Athletes and HIV

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    May 20, 2007 1:58 AM GMT
    After reading one topic and the numerous replies in this area, lets get to the purpose of this site.

    Lets hear the stories of how athletes have overcome the disease and stigma of HIV.

    Start with me. When I first found I had it in 1991 (was infected 1983, last time I had intercourse), I was sick and figured to have three years most.

    It is now 2007. Had it for 24 years. Somewhat resistant, but stable with 200-300 T4 and 5000-10000 viral load. Been this way for years. If you are one of those "I will not date someone with HIV" you definitely do not want me. With that atitude, I do not want you. In the meanwhile, I set national and world powerlifting records, very active in sports, look better than than just about everyone my age, and still full of vigor. Don't know how much longer I have, I live and make plans as I will have a normal life span. Biggest pain is dealing with the insurance companies.

    If positive, don't give up. Live a healthy and clean life. Take care of yourself. I am convinced that athletics is nothing but good for positive people.

    Note: If seriously hurt with a lot of blood, I will scream "I have AIDS". For this reason, I will not engage in sports that routinely involve blood such as boxing. Considering a medical bracelet. Any input on this?

    Little John
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    May 20, 2007 7:09 AM GMT
    It's been viewed enough.
    I don't know, do you really think you need one? I realize you're infected but you're not an abomb. If you routinely came into circumstances in which you 'could' bleed copious amounts of blood, then I guess maybe it would be a good idea.
    I dunno, maybe someone would see it as being tagged, which I don't know I would be to happy with.
    *shrugs* it's up to you. I don't know that there is a general answer for this question.
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    May 20, 2007 1:08 PM GMT
    It to bad you are at the other side of the world. Just like you I like JO, muscle worship and I dont do anal.
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    May 21, 2007 6:00 AM GMT
    ...I haven't considered a medical bracelet for HIV...not sure what purpose it would serve...

    ...most of the medical community is going to take precautions...those certified in CPR/First Aid are trained to take precautions...and if you aren't in one of those two categories...I am not sure I want you doing anything "medically" to me...

    ...Been positive for almost 5 years...and other than the rare curveball in dating land...haven't really had a bad certainly has changed my life and provided me a great deal of focus, but I wouldn't say it is a major defining characteristic...

    ...always appreciate hearing from those who have been fighting for much longer...

    thanks for sharing.

    - David
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    May 21, 2007 7:09 AM GMT
    As someone who is negative but involved in the health of my clients - and working in a slightly dangerous environment - I line up the Rourke et al. We've all been trained to avoid blood-bourne pathogens (not just HIV) and while I believe in disclosure to sexual partners, I think a bracelet does not serve a purpose.

    There are those with medical allergies and those with conditions which might render them unconcious - epilepsy, diabetes, hypoglycemia - who might do well to consider that kind of public warning. But to me, HIV doesn't fall into that category. In the unlikely and unfortunate event of, say, a car accident, medical personnel will automatically take precautions.

    Avoiding bloody sports like boxing or martial arts is probably a good idea. But more people bleed on the football field, and let's not forget the Greg Louganis diving incident. No vigorous sport is immune from the occasional incident.
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    Jun 06, 2007 3:03 AM GMT
    like the last two guys who wrote on this blog, what they say is true...Medical people have been trained to deal with all sorts of pathogens aand such including HIV. I was a Freshman Athletic Trainer and that was the first thing they taught us in Sports Medicine, that and prevention in care. THey say you have like a .5% chance to contracting HIV from being in contact, I believe with or without gloves. I think the stats have dropped so, it could have changed.