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Poor HIV education

Feb 20, 2008 - 5 comments

News in my country show that young educated people - a male this time- committed suicide over having unprotected sex with a girl of unknown status. It’s crazy round here. Nobody knows a thing bout HIV-symptoms, anonymous test, risk exposure, the existence of a treatment or eventually the “living with” part.
       Young educated people give up their lives knowing that’s “no after” –no work, no socialization, no family……and they are right….Society does not give them a chance :people are afraid to touch them, to employ them, to form magnet couples, to have babies.
       I really know it’s like this. Docs I’ve been to (like a douzine so far) do not know common sense stuff over HIV. They panic patients. They are also scared and you are afraid and ashamed to say you’re there for an appoyment to take an H I V test (it’s a taboo issue). They look at you as you’re a CWS or worse. You try a smile but it’s more like an excuse….You get thrown away from school and hospitals as like by touching a door you trough public health in light air.
      So you see…. patients go trough hell –and I really mean HELL - these 2 weeks(10 business days) till they get their result.
      So they can take it anymore and suicide for not accepting the stigma of disgrace ……this poor 25yo guy, living in the city, has been devastated these 2 weeks. Sad is the result came back negative, but too late for him…..
      
“The HIV generation lived longer than Romania would have wont “ once said Voica Steluta in “Cotidianul”, the 20th October 2007) http://www.cotidianul.ro/index.php?id=14940&art=37462&cHash=c984ba58d7

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by hilfe21, Mar 30, 2008
Hi. I know how it is since i live in serbia but it's a bit better here. Docs are really nice and pleasant. we have free testing, you pay nothing, and annonymus as well. the results came in 1 or 2 days maximum.they even calm you down, but ask from you to use condom offcourse. i still need to take the test after 13 weeks. i went to do it after 52 days and they were negative for hiv and hepatitis b and c. as i read what you wrote you are tested positive or you just tought that you are positive?

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by stelutu, Mar 30, 2008
        God help me...no.....I was in that situation, I have had all symptoms and i still have some. But I tested negative at 32 weeks after first exposure and 20 weeks after second one. Any doc will say I am ok I guess......I took a blood test, Elisa 4th gen, Ag/Ab, non reactive, 0,35% reactivity.
        I do not like this association of works "you are positive".....I would like to think I am not as I wish to every single person alive.....not to spread the nightmare any more....

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by stelutu, Mar 30, 2008
* "words"....pfffffff......someday i'll just forget my head some place......

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by hilfe21, Mar 30, 2008
Thank God. i'm very glad to hear that! I will test myself in about 2 weeks or maybe so.wish me luck. i had just one risk exposure with an ex-boyfriend that i didn't know well and the condom broke. he had a lot of sexual activity in his life with a lot of female persons he barely knew, vaginal, oral, anal... i made him to go test himself and he was negative fortunately for hiv, and hepatitis b and c. but i don't know if he was in window period at the time and i had a wound on my cervix. alough he asured me that he didn't have sex with anyone for 4,5 months, but i'm not so sure...i'm petrified.i cannot eat, sleep, learn. don't get me wrong, i've never been in trouble before, i'm the best student on my college, i do not use drugs or even cigarettes, do not drink alcohol, and i had non protected intercourse just in a long-term relationship with a guy who was tested before we first had sex (i asked him to do that).he also always used condoms with his girlfriends before, and i'm always testing myself after every surgery after 6 months.now i'm really scared.i had a flu,and other strange symptoms.i was tested 7 weeks after the exposure, and i was negative for hiv and hep b and c as well.

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by hilfe21, Mar 30, 2008
my elisa test was also Elisa 4th gen, Ag/Ab, i forrgot to say.  

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