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Having Hiv In The Air Force

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Tested + for HIV int the Air Force back in 1986

Posted by survivor65, 2 Replies
Back in 1986 was the first time all military was tested for Aids. Me along with about 20 others were imediately shipped out, to Wilford Hall I was given a choice, either get a medical discharge, or finish out my enlistment. The talk was that we only... Read more »

POZ in the Air Force

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I was diagnosed in 99 and go to WHMC every six months. I am now at Travis AFB and for the life of me am the only one. This I can't believe. I would like to know someone else that I might be able to bounce stuff off. Of course I just can't share... Read more »

discrimination & armed forces

Posted by Anonymous, 1 Reply
I would like to know what is the procedure for a person that just joined any of the armed service branchs and is tested there and is positive. What happens then? I am interested to know what is the policy for discrimination regarding HIV/AIDS and... Read more »


Posted by Anonymous, 3 Replies

I try my best not to get upset anymore, because I won't allow my this illness to take control of my life. I truly uderstand you, Thank God you're negative as of now. Unfortunately for me I wasn't, and I was always the faithful "good girl" type, so... Read more »
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Joining the Air Force

Is it possible to join the Air Force considering I'm HIV positive?...
Jacques Chambers, C.L.U.

Response from Jacques Chambers, C.L.U.
Checking several sources, it appears that HIV+ persons are not eligible to join any branch of the US Military including the Air Force. I am attaching a couple of sources for that information, this one and one from this website.For others reading... Read more »

Air Force guy in Iraq very worried!

Hi Doc, thank you for all of your help. It really means a lot.About two months ago, I had unprotected sex with a woman I didnt know. The very next day, I started having a dull ache in my pubic area. A couple of weeks after that, I started devolping...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hey Air Force Guy,Unprotected sex does place you at some degree of risk for STDs, including HIV. Consequently, symptoms or no symptoms, you should have an HIV test at the three-month mark. That said, you also should not be overly concerned about... Read more »

How long does HIV survive in the air?

Hi doc,This may sound a little funny. My friend bought me a "fleshlight" sort of sex toy from Dubai. I wasn't planning on using it but I became curious and tried it yesterday. I became concerned because I remembered that the box...
Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

Response from Robert J. Frascino, M.D.

The Robert James Frascino AIDS Foundation
Hello Man from Philippines,Your HIV-acquisition risk from using a "fleshlight" sex toy that had "stayed in (your) cabinet for 1 week before use" and on which you applied alcohol before use would be completely nonexistent. I see... Read more »

Forced to stop treatment

I am 35 y/o and I am in Buenos Aires, Argentina. I was diagnosed with HIV within 6 months of the infection, in December 2009 and I decided to start treatment right away. By then I was living in NYC with my partner and I may go back within a few...
Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Response from Mark Holodniy, M.D., F.A.C.P., C.I.C.

Stanford University, School of Medicine
In almost all cases, stopping HIV treatment will result in the viral load becoming detectable again, and over time, the CD4 count would begin to decline. However, given where your current CD4 count is, the risk of CD4 decline when stopping treatment... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Joining Forces for AIDS Care: Protesters Mark AIDS Advocacy Group's 25th Year

AIDS activist group ACT UP commemorated its 25th anniversary Wednesday by joining Occupy Wall Street (OWS) protestors for a demonstration in lower Manhattan. The recently allied groups are calling for a Wall Street transaction tax that they say... Read more »
Body Positive

A Forced Life

Be joyful though you have considered all the facts. Wendell Barry In January 1990, I wrote an essay to support an exhibition I had curated entitled Life Before Art: Images from the Age of AIDS . It opened, "We are currently living in 'The Age of... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Maryland: Local Blogger Shares His HIV Experience

Diagnosed with HIV in 2006, Air Force veteran Justin Smith of Laurel, Md., noticed few resources for young, black gay men living with the virus. Smith, 29, found Internet diaries about others' experiences with HIV, but he found no one using video to... Read more »
U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

AIDS a Threat to Nigeria's Security: Defense Secretary

On a visit to a Nigerian air force hospital Thursday, Minister of State for Defense Roland Oritsejafor praised a partnership with the United States to improve military hospitals and said HIV/AIDS is a threat to the country's security. In response to... Read more »