Articles tagged with: newly diagnosed

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

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, Revolving Door, International , 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

“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

Let's talk about HIV and senior citizens

published: December, 20, 2011 Written by // John McCullagh - Publisher emeritus Categories // Aging, Health, Living with HIV, John McCullagh

In Canada and other high-income countries, access to treatment has improved the likelihood of HIVers surviving into old age. John McCullagh reports on recently published studies that have made recommendations for caring for older people living with HIV.

Let's talk about HIV and senior citizens

The Canadian population is aging. It’s estimated that the percentage of seniors will almost double within the next 25 years, when one quarter of the population will be aged 65 or older. Canadians living with HIV are also aging. However, HIV and seniors aren’t something that we often talk about in the same sentence. But, given the facts, we should. It’s estimated that today 12% of the close to 70,000 Canadians who have an HIV diagnosis are aged 50 and older and that this is expected to i

Hello Work, Hello Parents

published: November, 17, 2011 Categories // Gay Men, Revolving Door, Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Population Specific

Part 5 of American Brian the Shochusucker’s tale of the trials and tribulations of navigating the Japanese health care system – and life – after being diagnosed with HIV while living in Japan.

Hello Work, Hello Parents

It was late October, 2010 and Fall was in the air. The days were warm, with a bit of a chill at night. I had already been put on meds, for PCP pneumonia and to combat other types of infections. One I would only take once a week. I asked my Doctor about side effects. He thought I might be fine, but the mac might affect my stomach. I was thinking nausea, but as it turned out, after an hour of taking it, I felt as if I had been kicked in the stomach. I found that ginger ale helped. Every time I

A week of bombshells

published: October, 19, 2011 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Guest Authors, Living with HIV

Part Three of Brian the Shochusucker’s tale of his first year of living with HIV in Japan. In this part, Brian talk about post-diagnosis bad news both at work and from his doctor and the ‘rents going MIA

A week of bombshells

The day after going to the new hospital, I was feeling better knowing the care I was going to get and that I was in good hands. However it was back to work as usual. I was still dealing with a lot of emotions and questions about being newly diagnosed with HIV. "What would it mean if my CD4 count was under 200? What will my counsellor be like? Will there be side effects from my HIV meds? And what the hell was the Viral Load about again?" Even though I was handed much information, I found it a l

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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