Hi! I found out last year that i am hiv positive. I was wondering if you kno any groups i can join? I want to meet people who are going through this disease like me. Thank you!
I don’t know of any formal group or organization but through Twitter, I’ve met quite a lot of PLHIV here in the Philippines. You’ll be surprised by the number of PLHIV who are more than willing to help others. I’ve become good friends with many of them and we would often meet for dinner, sports, etc.
In fact, we will be playing Volleyball somewhere in Quezon City this coming Saturday. If you’d be interested, feel free to join us. Contact me through twitter or email or here, tumblr. :D
any other benefits aside from SS disability and PWD card?
For having HIV? Well, aside from the ones you mentioned (I actually don’t know what “SS disability” is) and being a help to others who are on the same boat and meeting a lot of great friends, I don’t know and I can’t think of any other benefits.
Hey how is it going? Jut wanna know how can I contact you directly
Hey! I’m doing great. How are you?
Please feel free to send me an email at: email@example.com
You can also tweet me and send me DMs at @iamhpositive
Hi, i've been diagnosed with hiv since last year and I am currently being checked at Sagid Pgh but until now they havnt given me ARVs. Eventhough, im at 400plus cd4 count but still want to be on the above average to prevent from easily getting sick. Hope to hear from you.
Hi! Good day!
I apologize not being able to reply sooner.
Regarding your inquiry (uhm, I’m not sure if it’s a question, actually. Haha!), please trust your infectious disease doctors. They would know what’s best for you. Don’t be too keen on starting on ARVs. Your doctor will give it to you if you already need it. I actually envy you because you didn’t have to start you ARVs yet when you got diagnosed. Taking ARVs can sometimes have untoward side effects to some people. And once you start taking them, you will have to take them for the rest of your life. Well, until they finally find the cure, of course.
Your goal now should actually be to not take ARVs for as long as you can. No, I don’t mean refuse taking them. What I mean is, try your best to keep your CD4 as high as possible for as long as you can. I’ve met quite a few PLHIVs who have been diagnosed for a lot of years and still not taking ARVs. So yes, it’s possible. Make a conscious effort to keep yourself healthy. I’m pretty sure you know what to do. You know, eat healthy, have enough sleep, exercise, the works. And make sure to visit your doctor regularly.
Hi, can I ask you for the email address of Nurse Christine?
Hi! Good day!
I don’t have Nurse Christine’s personal email address (and even if I do, I don’t think I have the right to give it out. Hehehe!) but you can reach her by contacting i-REACT through:
Phone: 988-1000 or 988-7000 ext. 6765 and 6323
I hope that helps!
Iam H. Positive
It has been more than 3 years since I learned about my HIV status and for that span of time, I’ve been to two treatment hubs (PGH - SAGIP and TMC - IREACT), was assigned to 3 (or maybe 4?) infectious disease doctors.
Also, during that span of time, I’ve met quite a few nurses who assisted me with my visits to the hubs (and, most of time, with the required paper work) Out of all of them, Nurse Christine is turning out to be my personal favorite.
I’m not really sure why. Maybe because I find her much more accommodating than the others. Again, much more accommodating. Emphasis on the “much more” because everyone else was accommodating too. Nurse Lucy, for example, was always helpful. She even replies to my email even when she was with her family on a family outing.
But now that I think of it, maybe Nurse Lucy trained Nurse Christine well. Well, I’m not even sure if Nurse Lucy was the one who trained Nurse Christine. Well whatever.
I just find Nurse Chrisitne really cool. I find her kind and genuinely caring. I feel like she really does put an effort to build rapport al the time.
You won’t really see her face but here’s a photo of her during my last visit.
She was not wearing her uniform then because she went straight work coin from their province. Very dedicated. Very hardworking.
I just hope The Medical City and DOH is paying her enough so that she won’t think of leaving iREACT soon.
During my last visit, I went back to have a refill of my meds. I’ve already been taking the 3 in 1 form of my ARV (tenofovir, lamivudine and efavirenz in 1 big tablet) but I guess we ran out of that kind so I had to be switched to another form. Pity, I’ve been finding the 3 in 1 tablet very convenient.
I don’t think I have posted a picture as to where iREACT is (and I’m not sure if it would be a good idea) but here you go.
At the emergency room, you will find a stairway beside the pharmacy going to the mezzanine above the emergency room. Hospital staff sometimes have their meetings there which can be very awkward and embarrassing because you have to pass by the entire group going to the iREACT clinic. Of course they would know what the iREACT clinic is for.
But that rarely happens. Most of the time, iREACT is very private and the patients don’t even get to see each other. You’ll have to stay somewhere else until the patient leaves before the nurse in charge will send you a text and summon you to the clinic.
Here are the bottles of my new ARVs. It’s now 2 in 1 plus 1. Tenofovir and Lamivudine are combined in 1 capsule, Efavirenz is again it’s own tablet.
This could be a good thing because I can delay taking the Efavirenz for some time if I need to. The psychological side effect that Efavirenz has on me never really went away.
Speaking of, it’s almost 9pm. Time to take my meds!
I’ve been praying to be blessed for a new laptop for quite some time now. Not only do I need it to write more often but also, I need it to be more efficient on my new career as a financial consultant.
I have been able to find ways to still write some on entries but writing in the office but I know I’d be able to write more often if I have my own device.
I’ve been able to do my functions as a financial consultant with the help of my manager but again, everything will be a lot easier if I don’t have to bother him to assist me in coming up with policy proposals.
My Samsung Note 3 has been of so much help to me for doing a lot of things but sometimes there are things that just had to be done on a computer.
Then finally, yesterday, by the grace of God, I was able to buy my new laptop. I find it so cool. Look!
It’s called a Lenovo Flex14. So basically, it flexes. LOL. And it’s a touchscreen so Windows 8 is much cooler. :D
I also decided to buy a printer to go with it.
So yeah, expect to read more from me again my dear imaginary readers! Yehey!