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Hey everyone,

I have a very dear friend who just tested positive for HIV. I was hoping some of you might have some info, anecdotes, advice, etc. on living with HIV. It's not the death sentence it used to be, is it? Has he got better odds at living with it for a really long time if he's vegan? (He is).

Anything at all would be appreciated. If you don't want to post publicly, I welcome private messages. I just need a little hope. Thank you in advance.

 

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I have heard if properly taken care of it can be managed as a chronic disease, like type 2 diabetes, for some time. I think the outlook now is more positive than when HIV first became known for sure. He needs to see an infectious disease specialist if he's not already. They understand HIV better than a general doc. Good luck to your friend!
 

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UGH!!!! I just had a long post, and poof! it was gone! Stupid laptop!!!!!

I used to be an HIV counselor in a drug/alcohol rehab....LOVED it!

Depending on your friend's Tcell count and viral load, the lab results will determine the course of action for treatment, if doing well, they may wait to treat, so as to not start the meds too early to prevent loss of efficacy, or to \\ cause unpleasant side effects. If he is at a point where treatment is needed, then he will be prescribed at least a 3 drug combo, to try to stop the replication process of the virus and/or from it even entering the cell to begin with.

It's not uncommon at all for people to live 20+ yrs after dianosis, but a person's lifestyle contributes greatly to their outcomes, whether it's positive or negative.....good nutrition, exercise, rest, reduced stress all have a postive impact, vs a partying lifestyle potentially poses more risks for that person and other people too.

Automatic death sentence? All people die, when a person does have an AIDS diagnosis, it's usually PCP pneumonia that is the cause or other secondary infections that cause the death because the body can't fight off the infections....possibly the person will have an unrelated heart attack or stroke too...

Tell him to stay away from known sick individuals this winter, wash his hands frequently......he shouldn't clean out cat litter boxes or bird cages, to prevent toxoplasmosis or histoplasmosis....no fish or other animal cages either.

It's completely safe to give hugs or touch him, shake hands, etc.....and it can be passed on in blood, semen, vaginal secretions and breast milk-guess he won't have to worry about that one.

Let me know if you need/want any more info.
 

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Thank you so much everyone. It will take a while for it to sink in yet. I keep telling him not to think of himself as dying, but to start living as if every day is the first day of the rest of his life. None of us know when our time will be up. We should all approach life with that attitude I think.

Photojess, as much info as you can take the time to share will be very much appreciated!
 

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I don't know that I know anyone currently who is HIV+ but I've done a bit of research on it because HIV+ kids need adoptive homes and I was/am considering adopting one. Yes, drug treatments are very effective and can allow someone who is HIV+ to lead a very normal and fulfilling life. The only real issues are the costs of the drugs (that's a big reason why HIV+ kids need adoptive homes, their birth families cannot afford the meds) and the other issue is the patient needs to take their meds on time (which is an issue with rebelious teens).

Knowledge is power - for you and your friend. Read as much as you can on the subject.
 
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