Newly Diagnosed

Back home

published: January, 20, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific

His path to Canada and application for refugee status has been a difficult one. In Part 8 of his story, Scott Foley has decided to leave New York City and go back to his Caribbean home, despite the hardships he encountered there before.

In part 7 of Scott’s story, which you can read here, he describes his coping methods for dealing with his HIV diagnosis. He decides to leave New York, returning to his family home in his country. To return home was to return to all that I was running from. I was at war with myself yet again. In addition to all that was happening, like my new diagnosis and the strain this decision placed on my relationship with Joe, I now had to put my own needs on the back burner and focus on the needs

Kodi’s Story

published: January, 17, 2012 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

What’s it like to be diagnosed with HIV in rural Australia? Bob Leahy talks to poz newbie Kodi Jasper from Emerald, Queensland , who talks about getting the news, HIV stigma, coming out, why he’s happier now - and Priscilla, Queen of the Desert.

Kodi’s Story

Emerald, Queensland My name is Kodi Jasper. I’m a 35-year-old male diagnosed with HIV late August 2011. I live in rural Queensland, Australia with my partner of eight years and my two adorable dogs. My partner is HIV negative and a huge support for me to date. We had a break up in 2010 and this is when I believe I caught the virus. I’m not on any meds as of yet. Diagnosis was the hardest part for me. I cried for a whole month, day and night, as I knew very little about HIV except for reme

Philadelphia or Centerstage? You Pick

published: January, 16, 2012 Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Our poz newbie HIVisHilarious and her tips for beating sadness. ” I'm not saying we don't all need the time to feel our feelings and process them. But make a choice to move on from the sad and get back to joy - because we are not dying.”

  As someone who has very happily advocated the use of anti-depressants, I used to think the people who said, "you choose to be happy" should be slapped and forced to listen to Yanni.  Then I found Kale and guided meditations.  I know, I know.  Now you want to slap me and make me listen to Yanni, but it's true!  Now, while I firmly believe that some of us have an actual chemical imbalance (perhaps myself included) which can be "corrected" or at least helped with medicatio

New year, new me.

published: January, 16, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Fitness and Exercise, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Lifestyle, Living with HIV, Population Specific

In his second post, guest blogger and poz newbie Richard T joins the gym

New year, new me.

  My energy levels have noticeably increased following my diagnosis, probably helped by all that eating over the Christmas period. Reading the local paper, my eye was caught by a free seven day membership offer from my local gym to use the facilities. Although I was mainly interested in swimming, having checked and double checked the offer to ensure it didn't involve passing bank details and ongoing commitment, it was a no-brainer decision. Excellent! This avoids the commitment of signing u

A letter from the Philippines

published: January, 11, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Newly Diagnosed, International , Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Call me KyleR11 of the Philippines, I have been in this battle since September of 2011. Here is my story.

A letter from the Philippines

I was on vacation, living comfortably with my sister abroad. We hung out together, went to the mall, ate in fine restaurants and hotels, went shopping, even flying to other Asian countries. Those were the happiest moment in my life, my first time living like a rich boy. Everything was complete. I knew that by September I would be working in that country, at a job in the most prestigious hotel in S.E Asia. I had signed a contract; I'd be earning as much as ten times what the Philippines would o

Undecided in New York

published: January, 09, 2012 Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific

Scott Foley is an immigrant from the Caribbean applying for refugee status in Canada. In part seven of his story, Scott is still processing his then recent HIV diagnosis and wondering where to go next.

  In part 6 of Scott’s story which you can read here, he spoke of his journey to New York City to be tested for HIV due to fear of further discrimination in his country and his positive test results. Scott: Facing the truth is hard. But for me, facing a truth like being HIV-positive was like facing a death sentence. I didn’t know what to do or how to feel. So many emotions ran through me. I felt angry at myself for allowing this to happen and for not heeding my grandmother’s

“I have started to look at the world in a slightly different way . . “

published: January, 04, 2012 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

A new voice, guest writer Richard T from Europe reports in on his first two months of living with HIV . His message to others: you are not alone

“I have started to look at the world in a slightly different way . . “

So time slowly goes on.  Two months after diagnosis, some semblance to this thing we call normality has started to reappear. I was put in contact with the HIV clinic, which came as no surprise. These are the people at the hospital who are going to be looking after me. My first visit was on December 1st, World AIDS day. How memorable  - although I wasn't in the mood to wear a red ribbon! I got to meet my consultant and had a chat about things. My CD4 count was 450 and they are going

Scott gets the news he didn’t want to hear

published: December, 29, 2011 Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, International , Living with HIV, Population Specific

In part Six of Scott Foley’s tale of his journey to Canada and his application for refugees status, he tells how he came to be tested for HIV – and the results..

In part 5 of Scott’s story, which you can read here, he speaks of his life after leaving his family home. He describes how his family’s reach got him booted from his safe house and how he came to live with his boyfriend Joe. Living in secrecy and fear, he quits his job and loses a friend to HIV. It didn’t take me long to find a new job. It was in the north of the country and though it meant that I’d have to leave at ungodly hours again to get there on time, I had peace of mind. I

Are you there, Dame Elizabeth?

published: December, 15, 2011 Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Women, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Introducing our talented new writer, 26 year-old HIVisHilarious from Philadelphia, PA. She was diagnosed with HIV on November 1st, 2011, along with her husband. She wrote this first post five days later.

Are you there, Dame Elizabeth?

I could think of a million other ways I’d rather lose weight than this. Possible methods would include vomiting, letting midgets urinate on me, killing a goat…I’m not saying these are actual, proven weight loss methods. I’m just thinking about things that would be really bad but still not as bad as when a small Indian man sits across from you and tells you, “You are hiv positive; There is nothing I can say to console you.” No shit, Sabu. Then I went home and googled, “hiv posit

Info for people just diagnosed with HIV (le français suit)

published: March, 25, 2011 Written by // CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource Categories // CATIE, Newly Diagnosed, CATIE - HIV and Hep C Info Resource

Getting the news that you are HIV positive is big, very big - (le français suit)

Info for people just diagnosed with HIV (le français suit)

Getting the news that you are HIV positive is big, very big. Even if you’ve been HIV positive for years, you likely remember what life was like during the months after receiving your diagnosis. It’s a time when some simple, but reliable information can go a long way to making it all seem a little less confusing. If you know someone who has just found out they have HIV—or maybe you just found out yourself—and you’re looking for some basic info to share with them, CATIE can help. Just

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