Articles tagged with: newly diagnosed

The journey continues . . .

published: December, 10, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Guest Writer newlypositive was diagnosed in September 2013. Follow him as he recounts the doubts and uncertainties of the early months of living with HIV

The journey continues .  . .

How can I make life go on? Almost everyone has said life goes on. Being HIV+ isn’t what it used to be. I know this, I truly do, but why does my head not fall in line with this trail of thought? Before being diagnosed I would have always described myself as knowledgeable. I know how HIV can be passed on, and more importantly how it isn’t. I understand the myths and nonsense that is out there. There is so much more to know and understand though - the impact of your CD4 and viral load, the

The journey begins

published: December, 03, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

New guest writer newlypositive was diagnosed in September 2013. Here he recounts in a post written one month later the day he found out he was HIV-positive.

The journey begins

“There’s been a problem with one of the tests……….the HIV one…………It’s positive!”  I heard those words at 13:10 on 23rd September 2013. A complete shock, I had tested negative only in August. It was found as a result of tests for ongoing health issues.  A few weeks prior to this I had been quite unwell one weekend. A visit to an emergency GP and A&E and everything was blamed on my ongoing health issues worsening. Despite my protestations that I hadn’t felt this un

Undetectable?

published: November, 14, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Women, Health, Revolving Door, Legal, Treatment, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Guest writer Becky aka @hivgirlbristol shares how she came to become HIV-positive, namely via a now ex-partner who was supposedly undetectable

Undetectable?

    Friday 17 August 2012 was a life changing day for me. My doctor told me I’d tested positive for HIV. Actually, he didn’t say it quite like that... I had gone to see him because I had a painful lump on my right ring finger. I’d had the lump for about 18 months; it had never caused me any pain until recently. My finger had swelled up and I could barely bend it. Anyway, he arranged for an x-ray to see what was going on. While we were discussing another issue, his phone rang and he

Exposed, part two

published: November, 13, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Sexual Health, Health, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

In the second part of this feature we hear more from the man who unknowingly infected guest contributor Josh Robbins, of imstilljosh.com

Exposed, part two

Foreword from Josh Robbins It has been a year-in-the-making really, that I would have the opportunity to feature the thoughts and feelings of the guy that unknowingly and unintentionally exposed me to HIV on December 18, 2011. This opportunity was not requested or received lightly, as the privacy and dignity of this gentleman remains extremely important to me. However, nearly two years later, I believe this is an important part of the larger story to share and an opportunity for us all to fin

Exposed, part one

published: November, 06, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Ever unique, guest contributor Josh Robbins contributes an article from the man who unintentionally and unknowingly gave him HIV two years ago

Exposed, part one

Foreword from Josh Robbins, of imstilljosh.com:  I am truly humbled and excited to be able to feature a guest blog, although anonymous, from the guy that unintentionally and unknowingly exposed me to HIV on December 18, 2011. Since I started this blog and also shared my YouTube video that has good and not-so-nice comments on it, I have wanted to share the story of this brave guy. WHY SHARE HIS STORY, you wonder? After living with HIV for just about two years, the 2nd most common question I

My diagnosis

published: November, 04, 2013 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

What’s it like to be newly diagnosed today? Guest writer scotspozlad found out he was HIV-positive in October 2013. Here he tells what happened and how he felt about it.

My diagnosis

I’m a 31 year old single gay male from Aberdeen and found out I was HIV+ on Friday 18 October. 2013. I feel like I have just stood up at an AA meeting but I’m glad to get that out of the way. I won’t share my name or photo quite yet but I promise I will do so further down the line.  I had a general sexual health check up at the ‘City Clinic’ on October 16 as it had been almost a year since my last one. I know it should be every six or even three months but time just seemed to run a

Diagnosis: one of the happiest days of my life

published: September, 16, 2013 Categories // Gay Men, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Population Specific

More than a silver lining. New blogger Tom Latte from the UK with a remarkable post on why the day he was diagnosed had blessings all of its own.

Diagnosis: one of the happiest days of my life

This article originally appeared on the blog of Tom - LivingHIV.com here   Something, something, silver lining You know what I realise I haven’t done yet? The compulsory seen-everywhere-else “My diagnosis” blog entry. Duh, I should have started with that! Truth be told, I prefer opinion pieces over write-your-heart-out ones. Just like I prefer people singing on talent shows over their “I cut my finger when I was three and have been singing about it ever since” backstories (yes, X

New to the scene?

published: August, 12, 2013 Written by // Christian Dolan Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Christian Dolan

We have the help you need. Christian Dolan with his top tips for someone newly diagnosed with HIV.

So you have recently discovered that you are HIV positive? Your head is probably spinning and you probably have a hundred questions going around in your head, “What do I do now?” “Who do I tell?!” “Am I going to die?”  Don’t worry, we all were like that when we first discovered our diagnosis and every emotion that exists is currently going around your head like a whirlwind.  I want to share with you things that may or may help you though these initial stages of the rest of yo

Hitting the wall

published: June, 27, 2013 Written by // Bob Leahy - Publisher Categories // Social Media, Activism, Newly Diagnosed, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Bob Leahy - Publisher

Bob Leahy was one of those asked to contribute to a new resource for people just diagnosed and perhaps a bit overwhelmed - Josh Robbins’ Digital Wall of Encouragement. Now the results are up on imstilljosh.com.

Hitting the wall

January 24 2012 marks the date that Josh Robbins turned on his video camera, recording live for posterity (and YouTube) the minutes and seconds  that many of us know only too well, the act of getting our positive test results. Since that time the 30-year old from Nashville Tennessee has maintained a high profile on social media, with his own website, imstilljosh.com, a lengthy interview with TheBody.com, not to mention penning an exclusive story for PostiveLite.com, appearing just two month

My HIV story

published: June, 03, 2013 Written by // Christian Dolan Categories // Gay Men, Living with HIV, Population Specific , Christian Dolan

Guest Christian Dolan from the UK on both himself and his partner being diagnosed HIV-positive, the tumult that followed and how he has since found peace and control.

My HIV story

In August 2009, I was living in Twickenham, Middlesex, just outside of London, in a flat share with friends from University. I was working part time and was in the early stages of a new relationship. Life was great. As a child I was rarely ill. That summer I had started to feel quite weak, faint and seemed to be getting irregular colds which were unusual for me. I felt I would be wasting the doctor’s time and went to my local pharmacy to get some antibiotics. Two weeks later I felt unwell a

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