Articles tagged with: newly diagnosed

The diagnosis [3]

published: July, 15, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Guest writer RYU Matsumoto from The Philippines with the third part of his story of being diagnosed with HIV. Today - - on leaving work, stronger family bonds, getting support and a concerned boyfriend

The diagnosis [3]

“Thank you, Lord!” I said. I might die if he’s also reactive, and it’ll be because of me. Indefinite leave and Resignation It was one of the hardest decisions I had to make. Not because I had a good position in the company, but because of the friends I would leave behind. I was able to establish a good team whom I treated as my own kids. I hated the feeling of being left behind. I did promise myself that I won’t do this to anyone. But I had no choice. Saying goodbye wasn’t really

Classic AIDS movies through new eyes: Zero Patience (1993)

published: July, 15, 2015 Written by // Rob Olver - Editor Categories // Activism, Arts and Entertainment, Movies, Opinion Pieces, Rob Olver - Editor

We asked newly diagnosed Peterborough, Ontario man Robert W. Olver to review some of the movies which reflect our history. In the first of a series, he looks at Zero Patience, a remarkable made-in-Canada AIDS musical from 1993

Classic AIDS movies through new eyes: Zero Patience (1993)

My friend Bob recommended this movie to me the other day. “It’s called Zero Patience”, he told me. “It’s a musical comedy about HIV/AIDS.  It debunks the Patient Zero myth and it’s got lots of funny bits. See what you think.” A musical comedy about Patient Zero? How could they even pull that off? I approached with a few misgivings (love music, don’t much care for musicals) but Bob’s description had my curiosity piqued and besides, he’s got pretty good taste, has Bob, so

The beginning I didn’t see coming . .

published: July, 01, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Guest writer RYU Matsumoto from The Philippines.with the first part of his story of being diagnosed with HIV. Today - being what he calls reckless and then getting the news that changed his life

The beginning I didn’t see coming . .

Reckless Feeling very young and energetic during my early 20’s, I told myself that I wanted try everything in life! I was really active during that time, but I wasn’t able to notice the toll it gave to my body. I’m a big guy (literally), and I always believed that big guys can do more. Curiosity kicked in, and it hit me really hard! From alcohol, partying, staying up all night, and… yeah, some sex. I was really trying to enjoy that period of my life. I certainly felt that there was a

A note of thanks

published: June, 11, 2015 Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Josh recently shared a series of stories here “Abuse has many forms” about his tumultuous past relationship. Read about his reaction, the reaction he’s received and how he has discovered a sense of community though it all.

A note of thanks

Last week, my series of posts on my past relationship were shared on PositiveLite.com. Writing those posts was hard. Reliving them again was also hard. I lost track of my writing schedule after I wrote those posts. I promise I’m going to try and get back at it with the promised regularity.  I was scared when those posts went up and were then republished because I was expecting to be judged; I was expecting to be blamed. None of that happened. Why? Because each and every single person who r

Where the journey began

published: April, 16, 2015 Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Population Specific

New writer Josh from ThePlusSideofLifeblog.com is a 26-year old Toronto man. In June of 2014, he tested positive for HIV. He is chronicling the life of a newly diagnosed person. The journey starts here.

Where the journey began

I’m not an advocate. I’m not an expert. I’m a guy who had his life change forever on June 9, 2014, when I found out that I was HIV positive.  Writing that fact down still seems weird. Partly because there are people in my life who don’t know, yet here I sit behind a computer screen anonymously telling my story in pretty deep detail. I don’t remember much about the day I was diagnosed. It came as a complete shock to me. I never engaged in unsafe or risky behaviour, I was monogamous

November Sixth

published: February, 17, 2015 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Alex Sparrowhawk

Alex Sparrowhawk with a post from the archives “Four years ago today my life changed forever. Four years ago today I was diagnosed HIV-positive. One year ago today I decided to end my silence.”

November Sixth

When I was initially diagnosed I didn’t believe most other people living with HIV when they told me that in time I would become at ease with my status and think about it less, or at least, not let it get in my way. But as the cliché goes “time is a great healer” and gradually I came to terms living with the virus and realised it only had to change my life if I wanted it to, and those changes didn’t have to be negative.  And so just over a year ago I knew I was ready to be publicly o

Stuck in the middle… with who?

published: February, 10, 2015 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific , Alex Sparrowhawk

Alex Sparrowhawk says he’s neither newly diagnosed nor a long term survivor, two of the groups where he sees the most support is provided. But where else is it needed?

Stuck in the middle… with who?

Last weekend I had the chance to meet up with a couple of people who were recently diagnosed; they were both passing through Manchester on their way home from a ‘Newly Diagnosed Weekend’ retreat and we thought it would be good to meet each other after speaking on Twitter and the myHIV Community Forums.  I think it was good for the both of them to unwind a little and we all got on really well: I think they’d both found the weekend really useful, but when focusing on the virus after not

Fear

published: January, 28, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Nine days in and a newly diagnosed gay man from the UK is anonymously blogging about what he is experiencing. Here’s an excerpt.

Fear

“From diagnosis onwards this is one man’s – no My – story as it happens. I don’t know if this will be educational or funny or sad or all of those things, but on January the 10th 2015 at 4.22pm my life changed forever and this is perhaps the best way i know how to get through it.”  So it’s now nine days since I walked out of the clinic a gay man living with HIV.  There is no great slogan for how I feel, no great narrative has been laid down but I have changed. In nine short,

My story and about me

published: January, 13, 2015 Written by // Alex Sparrowhawk Categories // Gay Men, Youth, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Alex Sparrowhawk

New to PositiveLite.com, Alex Sparrowhawk from Manchester UK, diagnosed in in 2009, introduces himself. (Welcome Alex!)

My story and about me

Thursday 5th November 2009, I receive a text on my phone asking me to contact the GUM clinic to make an appointment. The week before I had made a visit, a general check up, but I was also concerned by a persistant cough that hadn’t gone away since the summer. I’d been tested for HIV in June, the result negative, but a voice in my head kept telling me maybe I should go back. The fear of the result I did not want was enough to put me off and I was soon distracted by everyday life, work, soci

The chaser’s tale – part three

published: December, 18, 2014 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Sex and Sexuality

Responding to critics, guest Joseph Sinnott answers some of the accusations levelled at bug-chasers, those people who intentionally contract HIV like himself.

The chaser’s tale – part three

A couple of weeks ago, PositiveLite.com editor Bob Leahy suggested that I write a “rebuttal” to the August 2014 reprint of Kristian Johns’s article from FS Magazine,  "Bug chasing - The ‘gift’ of HIV?". (I hasten to add that Bob’s invitation did not imply an endorsement of what follows by either him or PositiveLite.com, nor did I infer their agreement.) I was immediately intrigued, but told Bob that I preferred the word, “response,” to describe my contribution: a respectful,

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