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4/9/11 11:00 P

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Welcome to the team Rosalyn! Thanks for all you do through your ministry to help others!
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4/8/11 10:41 P

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Thank you for taking the time to post your experiences and share some of your intimate details. Congratulations by the way on finding Mr. Right. I wish the both of you a lifetime of happiness.

The testing process has certainly come a long way. With all methods used, if the results show positive, it is recommended for blood to be drawn and to be run through the Western Blot test, which is still, to this day, the most reliable method to test for HIV infection. This test still takes a couple of weeks for the results to come back. If you want to learn more, I encourage you to begin at the link below:

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To be fully sure you are free of the virus, you need to be tested over a 12-month period from your last sexual encounter as the HIV can hide in your organs, tissues or not become strong enough to show up on the tests. Please go to the link below to go over the HIV Testing FAQ's Sheet:


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Finally, I would like to bring up that HIV/AIDS isn't what is used to be. It's important to separate what has been learned from the beginning stages of this disease and incorporate the exciting progress in medication that has been available for quite some time. More-so, new types of medications are being approved on a regular basis by the FDA, which gives us more options to go to if we become cross-resistant to any current medications.

Because of this, if one becomes infected, it is not an automatic death sentence, as long as you catch it as early as possible and receive treatment. Caught early enough, it can be very manageable and the person can lead a long, healthy life. Myself and many, many others are living proof.

When taking on advocacy, for anything, it's important to learn as much as you can before attempting to reach out to others. This is especially important in dealing with HIV/AIDS as it is a very sensitive subject, especially for those who feel they may be infected and believe it is an automatic death sentence. We want to instill hope, show compassion and provide accurate information to those who have been recently diagnosed, and provide a better understanding to those who are afraid to get tested.

Here are some links to get you started and if you have any questions, please shoot me an email and I will do my best to point you in the right direction.

www.thebody.com/index.html


www.aidsmeds.com/articles/WhatIsAIDS
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www.aids.org/


www.aidschicago.org/

Good luck on your journey and keep us posted on your progress.

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Those who only talk about it are usually passed up by those who are quiet & actually doing it. Life's a climb but the view is great.

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4/8/11 9:14 P

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Thank you for welcoming me!

I don't know what to expect because I have not been infected. I get tested once a year and recently gotten the mouth swap two months ago. The results were negative but I can't lie during the ten minutes waiting on results I was beyond nervous. Recently my church gave a community outreach.....HIV/AIDS Black Awareness in February. I served as a Greeter (hug, and giving encouraging words to guest) and was blown away. One guy that I see almost every Sunday stood up and pronounced he's been diagnosed since 2007.
My heart sunk. I felt so bad for him. I didn't care how he got it. I cried.

This TERRIBLE dis-ease is a KILLER. I get angry when people REFUSE to get tested. Technology is so advanced that you can find out in ten minutes. I admit to participating in casual sex and even had one one nightstand. I'm not proud of it....but I thought it was sexy and looking back. I put myself (my life) at risk. Not necessarily to any sexually transmitted dis-ease but possible rape. God has been grateful to me and before I knew I decided to keep my legs closed and eyes focused on WHAT the guy was truly INSIDE.

I do happily say, I'm married. Both me and the hubby got tested before we got married. Awareness is the key and having stopping sense is the lock. The rise of HIV/AIDS within marriages is unbelievable. At the same time, no excuse. I'm here to serve whatever need to be done. I can also post information for Chicago SP users. Here's one contact doing free HIV testing.

FREE RAPID
HIV TESTING AND COUNSELING
@ PROVIDENT HOSPITAL
CALL 312-572-2621
OR 312- 572-2730

I don't know if you have a relationship with God and his son Jesus. If you do then that is great. However, if you don't I'm sure you have your reasons why. I encourage to uplift and give God the glory to heal and work compassion through mind, body, and spirit.

2 Corinthians 13:4&5--love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable and it keeps no record of being wronged.

I will love you in spite of what the test resulted. You are a child of God and you deserve love.
Nice to meet you.

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4/8/11 7:57 P

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Welcome Rosalyn! very happy to have you with us.

This team was started primarily for educational purposes as out of the hundreds of different teams on Spark, there wasn't one on HIV. HIV/AIDS has affected so many lives and cut short so many more others. HIV/AIDS isn't what is used to be, as long as one finds out early enough and begins treatment. Unfortunately, the stigma, the fear of it is just as strong as it was in the early days. It's like a caveman seeing the moon for the first time and throwing a rock at it.

Believe it or not, HIV is really hard to get, when you learn what you can and can't do. So many people are at risk, which is anyone who has an active sex life that doesn't use protection, don't get tested. They may have it and not know it, but the fear of it keeps them from it. As long as they don't know, in their minds they're negative. I know people who found out they were positive when they already showed signs of AIDS and didn't go back to the doctor again out of shame. Right now, the poverty stricken and southern states are showing an alarming increase of infections, primarily due to lack of resources and education.

Check out the dating sights, or personal ads of your choice. They are all full of people, married, straight, bi, gay, who want to have a casual encounter with someone and the majority of them indicate must be DDF (drug and disease free). They are trusting a perfect stranger to keep them safe. More disturbing are the ads are posted by 18-26yo who still have that sense of invulnerability that nothing bad will happen to them.

Truly, the best way to help is educating others. Although there aren't a lot of members on this team, I suspect we get a lot of lurkers who view the threads to gain knowledge. We have several Team Links in place in the LINK section for quick access to reliable resources on HIV and AIDS.

Again, thanks for joining and being an advocate in spreading the word. If it protects even just 1 person from infection, it is soooo worth it.

Kelly

Those who only talk about it are usually passed up by those who are quiet & actually doing it. Life's a climb but the view is great.

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4/8/11 7:38 P

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I think my introduction has been misinterpret. I do not have HIV/AIDS...I'm here to support, minister, and give love. Look forward to bonding everyone soon!

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4/8/11 4:09 P

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emoticon i am happy you found us-I agree with Nehita-there are awesome people on this team!

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Welcome to the team. And I promise you you will find a lot of support here. I have since I started in March. Awesome group of people.

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4/8/11 3:57 P

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I am new to the team and wanted to introduce myself and give plenty support.

Wow...how ironic. I just joint Enternal Living Water, a phenonmal ministry at my church that supports and ministries to others/christians that have HIV/AIDS. We minister for compassion and healing. Although I admit to be in training through my church and outside of church I constantly read or bump into new information about living with HIV.

It takes guts to admit (openly) you are infested. But it takes bigger guts to help another that is in need. I don't know what direction I need to minister/support for you so I rely on God to do that for me. Anyway....I'm so excited to be apart of this team.

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