In honor of HIV testing week...


  • Jun 30, 2011 1:19 PM GMT
    Yesterday I went and got tested for the first time. Results in two weeks. Anyone else?
  • crls64

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    Jun 30, 2011 1:34 PM GMT
    I applaud you man! icon_biggrin.gif

    Knowing your status is the best thing anyone can do. People don't understand that they need to get tested because if they are Positive they can then start taking care of themselves and live a long, healthy life!

    I've been positive for 21 years and am in great health and I plan to live for a long time!
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    Jun 30, 2011 2:25 PM GMT
    crls64 saidI applaud you man! icon_biggrin.gif

    Knowing your status is the best thing anyone can do. People don't understand that they need to get tested because if they are Positive they can then start taking care of themselves and live a long, healthy life!

    I've been positive for 21 years and am in great health and I plan to live for a long time!

    Excellent point! A head-in-the-sand approach about knowing your HIV status only shortens your life if you're indeed poz. If you're poz then you already are, delaying the test won't alter that, and the sooner you begin treatment the better.

    Congrats on your own good health. I know quite of number of guys with over 20 years as HIV+ and they're doing great, too. That seems to be increasingly the case, despite that first generation having been hit pretty hard before treatments were developed.

    But today is today, and while still a serious illness, HIV is increasingly less life-shortening than in the past. As you say, the key is early detection followed by proper treatment and self-care.

    As for myself, I was just tested for HIV a few weeks ago, as part of other blood work I was having done. The negative result was no surprise, but as I've written here before, I get tested routinely because I work with the HIV/AIDS and at-risk community, and am always preaching frequent testing.

    Though at no risk myself, I can't fail to do what I recommend to others, or I would lose credibility. I suggest all gay men get tested. Do it for yourself, and do it for the example you set for others, as I do, and encourage your friends to get tested, too. Hell, drag them along and get tested together. A lot of Prides have free testing stations set up (plus at gay community centers), that use the mouth swab method, with results within a half hour.
  • crls64

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    Jun 30, 2011 2:45 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    crls64 saidI applaud you man! icon_biggrin.gif

    Knowing your status is the best thing anyone can do. People don't understand that they need to get tested because if they are Positive they can then start taking care of themselves and live a long, healthy life!

    I've been positive for 21 years and am in great health and I plan to live for a long time!

    Excellent point! A head-in-the-sand approach about knowing your HIV status only shortens your life if you're indeed poz. If you're poz then you are already, delaying the test won't alter that, and the sooner you begin treatment the better.

    Congrats on your own good health. I know quite of number of guys with over 20 years as HIV+ and they're doing great, too. That seems to be increasingly the case, despite that first generation having been hit pretty hard before treatments were developed.

    But today is today, and while still a serious illness, HIV is increasingly less life-shortening than in the past. As you say, the key is early detection followed by proper treatment and self-care.

    As for myself, I was just tested for HIV a few weeks ago, as part of other blood work I was having done. The negative result was no surprise, but as I've written here before, I get tested routinely because I work with the HIV/AIDS and at-risk community, and am always preaching frequent testing.

    Though at no risk myself, I can't fail to do what I recommend to others, or I would lose credibility. I suggest all gay men get tested. Do it for yourself, and do it for the example you set for others, as I do, and encourage your friends to get tested, too. Hell, drag them along and get tested together. A lot of Prides have free testing stations set up (plus at gay community centers), that use the mouth swab method, with results within a half hour.



    Thank you for the support and info! icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 30, 2011 6:09 PM GMT
    crls64 saidThank you for the support and info! icon_wink.gif

    Thank YOU for being another example of a guy who's 20+ years poz and doing OK.

    I used to be a volunteer at the local gay & lesbian center here (now the Pride Center). And I'd get calls from distraught guys who learned they were poz, or from their families. A call from a mother in South Carolina finally ended my time there, I just couldn't handle it anymore.

    Her 21-year-old son was in Miami, and she was crying, having just learned from him that he tested positive. "How soon will he die?" she wanted to know.

    One of the most difficult calls in my life, for which I'm not really very qualified. I tried to use the analogy of the graduating class. It was true the "Class of 1984" and that era didn't do so well. But with proper care his Class of 2008 had excellent prospects for a long life, and during his lifetime a final cure might be found.

    I gave her the information needed to get him into programs where he could see doctors and begin treatment, even though they both had no money. I have no idea if she was able to contact him again, and what he did about it. I got the impression he was living on the street and hustling.

    I am personally incompetent & inept at helping people. But I want to, so I throw money at the problem, through HIV/AIDS agencies I trust, and let those better qualified than me work with the community. If the Army taught me anything it was delegation. If you can't do it yourself, find someone who can.

    And at least I can provide info, if not real assistance. You do what you can.
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    Jun 30, 2011 6:15 PM GMT
    Got tested w/ my bf two days ago. Negative! icon_biggrin.gif
  • jim_sf

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    Jun 30, 2011 6:45 PM GMT
    Art_Deco saidA head-in-the-sand approach about knowing your HIV status only shortens your life if you're indeed poz. If you're poz then you are already, delaying the test won't alter that, and the sooner you begin treatment the better.


    You should frame this and put it on the wall of every doctor's office, ER, and clinic on the freakin' planet. Putting one's fingers in one's ears and saying "LALALALALALA" doesn't cure or treat anything.
  • crls64

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    Jun 30, 2011 7:04 PM GMT
    Art_Deco said
    crls64 saidThank you for the support and info! icon_wink.gif

    Thank YOU for being another example of a guy who's 20+ years poz and doing OK.

    I used to be a volunteer at the local gay & lesbian center here (now the Pride Center). And I'd get calls from distraught guys who learned they were poz, or from their families. A call from a mother in South Carolina finally ended my time there, I just couldn't handle it anymore.

    Her 21-year-old son was in Miami, and she was crying, having just learned from him that he tested positive. "How soon will he die?" she wanted to know.

    One of the most difficult calls in my life, for which I'm not really very qualified. I tried to use the analogy of the graduating class. It was true the "Class of 1984" and that era didn't do so well. But with proper care his Class of 2008 had excellent prospects for a long life, and during his lifetime a final cure might be found.

    I gave her the information needed to get him into programs where he could see doctors and begin treatment, even though they both had no money. I have no idea if she was able to contact him again, and what he did about it. I got the impression he was living on the street and hustling.

    I am personally incompetent & inept at helping people. But I want to, so I throw money at the problem, through HIV/AIDS agencies I trust, and let those better qualified than me work with the community. If the Army taught me anything it was delegation. If you can't do it yourself, find someone who can.

    And at least I can provide info, if not real assistance. You do what you can.


    I like the analogy of the graduating class! Great work! Every little helps! icon_wink.gif
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    Jul 01, 2011 12:01 AM GMT
    I would recommend if you are sexually active that you get tested every 6 months. First of all the earlier you catch the virus the better off you will be. Secondly you will be less likely to pass it on to others if you know you are positive (at least I hope so). Finally getting tested frequently will keep reminding you that there is a potentially deadly virus out there that you should avoid at all costs.

    I was tested in late 1989 and it came back negative. The counsellor said I was at virtually no risk at becoming infected based on my behaviour. Unfortunately that made me a little too complacent and I never got tested again until I sero-converted in 1995. I always practiced safer sex, but I still should have kept getting tested.
  • squash4dave

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    Jul 01, 2011 12:07 AM GMT
    The time when someone is most contagious when they are seroconverting. So, it really is important to be tested.
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    Jul 01, 2011 1:32 AM GMT
    Got tested on Monday and I'm waiting on results. Perfect timing too as I just got out of a relationship a month ago and I'm ready to start dating again.
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    Jul 01, 2011 1:41 AM GMT
    Never tested becasue I still have my V card in hand lol. I am not sure if it's a good or bad thing anymore but I am still a happy guy so that's the most important thing.

    All the best for the result bro.
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    Jul 01, 2011 1:57 AM GMT
    torontoblue saidNever tested becasue I still have my V card in hand lol. I am not sure if it's a good or bad thing anymore but I am still a happy guy so that's the most important thing.

    All the best for the result bro.


    I also have mine, so no need for me to get tested!
    : D
  • metta

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    Jul 01, 2011 2:21 AM GMT
    National HIV Testing Week

    [QUOTE]
    "A recent initiative to test for HIV more rigorously in emergency rooms and health centers in areas of need identified nearly 30,000 people with HIV," she said in a statement. "Of that group, more than 18,000 people did not know they had the infection.
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    http://www.advocate.com/News/Daily_News/2011/06/27/Take_Control_for_National_HIV_Testing_Week/
  • metta

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    Jul 01, 2011 2:22 AM GMT
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    Jul 01, 2011 3:24 AM GMT
    Negative!

    A patient cut me with a razor so I had to get it as part of the profile. He did have HIV, but I assumed he did not cover the razor in his blood before he cut me so I was not really worried about it.

  • MikemikeMike

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    Jul 01, 2011 10:02 PM GMT
    Did rapid test negative..him too.