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scottypdx
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Reged: 05/17/11
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I tested positive a month ago and I'm doing fine
      #255699 - 05/17/11 02:12 AM

Okay -

I was reading most of the posts on here, and...people seem to be taking the news of becoming positive harder than I have. And that's understandable given the world that we live in and the stigma attached to HIV.

I've been doing OK since I got my diagnosis a month ago. Of course, it would be silly to say that I doing GREAT or that everything is perfect, but I've accepted it as something I'll live with. I thought I would share a few things that have helped me:

1) Having friends who I KNOW would be supportive around. I don't want to tell people they should tell everyone right away - I know that wouldn't have worked for me, but if you know anyone with HIV, or who works in social services, who you know will be there to support you - it might be good to have them around. I know surrounding myself with people who understood what I was going through/could relate to helped me in the first two weeks.

2) Getting hooked up with my local HIV/AIDS service organization. In my case I tested positive through them, and had been getting tested there for years, so I already knew who they were. But even if you've never checked out local HIV/AIDS organizations before, they really do have great resources. Sometimes they can help with housing, healthcare, socializing - a ton of stuff.

3) Getting healthcare support. Your local HIV/AIDS service organization may be able to help with finding a medical provider who specializes in HIV/AIDS, and, if you're in the US like me, applying for a medical assistance program. I was lucky - I live in a large city, so I was able to make an appoint with an HIV specialist right away, get my initial CD4 and Viral count, and find out about insurance options with a medical case manager. If you live in a large city, there *are* doctors who are great with this. But even if you don't, there's bound to be resources somewhere. So don't give up. I know for me, I felt better knowing my exact medical condition right away. Other people who are asymptomatic might want to wait for a bit. But I know getting treated helped me out.

4) Realize that extra challenges aren't the end of the world, even if it seems like it. Again - I guess I have it lucky. I have moderate cerebral palsy, which means I've always dealt with a chronic medical condition. Having a chronic medical condition doesn't mean you can't live your life and achieve your dreams - it just means you have to be a bit stronger. I know that having HIV is going to be difficult, and I still have challenges ahead. But I'm determined to not let it get it the way of me doing what I want to do with my life.

Hope this helps someone
- Scotty

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Re: four steps to take after testing positive new
      #255709 - 05/17/11 02:03 PM

Great advice and glad to hear you've taken control of the situation and are doing well! Godspeed!

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willlive123
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Re: I tested positive a month ago and I'm doing fine new
      #255756 - 05/18/11 11:14 PM

hi.. have u taken any labs yet.....

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scottypdx
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Re: I tested positive a month ago and I'm doing fine new
      #255770 - 05/19/11 02:31 PM

Yup, I had a T-Cell Count of 700 and a viral load of 7300, so my doctor isn't putting me on meds yet.

And of course this week I have a cold which is bothering me a bit but I took my temperature and don't have a fever or anything to worry about. That must be one of most irritating things about being new diagnosed; worrying every time you get a runny nose. I think it's good to be conscious and go to the doctor if there's any bad symptoms, but you've also got to be in that mindset where HIV+ doesn't equal death, you know?

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willlive123
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Re: I tested positive a month ago and I'm doing fine new
      #255774 - 05/19/11 10:23 PM

ok.. i tested pos.. on Nov 10th and my VL in DEC was 846 and cbc was 749 and then in April my VL was 580 and my cbc was 903 my doc say im doing great and whatever im doing to make my number better keep doing it...

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medfordguy
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Re: I tested positive a month ago and I'm doing fine new
      #256279 - 06/22/11 11:43 AM

Hello,

I just found out a month ago myself, and your reaction was similar to mine. It's just something I have to deal. Once I knew I had the support of my friends and family, and found a great Dr, I knew I didn't need to feel scared, depressed or afraid.

doug

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