Articles tagged with: The Philippines

How do you know if someone has HIV?

published: October, 03, 2017 Written by // Billy Santo Categories // Activism, Social Media, Youth, Billy Santo, Health, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

From The Philippines, out poz guy Billy Santo speaks out on the importance of early testing and treatment.

How do you know if someone has HIV?

How do you know if someone has HIV? You don't. A lot of people who have HIV don't know that they have it. They don't have the slightest idea that they are already carrying it and still continue to engage in risky behaviors. That is why it is important to seek early testing and treatment to diminish harmful effects the virus can cause. If it stays in the body for a long time without medication, the virus can replicate into thousands of copies and can entirely destroy the immune system. Once t

It is best that I am HIV-positive (Antithesis for the uneducated)

published: August, 04, 2017 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Social Media, Gay Men, Mental Health, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

From the Philippines, guest author Posit Bo on responding philosophically to HIV stigma.

It is best that I am HIV-positive (Antithesis for the uneducated)

It’s been more than two years since I was diagnosed with AIDS, as my baseline CD4 then was only 195. From 2015 to this day, a lot of things have happened in my life as a person living with HIV, as a student and as a son. This is PositiveLite.com and I am writing as a person living with HIV, so I’ll recount my experiences as – Posit Bo. Exactly two years ago, I started a blog called the “Voice of Positivism.” It was a convenient way of expressing my thoughts and reaching out to indi

Lose some or gain some... embracing my new life

published: March, 15, 2017 Written by // Billy Santo Categories // Activism, Social Media, Gay Men, Youth, Billy Santo, International , Living with HIV, Media, Opinion Pieces

From the Philippines, Billy Santo says, "I am simply satisfied with what I have at the moment and where I am right now."

Lose some or gain some... embracing my new life

Many things have been lost since I was diagnosed and disclosed myself with HIV but seeing where I am right now, I can truly say that I have lost some things, but these are those that I actually never needed - like fake friends, unsatisfying lifestyle, discontented relationships, unwanted affairs and that extreme feeling of loneliness and the guilt of engaging into so many bad habits that led me to be more and more lost. Now, I have gained some things that I never could have imagined.. Loving

The inner beauty

published: January, 31, 2017 Categories // African, Caribbean and Black, Youth, Billy Santo, International , Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Billy Santo says it’s what’s inside that counts. If we seek peace in ourselves that is the way to be truly happy. Acceptance of yourself and inner peace will make you reach your full potential.

The inner beauty

Good morning Every day I see changes in myself. PHYSICALLY, I am becoming far from the image I once was. My skin has sagged and wrinkles in my face come forth. My hair falls from the thickness it has once been. My skin is not as flawless, with scars and burns  - and my physique?  Not as pumped as how I always wanted it to be. I am losing my color. I don't look good and I look restless, tired and used. NOT ENTICING anymore; my youth is fading slowly. However, what has evolved farther than

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

The Talk: Disclosing one’s HIV status

published: September, 01, 2015 Written by // Guest Authors - Revolving Door Categories // Newly Diagnosed, Revolving Door, International , Guest Authors, Living with HIV, Opinion Pieces, Population Specific

Guest RYU Masumoto from the Philippines shares some tips he has picked up about telling people you are HIV-positive, when to do it, or how to it – and when not to do it

The Talk: Disclosing one’s HIV status

Last August 8, I met with the other “pozzies” in our hub. As usual, we started with Vinyasa Yoga as our support group’s fitness activity. We also had a meeting about the future activities that our support group is going to conduct. Today, I’m going to share about the talk that we had with one of the doctors at The Medical City, Dr. Kenneth Javante from the Department of Psychiatry. I also added some information outside his talk through some research. Topic: Disclosing one’s HIV sta

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

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