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:www.thebody.com/content/art49932.html
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: www.thebody.com/content/prev/art6113.html
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_4994.
shtml www.aids.org/ www.aidschicago.org/
Good luck on your journey and keep us posted on your progress.
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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