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I Am HIV Positive

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    Well I just picked up my Stribild today.

    Gonna start it. Just is sinking in that this is real. Gonna take it with a grain of salt however. Yeah I have HIV but I will not let this hold me down. I won't.
    Godislife91 Godislife91 22-25, M 2 Responses 4 days ago

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    I have put implanon contraceptive on friday .

    My doctor tells me i have to start tribuss .i am panicking because of both side effects
    Luiji Luiji 26-30 1 Response Jun 9

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    Hey everyone. Just joined this app today.

    I would like to share my story with you . Had always perfect lifestyle . Doing job that I always wanted ,healthy, lots if travel, great and healthy family and amazing 2 best friends. Then one day went as a support to my friend to the clinic. She felt anxious of testing and I...
    1981angel 1981angel 31-35, M 5 Responses May 17, 2014

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    Hey everyone. It's been a year

    and 16 days since I have heard the heart breaking news. Since, my life has changed a lot. It did and taught me to more appreciate things and live as healthy as I can. Today's 10th March 2015 and I am on my way to meet my friend who I met on EP over 6 month ago. The thing is...
    1981angel 1981angel 31-35, M 4 Responses Mar 11

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    Hi i am joseph and i am 16 yererday

    as of 6/18/2015 i know i am postive i am 16 and lost in the world i havent told my parents and the people at the hiv place said i dont have to and thank god because me and my family dont like each other i know i text so calm but im also crying while doing this im lost and really...
    lmaoitsjoe lmaoitsjoe 16-17, M 6 Responses Jun 19

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    I was officially diagnosed yesterday.

    My exposure was back in Dec 2014 unprotected sex with a man I have been seeing for 3 years, the same man I lost my virginity too. He had been with several other women during the same time that I was unaware of and he picked it up. He told me in Jan he was positive. I got checked...
    Nclangel611 Nclangel611 22-25, F 5 Responses Jun 17

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    It's been a while since I've posted anything on

    here. It's been six months since I started antiretroviral therapy, and I am now undetectable. Upon an unfortunate series of events in my early adulthood I still remain thankful for everything that has occurred, the strength I've accumulated throughout this experiences has been...
    bao94 bao94 18-21, M 8 Responses Jun 14, 2014

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    So I've been positive

    for almost 20 years now, when I was 10 I started to wonder why do I get treated so differently, get tired so easily, couldn't do things most kids my age could do, like sleep over, go to camp, or have friends over, so one day my dad had my doctor explain to me everything I was...
    champion19 champion19 18-21, F 5 Responses Mar 31

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    Here I'm again, at the waiting area

    for the doctor to talk about my HIV numbers. I'm nervous and the ADHD doesn't help too much. I feel like crying but I don't know why. This roller coaster of emotions drives me insane. Even more than what I already am. It's kinda sad to think about all that I've been through...
    Pather2013 Pather2013 46-50, M May 13

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    What are the probability of living

    when your CD4 count is 50???? please HELP I'm feeling scared for my boyfriend
    TelezAby TelezAby 18-21, F 4 Responses May 26

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    i want to share my experience of how i got

    cured from HIV. It may sound strange but it's true! For the past 3years i have spent a lot of money in buying anti-retroviral medicines to strengthen my immune system and keep me healthy, until i read an article on the internet about an Africa Herbalist who uses herbs and roots...
    ANGELA134 ANGELA134 36-40, F 2 Responses May 17

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    I'll never forget 8/5/2014 the first time I got

    the bad news an HIV positive test result. It's going to take a long time to feel better and be happy again. Reading stories about others gives me strength and hope for my future. Hopefully I can exchange emails with some of you to share our experiences. I wish you all the best...
    RickyXXX RickyXXX 36-40, M 11 Responses Aug 27, 2014

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    Learning To Love Life

    well its been along road almost 4yrs now since i was diagnosed,ive almost died n given up on myself at sum points but im finally in a good place.i have an amzing family and i was blessed tomeet an awesome girl who has became my best friend..life is never easy and wen ur handed...
    anthonysmommy36 anthonysmommy36 22-25, F 5 Responses Jun 16, 2012

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    Just want to point out a misconception.

    There's no such thing as "Full-blown AIDS". You're either HIV positive or have AIDS. "Full-blown" is just an exaggeration and implies that there's a higher level of AIDS, which isn't true.
    brokenfixed brokenfixed 18-21, M 1 Response Jun 10

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    I diagnosed hiv positive six days

    after my 23rd birthday.. my whole world broke down.. my dreams shattered into tiny pieces..I have a partner for two years during that time and Im a loyal soldier.. by the fact I had this.. it only concludes that he betrayed me.. I love the wrong guy.. I feel so wasted.. 8...
    icesnowfrost icesnowfrost 22-25, M 3 Responses Jun 17

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    Fighting For My Life

    You never know how bad you want to live until death is staring you in the face. I was given an AIDS diagnoses while in the hospital Feb 2007. This story starts long before the day the doctor walked into my room and delivered that mind blowing news and just turned around and...
    HBM57 HBM57 56-60, M 9 Responses Oct 21, 2012

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    Silver Linings And BBQ Wings.

    I was born HIV+. It is all I have ever known in my 18 years of life and honestly I'm pretty laid back about the whole thing. I guess it would be harder for a positive diagnosis later in life because you would have to learn how to live with a diagnosis such as this. But honestly...
    PizzaOnMyMind PizzaOnMyMind 18-21, F 4 Responses Aug 13, 2013

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    I went today to have a follow up from multiple

    rapid tests coming back positive and I am "officially" HIV+. I figured I would be terrified just knowing it's officially "real" but I have to admit I feel so much better. I found out that my ex can face AT LEAST 25 years in prison for criminal transmission. That's just for me...
    LetsJustStartOver LetsJustStartOver 22-25, F 2 Responses May 27

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    Siting on the train and thinking .

    .. It's gonna be 5 months since I got the life changing news about my status . So far accepted that life is like this even though it was and still is a rocky journey . When I feel down I always remind myself how lucky I , that I have achieved what I always wanted .... And I...
    1981angel 1981angel 31-35, M 6 Responses Jul 15, 2014

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    3 weeks since my diagnosis

    and 1 week into treatment. I'm feeling hopeful as my side effects have been minimal. I've started to forgive myself and realize the past is the past and the only way to go is forward. I use the words "forgive myself" but really, no one asks for this. Even before my diagnosis...
    z0mKi z0mKi 36-40, M 6 Responses Oct 18, 2014

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    I tested positive in 2004

    after a date rape and the first sex experience. I started getting sick a day to my graduation. Actually on my graduation day i was very sick and spent the better part of the day in bed. A month later is when i took the test and my worst fears were confirmed. I immediately...
    Ilovejulie2000 Ilovejulie2000 31-35, F 1 Response 5 days ago

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    Even though the treatment is working

    and there are no side effects because of other reasons I am wondering wether to continue or not? Is it worth it to be alive when your life sucks?
    Pather2013 Pather2013 46-50, M 5 Responses May 24

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    HIV on the first time?

    I'm here in the E.R with my boyfriend wich we have been together for 3 years but I knew him for a almost year before we even started dating I thought I did everything right I was 19 had been with my boyfriend for 3 months but knew him way longer as a friend... when we started...
    TelezAby TelezAby 18-21, F 4 Responses May 18

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    Is It Worth Living, Can Someone Please Tell Me That Im Not Insane

    Im a female, 23yrs, been hiv+ve for about 2yrs now. I got raped while I was doing metric but didnt get infected then. I had a boyfrend at that time and we were always fighting because I never wanted to sleep with him, then I got raped. He told me that I asked for it. I...
    zazi zazi 22-25, F 39 Responses Apr 7, 2008

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    I was diagnosed positive August of 2013.

    My CD4 count that time was really very low. I took medications prescribed by my doctor. Nobody in the family knows my status. I only told two of my closest friends about it. There are times that I get really down and EP really helped me. I use this social media to vent out and I...
    IamAugust IamAugust 26-30, M 4 Responses Jun 12

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    I just found out I'm positive last week.

    I took the test because I was dating this amazing guy for only one month (I was already falling for him), and he asked me to take it, so we could move forward with the relationship. Neither of us thought that it was going to be positive. He is now waiting for his results, but...
    d29new d29new 26-30, M 8 Responses Aug 21, 2014

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    Iam in my 11th year living positively with hiv

    which i contracted from my first sex experience during a date rape. Currently my boyfriend of 3 years doesn't know i am positive but thank God he's negative up till today. I didnt plan for it to be this way but the first time we had sex he took me out to a far place where he had...
    Ilovejulie2000 Ilovejulie2000 31-35, F 3 Responses Jun 22

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    It has been 14 months

    since I first heard the news of my HIV status, in the chilly doctor’s office of prison. I often wondered how I managed to pull through so many odds, from being isolated due to my sexuality, to having no information on my newfound diagnosis in prison, crying my heart out in the...
    alifeofpoz alifeofpoz 31-35, M 6 Responses Jan 26, 2014

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    Im scared it looks like i have to start my

    medication tonight 😭😭😭 scared of the side effects
    skelly23 skelly23 22-25, M 4 Responses Jun 8

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    HIV Is A Real Reality In My Life

    In early January I had sex with a prostitute I met online. We had brief unprotected sex, but I don't think that matters really how long it was for. Any way since then I've been going through a lot. I also have a girlfriend that I put in serious danger because at first I didn't...
    blackpen blackpen 26-30 36 Responses Mar 13, 2013

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    "I feel GYPPED in my life" - DEPRESSION "I'm

    gonna DIE soon...."- FEAR "****! I got flu and rashes. How's my CD4?" - UNCERTAINTY My life before I got HIV was good. The world was normal. I was so lucky with everything. I was dating, having fun, being in-love and being just myself. I was living the life I wanted to be...
    underrepair underrepair 26-30, M 6 Responses Apr 26, 2014

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    I AM HIV+…AND I HAVE FOUND LOVE…ON EP!

    ! The last story I had shared was one in which I had posed a question…at what point in a relationship does sex become secondary? That was back in October. I had been in a relationship since the previous May with a kind hearted man who was good to me. I had originally been...
    Ralphsnt69 Ralphsnt69 46-50, M 7 Responses May 2, 2014

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    I found out I'm positive

    when I had my blood test on April 2015 and I started my med two weeks ago in June 2015. My cd 4 was 448 and viral load was 58k. Doctor suggested me to start my med and don't wait. skipping all the emotional problem, now I'm feeling better after read all the experiences here. I...
    sunkist87 sunkist87 26-30, M 1 Response 4 days ago

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    on the 6th of may I tested positive

    for HIV, I was numb when the lady told me. my mind went back to that one broken condom that took place in February. I felt so ashamed, damaged and angry. I then told my mentor who showed great support for me and shock... I have literally had 7 sexual partners, I tested every...
    bongz1 bongz1 22-25, M 5 Responses May 31

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    I Have A Herbal Cure For Hiv Aids Tb

    My name is Wessel de Jager and I have been studying herbs for many years.  I come from an herbal family, where my farther had been the best herbalist I have ever known.  He taught me all about herbs and when we where sick as children he also healed/cured us with herbs...
    wessel wessel 51-55, M 147 Responses Mar 26, 2010

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    I got some confusing update on my numbers I was

    very happy on deember with me cd4 going up from 260 to 348... But now im back to 284... :( im scared.... Im taking Atripla... I hope my VL has stayed on undectectable..... Im very nervous... Has this happened to you?
    d29new d29new 26-30, M 3 Responses May 7

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    Hello! So this is my story.

    .. About three weeks ago I went for some routine lab examinations... Everything was great until I heard the final words from the doctor: "Unfortunately, the HIV test came positive". I was not ready for that. What happened? When? How? Why? So many questions. My first reaction was...
    fusionconfusion fusionconfusion 26-30, M 9 Responses Mar 5, 2014

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    I have been overcome with shame

    and I am letting it go. I used to believe the negative stigma associated with a positive diagnosis and lived in fear of my capacity to thrive in the future. My negative self opinions correlated with my diagnosis have impacted every part of my life and I wont live that way...
    Dantheman88888888 Dantheman88888888 26-30, M 2 Responses May 7

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    PozlifeD PozlifeD 18-21, M 7 Responses Jan 25

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    Today is a good day. Everyday should be really.

    .. I just wanted to tell anyone who might not be having a good day that things will get better. Everyday will not be perfect and there will be ups and downs but that's life in general, no matter your diagnosis. I know it can be hard, lonely, scary... but don't let your emotions...
    JustMe1228 JustMe1228 22-25, F May 18

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    http://www.thebody.com/content/75872/when-is-it-ok-for-2-hiv-positive-people-to-have-co.html?ap=1200 My question made history lol
    TorchPlus TorchPlus 26-30, M Jun 7

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    I'm so happy. So I've been talking to this guy

    about a month and this whole time I didn't tell him I was HIV + because I was afraid he would not give me a chance. We'll yesterday things was getting deep and I felt he need to know. The reason why I thought he should know was (well is) falling for me. So when I made up my mind...
    1morestatus 1morestatus 22-25, M 6 Responses Sep 11, 2014

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    im scared. i am not taking my arvs anymore.

    this is day 3. im already on 2nd line meds and know that ive probably screwed up big time but im tired of all the meds and just want to suffer and die. why do i deserve to live ..there is no reason
    adi91 adi91 22-25, F 7 Responses Jun 17

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    I love the abbreviation

    for Antiretroviral therapy (ART) It is scientific state of the ART, thanks to this kind of art our lives are still pumping and kicking at great pace. HIV is not the worst disease ever, but it is something that will remain in our bodies until a cure is discovered. Regiments have...
    bao94 bao94 18-21, M 4 Responses Feb 17, 2014

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    I am so so so happy .

    Just called my clinic to get my blood results. Been on medication for a month and my VL went down from 42000 to 340 and CD4 from 287 to 306. My doctor is very impressed how my body is doing very well. I feel great . It's time to celebrate and enjoy the life !!! Life is very...
    1981angel 1981angel 31-35, M 8 Responses May 22, 2014

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    A Long Time Now

     hello to everyone.   I have been HIV for 24 years now.  I have been with it, and it has been with me a very long time.  I was there in the beginning, and yet I find myself, all these years later still here.  And no, I have no answer for that.  If...
    brucedance brucedance 46-50 35 Responses Dec 14, 2008

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