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Reged: 06/18/09
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Loc: Georgia
Re: Today is my "HIV Birthday."
      11/21/09 08:16 PM

CONGRATULATIONS!!! You've lived 7 more years. Now you just have the rest of your life. Hopefully it will be a long and productive life.

I don't know when my "HIV Birthday" is. When I first tested positive WAY back in the mid-80's people had a life expectancy of maybe 3 to 5 years. Noone ever thought to have to remember when one tested positive. I do remember the month - August. I had gone to dinner with a friend. Between the salad and the entree I excused myself from the table, ran down 2 blocks to the clinic, got my results, and ran back. We went to see the new Elvira movie that night. Post test counseling at the time was "I'm sorry to tell you, but...."

I don't think I've ever gotten depressed over having tested positive. I don't see a stigma attached to this disease for me. I understand that most people do. But, to me it all works out to how you accept yourself as to how you'll accept this disease. And, that's all it is - a disease.

You are probably healthier now. People with HIV (in the U.S.A. and other countries) go to see a doctor regularly. It makes it possible to catch other maladies more readily. Look at your nearest non-positive neighbor. How often does he or she go to the doctor? I go about 4 times a year.

Keep up with your current treatment, if any. See your doctor when you have an appointment. Not just when you "feel sick". The best course of action for a disease like HIV is to be proactive in its care and treatment. Get it before it gets you.

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* Today is my "HIV Birthday." *DELETED* Michael_B 11/13/09 07:18 PM
. * Re: Today is my "HIV Birthday." moonstarchild   01/05/10 03:06 AM
. * Re: Today is my "HIV Birthday." Robert1   11/23/09 05:41 AM
. * Re: Today is my "HIV Birthday." iam1   11/21/09 08:16 PM
. * Re: Today is my "HIV Birthday." car2d2   11/19/09 03:20 AM
. * Re: Today is my "HIV Birthday." dakotalagrange   11/19/09 02:10 AM
. * Re: Today is my "HIV Birthday." vanyel5   11/18/09 12:56 AM
. * Re: Today is my "HIV Birthday." polymath   11/17/09 05:04 AM

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