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lifepart2
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Recent positive, first visit with specialist tmrw.
      #262576 - 04/19/12 06:33 PM

I tested positive on March 30. I was having some routine blood work done and on a whim asked for HIV test as well. Rest of the stuff turned out good, HIV test not so good.

My family doctor told me that my numbers are very good (low), but didn't tell me what they were. He told me that if I had gotten tested just a few months ago, I would have shown negative. He estimates that I was infected 6-12 months ago.

I'm a hetero male, and I wasn't whoring around. I met and dated a few women in that time span, turns out one of them was infected and passed it on to me.

I've since met someone very special to me. We started dating in Feb, had sex for the first time in mid march, then I found out on the 30th that I was positive. Yes, she was exposed.

I spent that first weekend being sad, scared, overwhelmed, and so remorseful for what I have possibly done to her. That was the hardest part. I can accept the consequences for me, but to have possibly given it to her was such a burden.

I told her the same day I found out, and she has been remarkable about it. I'm very lucky to have her. She has been my greatest source of strength and comfort.

After that weekend, I decided that I had been punched hard, and I had two choices: Lay down, or get up. I chose to get up.

I see my specialist for the first time tomorrow. I'm ready to get some actual information and get started on the path of the rest of my life.

What can I expect to get (information wise) from my first visit? I'm hoping for counts and treatment options.

My hope and intention is that with the help of people that support me, good treatment and my will to get up that I'll stand a better chance of dying from being hit by a bus in 40 years than I will of dying from this.

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notinterested
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Re: Recent positive, first visit with specialist tmrw. new
      #262579 - 04/19/12 11:47 PM

You have a great attitude. Stay strong. It is a different path in life that you have to take and that's it. Just find a great doctor and take their advice. Live your life as usual and don't let this identify you. You'll be fine and most importantly keep the great attitude. Peace to you.

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DJones
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Re: Recent positive, first visit with specialist tmrw. new
      #262666 - 04/24/12 05:18 PM

Hello
I can tell you what happened to me from the time I found out I was HIV+ and AIDS on January 7th 2009. I started a blog that day. The link is below and you can go back to that date and forward to today and see what my life has been like, the good and bad. Good luck.

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http://daveslifelivingwithhiv.blogspot.com/

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mike_7801
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Re: Recent positive, first visit with specialist tmrw. new
      #263581 - 06/06/12 09:45 AM

you tested for HIV and HIV test does not tell you that when you got infected..
what are you saying about ??
your CD4 & viral load tell's you about how long you have been infected not your HIV test.... don't know how you were told so.. and you would have tested +ve within 3 months after getting infected ..

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Rob1
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Re: Recent positive, first visit with specialist tmrw. new
      #263583 - 06/06/12 01:02 PM

After living for 6 years with HIV responding great to the meds, i'm sure your survival chances are a lot better living with HIV then, then surviving a bus accident.
It takes a while to get used to the diagnose, but after a while it is not scary anymore. Ive met lots of people living with HIV that are longtime survivers.
What Ive learned from others that there is great support from others so you are not alone in this batle.



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jtpa
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Re: Recent positive, first visit with specialist tmrw. new
      #263588 - 06/06/12 03:39 PM

not always the case Mike. When my original test came back positive they had to draw blood for a confirmation. The confirmation blood draw also included for me a genotype, and my viral load and such. My doc was just being proactive and getting numbers right off the bat.. His doc could of done the same thing. When I was confirmed positive I also had my viral load number and cd4 count results the same day.

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jtpa
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Re: Recent positive, first visit with specialist tmrw. new
      #263589 - 06/06/12 03:44 PM

Congrats to you... I kinda did the same thing.... I get asked alot do you know where you got it from and such. My response to that is I don't care and it doesn't matter I am an adult and I realized the risk I took then. What matters is how responsible I am going to be from the day I found out and on. I layed down for a weekend and cried and ridiculed myself, but quickly realized it would get me no where. The only way HIV was going to win was if I let it. This is 2012 and western medicine is in my back pocket. I got up met with my doc asap and immediately said whats next and what do I have to do to get healthy and stay healthy. I think you have a FANTASTIC out look and keep it up. I am all of a sudden glass is half full kinda guy instead of empty. Good luck my friend.

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Re: Recent positive, first visit with specialist tmrw. new
      #263601 - 06/06/12 11:45 PM

jtpa ,
yes i know ... but his doctor said he would have tested -ve if he would have testeda few months ago and said he is most probably infected 6-12 months before....
so that means if he would have tested at 4 months lets say ... according to his doctor he would have tested -ve at 4 or even 6 months...
that is so confusing ..!! Can you clarify OP if possible ?? That is making me more confused about the people saying that almost everybody test +ve at 8 weeks..

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