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Engaged, positive, and hopeful
      03/30/00 08:35 PM

My boyfriend and I have been together for 5 years - we have been
talking about marriage - and have officially been engaged for two
years. We go snowskiing every year in Vail, CO. This Feb. when we
went he broke out in a rash, we thought he was allergic to the
sushi we ate the night before - he complained of fever and
general tiredness - and a lot of fatigue. He spotted some white
spots on his tongue and thought he would just go to the doc and
get checked out - just because he was always a healthy ox! It
seemed kind of weird - there were no other symptoms. The doctor
diagnosed him with thrush - and didn't even match it with HIV. My
boyfriend asked if he could take an HIV test - just because he
was there and he had never had one - and JUST WANTED TO MAKE
SURE. Now, mind you, he and I have been monogamous for 5 years -
I was INFURIATED! "Why do you need an HIV test? What have you
been doing?", was my reply. Well, I never thought - he never
thought - and as you have probably guessed, it came back
positive. My whole world just crumbled. Nothing I ever dreamed of
would happen, no family - no wedding - no future. I went and got
tested the very next morning at a clinic that would provide
results in an hour (for a hefty fee) and when I showed the lab my
boyfriends test results - they asked me to wait - and it came
back positive. I knew it would. And then I had to go to work. And
my life had to move on - just like nothing happened. It has
brought us closer together. He is on combination therapy
w/retonavir, ddI and d4t. My viral load is <100 so my doctor and
I decided it would be better to wait before starting any therapy.
I've become an INFORMATION JUNKIE! I like WORLD newsletter, POZ
magazine, A&U magazine, the millions of newsletters and daily
updates and trial information resources on the internet, and have
met some great people that are positive HIV+, and some great
people that work with PWH/A. I think that we are going to be
around for a LONG TIME. The new protease inhibitors and the
non-nucleoside reverse transcriptase drugs are going to make is
possible to live with this disease and still remain healthy. I
might even consider having a family - with the surrgence of this
great medical news. My only fear is PAYING FOR IT - $20. a day is
a lot - just to stay alive! I believe things are getting better
for us. This a VERY EXCITING TIME in the treatment of HIV! HANG

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