hospital cares for more people with HIV than any other place
http://www.hiv.va.gov/

There are lots of vets with HIV. I think being in the army is a risk factor for hiv!

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dfree
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Reged: 04/30/08
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Re: Just dignosed HIV+ in the Army new
      #239351 - 05/16/08 11:36 PM

FIRST OF ALL PRAY NEXT IF YOU ARE RETIRRE FROM THE ARMY I'M SURE YOU WILL HAVE COVERAGE. NEXT TAKE TIME TO EXCEPT YOU NEWS. I SAY TELL NO ONE BY CLOSE FAMILY MEMBERS THAT YOU THINK THAT CAN AHANDLE THE NEWS IN A ADULT MATTER MEANING A PERSON WHO WANT JUSGE YOU AND SPREAD YOU BUSINESS I WOULD TELL MY KIDS. YOU REALLY CAN TRUST THEM NOT TO TELL NO ONE AND SUPRISING THEY CAN BE TRUSTED AND SUPPORTED

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dfree
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Re: Just dignosed HIV+ in the Army new
      #239352 - 05/16/08 11:37 PM

GREAT ADVICE I COULD HAVE NOT SAYED IT ANY BETTER

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pozinservice
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Reged: 05/14/07
Posts: 16
Re: Just dignosed HIV+ in the Army new
      #239353 - 05/16/08 11:40 PM

dude, first off dont get out before 20 years... once you retire your health care is completely taken care of... and that means youre meds too... you need to get in touch w/ the team at Walter Reed. I've been seen by them for four years and so many questions/concerns i've had have been answered by them... here contat Eileen Nolan at eileen.nolan-polite@amedd.army.mil. she's leaving the ID section but can still get you on the right path.

I'm sure you have a lot of concerns and at some points freaked out... i've been there too. if you like you can e-mail me here or at army42B@gmail.com. having been thru this for the past 4 years i've learned a lot and been thru way too much to let anyone else go thru it alone...

a friend...

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dfree
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Re: Just dignosed HIV+ in the Army new
      #239354 - 05/16/08 11:41 PM

WHAT I CAN'T BELIEVE IS PEOPLE ARE STILL HAVE UNPROTIVE SEX. AND DATED PEOPLE WITHOUT FIRST GETTING A HIV TEST. COME ON PEOPLE WAKE UP.

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pozinservice
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Re: Just dignosed HIV+ in the Army new
      #239355 - 05/16/08 11:58 PM

before you start expressing any feelings about people having unprotive sex... please understand that some of us had this done to us. I love my wife and she was a wonderful person before drugs became her life... my only fault was not leaving sooner - but then again; i loved her and i love her even today.

so, at this point - remember that regardless of what anyone did or didn't do to have this... we don't need to point out faults and misdirect our anger at others...

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pozmech
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Reged: 05/23/08
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Re: Just dignosed HIV+ in the Army new
      #239460 - 05/23/08 07:59 AM

Don't panic. You will probably be returned stateside for your evaluation within 60 days of your diagnosis. You will be reassigned somewhere stateside in most cases. Provided you're not extremely ill you will still be deemed medically fit for duty. You will have to retire at the end of your current enlistment as you are non deployable. Apply for a VA disability and list everything you've had wrong over the life of your enlistment. You can get your SGLI converted to VGLI provided there isn't a 120 day lapse in your policy. Otherwise you have to have a medical eval. You will still have your MTF treatment or VA treatment options. (Full VA care Priority 1 if you have a 50% or greater disability rating)

You'll be fine--you're just being hit with a lot at once. Hang in there. I went through exactly what you're going through now and it's daunting in the beginning. A few years on and I'm very settled. Life will get better

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Samurai
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Reged: 06/25/08
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Loc: Texas, USA
Re: Just dignosed HIV+ in the Army new
      #240281 - 06/28/08 02:04 PM

I'm a veteran and here in Texas, we get treatment from the VA Medical Center for HIV instead of the county hospitals. The doctors are fantastic, and the meds only cost me a small co payment of $8 each. The Dallas VA is first class, and so is the treatment. I have friends who are not veterans and they wish they could get the care we get at the VA. Depending on which state you will live in, the VA might take care of you. In Dallas, they treat over 700 HIV patients and they know what they are doing. Life is very good now with no side effects or problems.

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I am forever amazed at the abundance of hydrogen and ignorance in the universe.
~Albert Einstein

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ANewMe27
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Re: Just dignosed HIV+ in the Army new
      #242046 - 09/14/08 08:59 PM

thank u so much for that web site very helpful info

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mountainman
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Reged: 10/16/07
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Loc: minnesota
Re: Just dignosed HIV+ in the Army new
      #242926 - 10/27/08 06:38 PM

Hang in there bud, you will be surprised at the support you will get at the VA.

4 year veteran Vietnam Era, and recieving fantastic care at the VA in Minneapolis. Turns out, it's a training facility for other Dr.'s. as well.

Best care, best people, and you can request your medical records are super secured, so no one but those in need can see them.

Best of luck, we all have to pull together these coming years and protect the VA funding for no matter what ails us.

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sbev1981
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Re: Just dignosed HIV+ in the Army new
      #245047 - 03/20/09 07:10 PM

Ok so I was recently diagnose with HIV 7 weeks ago when I went in to be checked for a cough that would not go away! I was a bit upset that the Dr. would even ask me to get checked for HIV especially when I thought I could never get it. So I get a call back and find out that my test results came back positive for HIV. The first thing that my doctor told me before I let wild crazy things run through my head was to first know that I was not going to die from the virus.
I have started seeing a wonderful HIV specialist at UCSF 360 Positive Center (Amanda Parrott) which I could not ask for someone more educated and caring for people with HIV. I found out my CD4 was 207 and my VL was 13,000 after starting Atripla ARVT within a month my CD4 has increased to 400 and my VL undetectable. Being new to the HIV seen I must say that 8 weeks ago I had a horrible thought on the virus. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE take me as walking proof that HIV is controllable and is now considered a Chronic Illness (just like Diabetes).
I have been researching on the daily to understand the virus and know what I should be looking forward to for the future which is mainly living a healthy life (no drugs, drinking, partying, and NO MISSING MY MEDICATION)!!
I have a friend that is a Virologist in chemistry and has explained to me the rat race that is happening on the daily to find the cure for this virus. I have recently found a scientist in Houston Texas that believes that he may have found the cure for HIV which may start Human clinical trials this year. HAVE HOPE!! If your scared it's ok but just remember YOU WILL LIVE AND NOT DIE FROM THIS!!
I have had my days where I am a bit depressed about the thought that I have something going on, but at the end of the day I look at it and think (there are worse things in life). I am now battling to help this doctor with his research and hoping that we see this evolution happen. I have some contribution forms that I would be more than happy to forward you which will need to be sent to University of Texas but it's great hope.
If you feel like you ever want to chat or feel like you would like to join me in this battle against this virus please feel free to e-mail me.
sbem1981@yahoo.com
Remember you will be ok and will live as long as you want to!

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