Articles tagged with: newly diagnosed

The beginning

published: October, 05, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Guesting UK blogger Leigh from Reimagined_Me with an exceptionally told tale of being newly diagnosed with HIV. In part one he hasn’t got the news yet, but he’s not feeling at all well.

 The beginning

Let us go on an adventure. How about we all re-imagine what HIV is and what it represents? How about together we lose the stigma attached to being HIV+? Lets #ReimagineHIV Let us go back to 1991 It was 1991. My seventeen year old self was standing in the school corridor about to enter a class. A friend asks ‘what do you think you will be doing when you are 40?’ My response could not have been better predicted. I can remember the words coming out of my mouth as if it were yesterday, ‘Pr

"You’ll only feel a prick”

published: September, 09, 2015 Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Health, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Steven Hobé tells the story of his life with HIV. Part two sees him getting a spinal tap, right after he’s been diagnosed with HIV. Ouch!

Excerpts from “Unhinged: Then Use A Screw Driver  I’ve never liked hospitals. When we lived in England, my father was forever in and out of them. I was too young to really understand why.  I just remember the smell – that awful stench of cleaning fluid – though I don’t think they use the same brand anymore, thank heavens.  As a child, I always thought it was really strange how they would leave people lying around on stretchers in hallways. You’d pass by them, and they might l

Life after my HIV diagnosis (2014) Part One

published: September, 08, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Guest RYU Matsumoto from The Philippines talks about the changes he’s seen in his life since being diagnosed last year.

Life after my HIV diagnosis (2014) Part One

“The moment you accept that imperfect is more beautiful and full of joy than perfect is a good moment.”  I always tell my friends that “Life after HIV is beautiful.” I was able to find it, but the journey I had wasn’t really easy. There were beautiful moments, but sad things also happened along the way. These tested my faith, but here I am. The Changes I began feeling the virus taking over my entire body. It really changed the usual strength I used to have. I felt like being so d

Triple threat

published: August, 24, 2015 Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Steven Hobé tells the story of his life with HIV. Part one – diagnosExcerpts from “Unhinged: Then Use A Screw Driver" is, but not just with HIV

Triple threat

Excerpts from “Unhinged: Then Use A Screw Driver"  Preface  At the time of my diagnosis in 2009, I started writing a journal. This was, in part, therapy for myself; but I also wanted to document my journey, with the possibility of sharing it with others someday. That day has arrived!  Over the coming months, I will be posting episodes from these writings, the best of, if you will. The work is yet to be finished. I think that at some point it became too painful to look back again and ag

HIV Movies through new eyes - Philadelphia: "important any way you look at it"

published: August, 17, 2015 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Activism, Gay Men, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Rob Olver - Editor

Newly diagnosed Peterborough guy Robert Olver reviews the 1993 movie that stars Tom Hanks as a lawyer under attack from his employer while fighting the ravages of AIDS

HIV Movies through new eyes -  Philadelphia:

When Bob told me he wanted me to review Philadelphia next in PositiveLite.com's “HIV Movies through New Eyes” series I swallowed hard. What on earth could I possibly say about this iconic movie? I mentioned none of this to Bob, of course, so here I sit, film freshly watched and I’m still very much under its spell and… WHAT can I possibly say about this iconic movie? Well, I can say this: Philadelphia is an extremely influential film about HIV, AIDS, homosexuality and the conflation of

Medications: A love and hate relationship

published: August, 06, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Some of us like talking about our meds. Guest writer RYU Matsumoto from The Philippines is no exception.

Medications: A love and hate relationship

I started taking “medications” when I discovered about my shingles and GERD. I really thought undergoing such medications will be the worst. It took me two weeks to finish my Aciclovir (my medication for shingles). My Omeprazole medication took more than two weeks. I stopped it, but I had to take it again after several days. I had to take more medications during my confinement, and they seriously took their toll on my body. I can feel it. I can really feel it.  QUADTAB Experience… Fai

Starting treatment on the day you are diagnosed . . .

published: August, 03, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // International AIDS Conference , Conferences, Treatment Guidelines -including when to start, Newly Diagnosed, Research, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Aidsmap.com reports from IAS 2105: Same-day start to antiretroviral treatment leads to faster HIV suppression in San Francisco

Starting treatment on the day you are diagnosed . . .

This article by Liz Highleyman, produced in collaboration with hivandhepatitis.com, first appeared in aidmsap.com here.  A programme at San Francisco General Hospital that offers antiretroviral therapy (ART) on the same day as HIV diagnosis led to a high rate of treatment uptake and more rapid viral load suppression compared to standard practices, according to late-breaking study findings presented at the Eighth International AIDS Society Conference (IAS 2015) in Vancouver, Canada.  Newly

Twenty questions for Preston

published: August, 03, 2015 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Features and Interviews, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

You wanted to know more about Preston Leon, the inspiring aboriginal young man we interviewed from rural British Columbia whom we featured in the article “Seroconverting at 15”. So we asked him twenty questions about himself

Twenty questions for Preston

How old are you?  I’m 17 now. Where were you born? Kamloops, British Columbia Are you shy or confident? I’m pretty confident. What languages do you speak? I speak a little Italian, a little Carrier and I’m picking up French and German. (Editor’s note: The Carrier language is a Northern Athabaskan language. It is named after the Dakelh people, a First Nations people of the Central Interior of British Columbia.) What month and year were you diagnosed with HIV? Jun e of 2014. Y

HIV: A gift given to me

published: July, 30, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Mental Health, Newly Diagnosed, Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Guest writer RYU Matsumoto from The Philippines says “I know the virus isn’t something to be thankful for, but this virus taught me the life lessons I’ve started to miss.”

HIV: A gift given to me

Many of us people living with HIV call this virus  a “gift”. I really don’t know the reason behind this name calling. A gift is similar to a present. A thing that makes people happy. A thing given in most celebrations. A thing that many people are looking forward to have. However, I don’t think the word “gift” really symbolizes any of the things I’ve mentioned above.  It definitely doesn’t make people happy. It’s not something to look forward to in any occasion. I’m real

The diagnosis [4]

published: July, 22, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Health, Revolving Door, International , Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Guest writer RYU Matsumoto from The Philippines with the fourth part of his story of being diagnosed with HIV. Today - on leaving hospital, returning home and finally a return to good health

The diagnosis [4]

Goodbye, TMC! On Saturday, April 21st, 2014 the doctor started to see signs of improvement in my body temperature (which constantly got high due to a lot of infections going on inside me), and my appetite started to be ok but still not normal. My doctor was tellingl me, “You look better! That’s good!”. I just love doctors who are encouraging even though the reality of having the virus made me worry so much. I know I still needed to gain more weight. However, I’m glad that my doctor to

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