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Re: 25yr. old diagnosed 8/1/13
      08/14/13 11:49 AM

Brad, sorry to hear about your testing positive. A few things to let you know before you start to worry....

Medications - There are some wonderful meds out there! Actually, all of them are wonderful meds if used correctly. You may or may not start meds right away. Most if not all the meds will have side effects. The thing is to take the meds the first couple of months and try to get through them and let the meds help.

Your life - HIV will only have as big an impact on your life as you let it. Most of us with the virus have a life outside of HIV. My HIV life entails taking my pill once a day. About 5 seconds. If HIV were going to control my life it's doing a poor job of it.

25 is young to find out. You probably felt like you haven't had a chance to live life, yet. There's no reason you can't live life now and for the next 30 or 40 years. HIV will probably not kill you. Stress, cancer, getting hit by the buses falling out of the sky - those are going to be your major concerns.

You're not now, but you will at some point in the future feel sorry for yourself. Welcome to the world.

For those who want to feel sorry about having HIV I like to recommend 2 movies to watch -

1) Philadelphia starring Tom Hanks. Shows what a person had to suffer through in the early days. But, does it in a way that shows his family's support and love.

And, 2) And, The Band Played On - not entirely historically accurate, but close enough for color TV. Shows the very beginning of the pandemic from Africa to the CDC (under the stewardship of our senile president Reagan). Be sure to read the screens that come up. I cry when I watch that movie no matter how many times I've seen it.

There should be another movie entitled "And, The Band Is Still Playing" that continues the story of how we live our lives with HIV in the 21st century.

I can give you good news - you're going to live! I test people for HIV. Many of whom I test are your age or younger. I've been positive for longer then they or you have been alive.

Side note - the HIV test you took was simply for HIV. There are two subtypes - 1 and 2. 1 is predominant in North America and Europe. 2 is predominant in Africa, the Middle East, and Asia. If you live in North America chances are greater than 99% that you have type 1. The test you took would have showed a positive result for either type 1 or 2 (HIV 1/2).

Send me a private message if you want to talk.

Charles

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* 25yr. old diagnosed 8/1/13 Bmora0Tx 08/02/13 03:53 AM
. * Re: 25yr. old diagnosed 8/1/13 blackrose   08/20/13 02:02 AM
. * Re: 25yr. old diagnosed 8/1/13 iam1   08/14/13 11:49 AM
. * Re: 25yr. old diagnosed 8/1/13 thasiege   08/09/13 03:13 AM
. * Re: 25yr. old diagnosed 8/1/13 jbrice   12/20/13 10:48 AM
. * Re: 25yr. old diagnosed 8/1/13 anotherday   08/02/13 10:59 PM
. * Re: 25yr. old diagnosed 8/1/13 Bmora0Tx   08/02/13 11:45 PM
. * Re: 25yr. old diagnosed 8/1/13 anotherday   08/03/13 12:11 AM
. * Re: 25yr. old diagnosed 8/1/13 Bmora0Tx   08/02/13 04:02 AM
. * Re: 25yr. old diagnosed 8/1/13 riverprincessModerator   08/02/13 09:11 AM
. * Re: 25yr. old diagnosed 8/1/13 mark4586lopez   08/31/13 12:34 PM

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