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|Re: Newly Diagnosed HIV Positive by Caracta(f): 6:15pm On Oct 23, 2013|
Elenababie: Am fine ooooo, just staying cool
I understand jare. Be good
|Re: Newly Diagnosed HIV Positive by Idowuogbo(f): 6:26pm On Oct 23, 2013|
Elenababie: Hello every1, luvable Sam. Idowuogbo and others, its me Elenababy am now using dis new account, deleted d former account cos of some personal reasons, but am back and here with U̶̲̥̅̊ guysPhew! thank God u bck.How u doing? Av u started taking any meds?
|Re: Newly Diagnosed HIV Positive by Elenababie: 7:06pm On Oct 23, 2013|
@ idowuogbo am good nope am nt on medication yet...But I have located a place already
|Re: Newly Diagnosed HIV Positive by Caracta(f): 7:10pm On Oct 23, 2013|
Elenababie: @ idowuogbo am good nope am nt on medication yet...But I have located a place already
Progress. Thumbs up ♥ ♥
|Re: Newly Diagnosed HIV Positive by luvablesam(m): 8:06pm On Oct 23, 2013|
Good to know u are ok dearie....how's everything generally?,
|Re: Newly Diagnosed HIV Positive by UKAj: 9:32pm On Oct 24, 2013|
You are not alone. I was diagnosed as sero-compromised in 2010. Trust me, it is not easy at first but you will get over it. Suicide is not as option. Once you have come to terms with your status, you will realise you not worse than others.
Yes, you may have to take once-a-day medication to keep your viral load low and CD4 count up. But people with diabetes and high blood pressure do same.
Try not to tell people close to you yet. You will need time to decide whom to confide in. A lot of people don't know a thing about HIV and will discriminate against you at any given opportunity. Use online forums to communicate with people in similar circumstances. They can be really helpful.
There are still some informed people out there. My wife married me even though she was aware of my status. We how have two healthy kids and my wife remains negative.
You have an advantage which some people don't have; you know your status and will soon be on medication. With a low viral load, you are unlikely to transmit the virus. Knowing your status also mean you are unlikely to die of AIDS.
Goodluck and do not hesitate to contact me if you need any advise.
|Re: Newly Diagnosed HIV Positive by Caracta(f): 9:46pm On Oct 24, 2013|
^ ^ ^Wow! Thanks for sharing that. I'm so happy for you and your family.
|Re: Newly Diagnosed HIV Positive by Idowuogbo(f): 10:36pm On Oct 24, 2013|
Woow! Ukaj, thanks for sharing. God bless u...
|Re: Newly Diagnosed HIV Positive by Elenababie: 11:37am On Oct 25, 2013|
@ukaj....Thanks so much for ur advice and sure I will contact in if I need any advice...
|Re: Newly Diagnosed HIV Positive by chiozor: 7:31am On Nov 25, 2013|
@ukaj, thanks for sharing
|Re: Newly Diagnosed HIV Positive by Enigma1510(m): 8:27am On Nov 25, 2013|
Seriously, i wanted to go for an HIV test this morning bt with what i saw here, am not going again. I cnt stop imaginin aw Elena is feeling right now. Just take heart dear. Av u traced ur steps back to knw whr/who u contracted it frm?
|Re: Newly Diagnosed HIV Positive by Elenababie: 9:31pm On Nov 25, 2013|
Enigma1510: Seriously, i wanted to go for an HIV test this morning bt with what i saw here, am not going again. I cnt stop imaginin aw Elena is feeling right now. Just take heart dear. Av u traced ur steps back to knw whr/who u contracted it frm?Going for a test its very important so that U̶̲̥̅̊ will ur status, there's nothing to be scare abt....And about ao I feel am good, am on medication already
|Re: Newly Diagnosed HIV Positive by FRS(m): 8:16am On Nov 26, 2013|
luvable sam:you're right by saying Don Bosco is in Ondo town.
|Re: Newly Diagnosed HIV Positive by Tuche77: 3:13pm On Nov 26, 2013|
I been living with the virus for some time am doing well and living healthy. It’s easy for people who are negative to say all manner of things. They don’t know what you go through every day.
If you were recently diagnosed with HIV, chances are you're in the grip of some pretty strong emotions. Denial, Anger, Despair, Grief.
That's perfectly normal. It may take you some time to work through those negative feelings. That's perfectly normal, too. But make sure you don't stay in the grip of negative emotions forever.
HIV today is not a death sentence. It is a chronic, manageable disease. Although you are going to have to take care of your HIV for the rest of your life, it probably is not going to kill you. Nobody lives forever, of course. But most people living with HIV today will probably die of something else.
So does it make sense to go through life with your head down, always expecting the worst? No! You have one life to live, just like everybody else. And the only thing that makes sense is to live it to the fullest!
Here are some suggestions:
1. Get the virus under control.
If you are HIV-positive, the first step in living life to the fullest is to get the virus under control. This is not a do-it-yourself project! You need the help of an experienced HIV doctor. Not just any doctor will do. HIV treatment is very complex and it changes all the time. Make sure your doctor is an HIV specialist.
Go to a General hospital and get registered. Your CD4 count and viral load checked. If you are lucky your CD4 count is high you won’t be placed on ARV, you will be advice to live a healthy life and eat well. But if your CD4 count is low you will be placed on ARV. This is where the challenge is.
Staying healthy when you're HIV positive is about so much more than taking antiretrovirals. Yes, HIV medications are the most important part of the equation for most people. However, they're not the whole story: For instance, ensuring that your body maintains optimal levels of key nutrients can be critical in maintaining your health.
Much of the time, people with HIV can maintain good nutrient levels simply through a balanced diet, regular exercise and a healthy overall approach to the way they take care of their body. But it's not always easy to do this -- and sometimes, no matter how hard you try, it's still not enough to ensure that you get all the nutrients you need. For now we will limit our discussion on the general things we need to do. Subsequently will be talking about the daily nutritional requirement for the body.
If you're newly infected, you may not need to take HIV medicines for a while. But you need a doctor anyway, to monitor your viral load and T-cell count. Even though you may be feeling fine, you should have your viral load tested every 3-4 months, and your T-cell count measured every 3-6.
Unless you are one of the lucky few, eventually you will need to go on medications. When you do start taking the drugs, make sure you take them faithfully! Today's HIV medicines are much easier to take and much more tolerable than the medications available just a few years ago. Many people can control their HIV with just one pill that they take just once a day. But no pill works unless you take it! And missing doses of HIV medication can result in drug resistance. So be sure to take your meds on time, every time. When it comes to HIV medications, you can't afford to miss a dose.
2. Make up your mind who you're going to tell and who you're not going to tell. And then, move on.
Everybody with HIV has to make up his or her own mind about who they are going to tell they have the disease. Some don't tell anybody. Some tell only their family and closest friends. Some tell everyone.
The right choice for you is the choice that feels right for you. Yes, HIV still has a tremendous stigma. If you disclose your HIV status, some people will shun you for it. You might even put your job in jeopardy.
The only people you absolutely must tell are those you plan to have sex with. Beyond that, you have a right to medical privacy. It's the law.
So make up your mind-and then make up your mind to be happy with your decision.
If you decide not to disclose, fine! Don't tell anybody, and if anybody asks, say "Hell, no!" Say it like you mean it-and don't lose any sleep over it. Nobody has any business asking in the first place.
On the other hand, if you decide to tell everyone, then tell them, and let the chips fall where they may.
Telling just a few people is the hardest option. (Once you've told one person, you can never be sure who they will tell.)
It's your choice. Make the choice, and move on. In any case, HIV shouldn't define who you are! It is a part of who you are-but it's not the whole package by any means.
3. Find something you want to do, and go after it.
One of the greatest pleasures of human life is setting yourself a worthwhile goal, and then going after it.
Setting yourself a goal is something only you can do for yourself. Do you want to start a business? Help people less fortunate than yourself? Go back to school and get your degree? Only you know your own true heart's desire. Only you really know what "living life to the fullest" means to you.
Your goal may be HIV-oriented. Many people with HIV find helping others with HIV tremendously empowering. Or, your goal may not have anything to do with HIV at all.
Set yourself a goal, and try to do something every day that moves you a little bit closer to making it a reality. There's nothing better than having a sense of purpose-knowing exactly what you want to do, and moving in that direction!
4. Get some exercise!
One of the most powerful things you can do for your own health and general well-being is to get regular exercise. What can exercise do for you? To start with, it can lower your risk of virtually every kind of disease you can mention. Here’s just a partial list of what exercise can protect you from: heart attack, stroke, hypertension (high blood pressure), diabetes, obesity, depression, dementia, osteoporosis, gallstones, diverticulitis, falls, erectile dysfunction, peripheral vascular disease, and twelve different kinds of cancer.
And, exercise is the best known remedy for lipodystrophy, a maldistribution of body fat that sometimes affects people with HIV. It used to be that doctors were afraid to let heart patient’s exercise. Now they know better. Exercise is essential for everybody. Today, heart attack patients are in bed barely half a day before their doctors have them up and moving around.
On top of everything else, exercise releases hormones called "endorphins" that make you feel good and increase your sense of well-being.
What kind of exercise should you do? Ideally, a combination of aerobic exercise, like walking, jogging or bicycling, resistance exercise or weight training, and stretching.
Does exercise have to be a chore? Absolutely not! Sports are supposed to be fun! Find a sport or activity you enjoy, and do that! It doesn't matter if it's shooting hoops, throwing a Frisbee or dancing. The more you enjoy your chosen activity, the more likely you'll keep doing it!
5. Look after your heart.
Don't let heart problems stop you from living life to the fullest. If you're on HIV meds-especially if you're on a regimen that includes a Protease Inhibitor-ask your doctor for a complete cholesterol check, which is also called a "lipid panel." Some HIV medications can raise your LDL ("bad cholesterol" levels along with your triglycerides-another fatty substance in the blood which can contribute to heart disease. If your cholesterol and triglycerides are high, your doctor may prescribe a class of drug called "statins" to help bring them down. In any case, you can help keep your cholesterol under control by learning about nutrition and eating a diet that is low in saturated fats and high in fiber. Exercise also helps keep your cholesterol levels under control.
6. Keep your bones strong.
A recent study showed that people living with HIV are more likely to get osteoporosis (brittle bones) than those who are HIV-negative. So make sure you get plenty of exercise, which strengthens bones, as well as plenty of calcium and vitamin D.
Your skin makes vitamin D naturally when exposed to the sun, but most people don't get enough sun exposure to meet their needs. Similarly, calcium is available in dairy products, but many people don't get enough. You might want to consider a calcium and vitamin D supplement to make sure you're getting what you need.
7. Eat healthy food.
Good nutrition is important for anyone who wants to live life to the fullest. But what exactly does "good nutrition" mean?
WHY IS NUTRITION IMPORTANT?
Good nutrition means eating the right kinds and amounts of food. Good nutrition can be a problem for many people with HIV. In order to fight infection, the body uses energy and nutrients from food at an increased rate.
It means eating more foods that are rich in vitamins, minerals and fiber-like fresh fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. And it means eating less food that are high in calories but nutritionally empty-like sugary soft drinks, donuts and candy. And still fewer foods that can clog your arteries, like saturated fats.
Of course, we all know that broccoli is good for you and potato chips are not. But, if you really want to live life to the fullest, you need more nutrition information than that-and you need to act on it.
You may find it worth your while to consult with a nutritionist or dietitian-especially one who specializes in working with people with HIV.
NUTRITION GUIDELINES FOR PEOPLE WITH HIV
First, eat more often. Try to eat 4-6 times per day instead of 2-3 times per day. This will help prevent muscle loss. Extra muscle weight will help you fight HIV. This is very important. Many people want to lose weight, but for people with HIV, it can be dangerous.
Make sure you eat plenty of meat, fruits, and vegetables.
Meat (protein) helps build and maintain your muscles. Chicken, pork, beef, fish, eggs, and dairy are the best foods to eat for muscle maintenance.
Fruits & Vegetables & Whole Grains (carbohydrates) give you energy and antioxidants. These are “power” foods that will help you fight infections. Every meal should contain fruits and vegetables.
Nuts & oils (fats) provide energy for low-intensity exercise and normal body functions. You need some — but not too much.
A moderate exercise program will help your body turn your food into muscle. Within 15 minutes after exercise, eat a small meal or snack with meat, fruits, and veggies or drink a glass of chocolate milk. Take it easy, and work exercise into your daily activities.
Drinking enough liquids is very important when you have HIV. Extra water can reduce the side effects of medications. It can help you avoid a dry mouth and constipation. Remember that drinking tea, coffee, colas, chocolate, or alcohol can actually make you lose body liquid. The best way to know if you’re getting enough water is to monitor the color of your urine. Light-yellow is ideal.
8. Positive Prevention
Prevention isn’t just about protecting your partner from getting HIV; it’s about protecting yourself from other harmful infections. The risk of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) is serious for people living with HIV. Whether you are in a steady relationship or not, you still need to be concerned about preventing HIV and other STD infections for both you and your partner. HIV can be transmitted by any type of sexual contact (rectal, vaginal or oral), by blood-to-blood contact (most often by shooting drugs and sharing needles) or by a woman to her unborn or newborn baby prenatally or through breastfeeding. HIV is not transmitted through any type of causal contact, by insects or by animals.
Not all strains of HIV are alike. An HIV-positive person can infect a positive partner with a new strain of HIV–different than the strain that the partner already has. HIV strains can also mutate into forms that may be resistant to medication. Take care of yourself—you can help stop the
Knowledge is your best defense. Keep up-to-date on the latest information about HIV. Talk to your health care professional. You can also obtain information on the web, but be careful!
9. Keep your chin up!
One of the greatest risks you face as a person living with HIV is depression. Don't let it get you!
Support groups can keep you from feeling all alone. Exercise is also a highly effective anti-depressant.
Even if you're not depressed, you need to make sure you keep your eye on the prize. When was the last time you read a motivational book, or watched a really inspiring movie? Everybody needs a little mental "pick-me-up" now and then. Read up on the subject of "positive thinking"-widely-known positive thinking techniques like visualization and affirmation can absolutely help you live life to the fullest.
One of the keys to being happy is simply deciding to be happy. You can be happy-blissfully happy-regardless of what is going on around you.
So don't let your HIV hold you back or get you down. Make up your mind to live life to the fullest! Take care of your virus, your body and your mind and you can live a long, full, fantastic life with HIV!
Being HIV+ is not the end of it all. There are many HIV+ people who live exciting lives and make the most out each and every day. And you can begin exploring your treatment options. Don't give up on life just yet, there are people who care and can give you help and support.
Fortunately, there are people who understand and know how to help you. Should you not have anyone to talk to, call or SMS the number and a counselor will speak with you? Join us on Facebook and we look forward to your emails and comments.
|Re: Newly Diagnosed HIV Positive by Idowuogbo(f): 3:17pm On Nov 26, 2013|
Elena mama! How u doing?
|Re: Newly Diagnosed HIV Positive by pickabeau1: 10:39am On Nov 27, 2013|
|Re: Newly Diagnosed HIV Positive by pickabeau1: 10:39am On Nov 27, 2013|
Tuche77: I been living with the virus for some time am doing well and living healthy. It’s easy for people who are negative to say all manner of things. They don’t know what you go through every day.
|Re: Newly Diagnosed HIV Positive by Elenababie: 8:38am On Nov 28, 2013|
@Tuche77 I tried searching for on Facebook but lots of people are already using dat name I couldn't figure out which is yours and moreover I sent a mail to ur gmail account few days ago and till now there's no reply...
|Re: Newly Diagnosed HIV Positive by Elenababie: 8:43am On Nov 28, 2013|
Idowuogbo: ^Wowzie! brilliant!!Am good and doing great..
|Re: Newly Diagnosed HIV Positive by chiozor: 9:11am On Nov 28, 2013|
can you post the contact, people may need to give it a trial...to me i strongly believe there must be a herbal solution to this problem...
|Re: Newly Diagnosed HIV Positive by chiozor: 7:20am On Nov 29, 2013|
^^^ where is he based?nigeria
|Re: Newly Diagnosed HIV Positive by Tuche77: 11:54am On Nov 29, 2013|
Good day house, am sorry for not have replied any of your messages earlier. As the saying goes the harvest is big but the labourer are few.
Been bit busy going to general hospitals to educate people that dont have the previledge we have on the internet. I posted list of general hospitals in lagos where you can get tested and commence medication. i regret not knowing my status on time? if i had known on time i wont be on medication . please for those that are scared please its better you know and start to fight for your life.i have replied some of your emails and you can join us on facebook with this link.
Thank you all may God bless you with long life. i hope to read some of your emails and please bring the questions.
Be careful of anyone that claims they have cure for hiv. please please please............
|Re: Newly Diagnosed HIV Positive by Fm006: 4:51pm On Jul 25, 2014|
hello Elena pls can we get to talk privately. here is my pin 7B596D4F and firstname.lastname@example.org. I await ur reply..
|Re: Newly Diagnosed HIV Positive by Elenababie: 8:38am On Oct 15, 2014|
Hello everyone, luvable sam, idowu ogbo, Ukaj nd others.....Guess u people are doing fine?
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