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Undetectable ... but!

By Rev. Andrena Ingram

May 9, 2013

Think having HIV is okay, because it is "manageable"?

It very well may be 'manageable' (if that's how YOU want to look at it) ...

This is but a SMALL part of its 'manageability': sitting in a doctor's office (once a month, every 2 or 3 months -- depending upon the status of your health) and getting your blood drawn for the rest of your LIFE.

For the REST of your LIFE!

Yeah ... this is one manageable thing we can do without!

Praising God, anyhow for being undetectable ... but ...

Do yourself a favor: Get tested! Know your status! Be safe!

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Comment by: pastor (Philadelphia, Pa) Fri., May. 31, 2013 at 8:55 pm UTC
glad you are doing well Steve....fear mongering? not at all, my intention... just telling my truth, as you told yours. thanks for commenting.
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Comment by: Shirley Hilda (Leesburg, FL) Fri., May. 17, 2013 at 5:06 am UTC
i get tested on my own terms. and that is when it's time to renew my meds 1x a year. it's all about ownership. at 1st it was every 2-3 mths-for 2 years until i got fed up w/feeling like i live there - so little by little i tested the waters and spaced my appointments - sure the dr wanted me more often but you know what - its my life, my hiv, my blood and that is what it is.
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Comment by: andrena (philadelphia pa) Fri., May. 31, 2013 at 9:06 pm UTC
You are so right! your own terms.....your life, your hiv, your blood....and it IS what it is!

My blog, my thoughts, my terms! Thanks for reading! I appreciate your thoughts.

Comment by: Steve (San Carlos, Ca) Mon., May. 13, 2013 at 4:27 pm UTC
Thanks for the words of encouragement! I am taking a positive attitude on my infection and yes it is manageable Perhaps the treatment section is not the right place for your fear mongering soapbox.
HIV is the last thing I I ever wanted. It controlled my life for 30 years and I had huge debilitating anxiety for weeks leading up to getting the courage to get tested. Why? Because it was always played out as first a death sentence, and now as a horrible debilitating disease. Therefore it is easier to ignore than get tested because of the fear.

In retrospect I wish I would have gotten tested every 3 months instead of letting 3/4 of my immune system be destroyed before getting tested and starting ART.

If there is one thing I can say to my brethren still paralyzed with HIV hysteria fear. It is no big deal get tested get on ART suffer through the month or so of side effects and then get on with your life!
Yes I am undetectable and its every 6 months not 3. My CD4 raw and % are normal again. Frankly HIV is no big deal because I am not going to let it be.
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Rev. Andrena Ingram

Rev. Andrena Ingram

Reverend Andrena Ingram (also known as "Pastor Andrena" or "Pastor Ingram") has become a strong advocate for those living in the margins, as she once was. She is an activist in the HIV/AIDS arena, herself living openly and unabashedly with the HIV virus for over 22+ years.

Raised in South Jamaica, New York, Reverend Ingram served seven years of active duty in the U.S. Army. She would later move to the South Bronx, where she attended Transfiguration Lutheran Church with Pastor Heidi Neumark as her pastor and mentor -- empowering her to rise up out of herself and her life challenges, which seemed to her, at the time, insurmountable.

Reverend Ingram is a graduate of the Lutheran Theological Seminary at Philadelphia, with a Master of Divinity. She has been the pastor of St. Michael's Lutheran Church on Germantown Avenue, Philadelphia, Pa., for the past four years.

Reverend Ingram can frequently be found speaking about HIV/AIDS, encouraging everyone "to know your status, get tested, and be informed." Silence = Death.

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