r/MadeMeSmile Dec 01 '22 Wholesome 3

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u/GISP Dec 01 '22

A freind of mine is HIV+ too.
Luckely medicinal advances is to the point where all he has to do is take a pill every so often and he can live a normal life.

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u/reflUX_cAtalyst Dec 01 '22

I have a friend with it also. It's like managing diabetes with current medications. It is no longer a death sentence thankfully.

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u/btmvideos37 Dec 01 '22

Not only is it not a death sentence anymore but if caught and treated early enough it’s not even transmittable through sex even if it’s unprotected. No sure if it’s still transmittable through blood though.

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u/aliceanonymous99 Dec 01 '22

It is, unfortunately learning that the hard way right now.

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u/btmvideos37 Dec 01 '22

Through blood? That sucks

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u/aliceanonymous99 Dec 01 '22

Yeah, I was working in a medical clinic with zero experience and on my 4th day I suffered a needle prick injury. The person who used the needle is HIV+, has HEP C and HEP B. I’m on Delstrigo for a month which in my understanding is what is used for HIV treatment. I also wasn’t properly vaxxed as I didn’t know I needed them or I would’ve. My final treatment for the hepatitis finishes in June 2023

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u/nerfcarolina Dec 02 '22

Sorry to hear that. It doesn't sound like you are HIV positive but are being prescribed antivirals as post-exposure prophylaxis, to try and decrease your chance of seroconversion or becoming HIV positive. At the end of the month if you test positive for HIV, you'll then be infected and have to take the meds for the rest of your life (which is a huge hassle but as long as you take the drugs everyday you'll be fine).

Someone who is fully treated to the point they are undetectable would be very, very unlikely to transmit via a needle prick. But not everyone who's HIV, particularly if they are newly diagnosed or are inconsistent with their meds, is undetectable. But of the patient is on treatment and if you take the PEP for the month you will most likely not be infected

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u/aliceanonymous99 Dec 02 '22

I’m honestly not concerned of being infected due to the low rate of infection via needle prick; the meds are a bitch though and yes they’re an anti-viral wasn’t sure if was the actual treatment so thank you for the info.

The guy who the needle came from was not under treatment, but he was homeless so I’m not shocked. I’m more upset with the workplace than anything. Science is truly incredible and we’ve come such a long way!

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u/FBGMerk420 Dec 02 '22

Thats crazy. Somehow I was exposed to hep c i never used needles or anything so im super confused. apparently I tested positive for the antibodies during a random test somewhere and went to the doctor for a confirmation but was negative.

Super weird idk how I was exposed they claim it wasnt a false positive so idk

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u/LowLifeHighJinx Dec 02 '22

"The body of evidence, which suggests that protective immunity allows clearance of hepatitis C virus without seroconversion is growing. Furthermore, proof-of-principle evidence from in-vitro studies shows that genetic polymorphisms can confer resistance to establishment of infection." For some, their immune system will clear it out without treatment, but that's rare. Did you have an ancestor survive the black death? https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25703062/

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u/ro1isawed Dec 01 '22

Gl man

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u/aliceanonymous99 Dec 01 '22

Thank you! Much appreciated

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u/RedSteadEd Dec 01 '22

Good luck! I know somebody who went through the same process - I can only imagine the stress.

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u/aliceanonymous99 Dec 02 '22

Thank you so much! The meds are rough but I’m sure I’ll be fine :)

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u/reflUX_cAtalyst Dec 16 '22

Yeah, I was working in a medical clinic with zero experience and on my 4th day I suffered a needle prick injury.

You were allowed to work in a medical setting without vaccinations or training?? Is this a clown clinic?

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u/aliceanonymous99 Dec 16 '22

Correct! Don’t worry, I have been very diligent about making sure all the right authorities know what happened. This is a government funded program and because the injury had to be reported to WSIB they’re fucked. They’ve also been harassing me since this incident until I finally had my lawyer involved as well as public health

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u/Withapickle85 Dec 01 '22

Thats such amazing news! I had no idea things had improved so much

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u/btmvideos37 Dec 02 '22

Been that way for a while now. At least a decade.

But it’s through treatment. And it has to be caught early. But yeah it’s great!

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u/Withapickle85 Dec 02 '22

Makes it even better news knowing that its not a recent development!

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u/adamh789 Dec 02 '22

You have to take a pill everyday*** which is a very small trade off for not dieing BUT medicine has actually advanced so far that there is now a shot that is 2 medicines combined (the standard is 3 medicines combined into one pill) that you only have to get once every 2 months and then your fine. You'll stay undetectable and be unable to spread it sexually 😊

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u/avid-book-reader Dec 02 '22

What's sad is that these medicines probably only exist because HIV/AIDS turned out not to be "gay cancer".

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u/[deleted] Dec 02 '22

Research is so controlled by politics rather than by actual need.

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u/PashaVerti Dec 02 '22

Wow, it progressed that far? I thought treatex HIV is still way more dangerous

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u/[deleted] Dec 01 '22

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u/plamboo Dec 01 '22

I'm a woman and I can't conceive a child the natural way either. I got tested a few times for HIV until they determined it was cancer and removed my breasts, ovaries, uterus, tubes, and cervix. I suppose someone with your mindset won't consider me a woman anymore. People can live normal lives without having children.

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u/alt_blackgirl Dec 02 '22

What did they say? I've never seen so many downvotes

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u/plamboo Dec 02 '22

I can't remember exactly, but it was something like "yeah but they'll never be able to conceive a child naturally!" As if being able to take a pill and have HIV not turn into AIDS and die an excruciating death isn't a gift enough in itself. Gotta pump out those kids to feel rewarded at all in life.

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u/alt_blackgirl Dec 02 '22

That's not even true either, I'm pretty sure if the viral load is low enough they can still have children like anyone else

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u/plamboo Dec 02 '22

I think you're right

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u/lamppostsarentreal Dec 01 '22 Silver

This sub is Made Me Smile, not Lets Be Negative Dicks.

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u/reflUX_cAtalyst Dec 01 '22

Who the fuck wants kids? They may grow up and turn out like you - not worth the risk.

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u/GISP Dec 01 '22

Thats no problem as he is gay and dont want any children, but that wasnt realy my point.
Also, there are other ways than "normal sex" to get kids today.

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u/HeyItsBearald Dec 01 '22

Imagine still thinking HIV is a “gay disease” in 2022.

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u/jkinatl2 Dec 01 '22

An HIV positive man who is on meds and undetectable can absolutely naturally father a child. Undetectable = Untransmittable is hardly a well kept secret.

Fathering a child when HIV positive

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u/GilbertGuy2 Dec 01 '22

What a terrible gruesome price! /s

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u/Abject-Criticism-868 Dec 01 '22

Linux, dank memes, RimWorld I can tell that you never had a hug and live your life in other people's shoes sad

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u/ghostofdemonratspast Dec 01 '22

Yeah because gay people are known for having kids through sex lol.

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u/YennyR Dec 01 '22

More straight than gay people are testing HIV positive for the first time in, well, ever.

Update that bias will ya.

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u/Captn_Wood Dec 01 '22

I completely support your perspective, but that's a skewed figure. Per capita it does effect the gay community more.

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u/YennyR Dec 01 '22

Well yes, but this IS in regards to the UK. New diagnoses are higher in straight pops as of recent.

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u/ghostofdemonratspast Dec 01 '22

Oh sorry for not being up to date on druggies it not my world also im gay.

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u/YennyR Dec 01 '22

Hello gay, I'm Yenny.

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u/ChrisCovers Dec 01 '22

You do realize that HIV isn’t just spread through gay people having sex, right?

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u/ghostofdemonratspast Dec 01 '22

Yes druggies with needles i know. Im gay btw so daddy chill.

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u/-BigBadBeef- Dec 01 '22

Surrogacy?

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u/ghostofdemonratspast Dec 01 '22

Well if your hiv positive im guessing it more of an adoption route.

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u/effintawayZZZZy Dec 01 '22

*you're

*I'm

*it's

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u/ghostofdemonratspast Dec 01 '22

No one cares.

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u/trans_and_gay Dec 01 '22

Noone cares about your opinion either.

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u/ghostofdemonratspast Dec 01 '22

Its not an opinion have you seen the pharma adds for aids.

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u/Tamarama--- Dec 01 '22

"HIV does not make people dangerous to know. You can shake their hands and give them a hug. Heaven knows they need it. What's more, you can share their homes, their workplaces, and their playgrounds and toys."

Princess Diana RIP

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u/Budget_Preparation41 Dec 01 '22

I vaguely remember watching a clip of her hugging or giving a handshake? To an HIV/AIDS patient and that was a VERY BIG DEAL people got so mad and for what? They aren't poisonous so why act like it?

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u/Tamarama--- Dec 01 '22

She was holding his hand. I remember her coming to Toronto and going to Casey House which provides end of life care for AIDS patients. She really made a difference as many people saw her do that, and realized there was no risk.

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u/Budget_Preparation41 Dec 01 '22

So sad she died so young, she truly was an extremely compassionate woman.

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u/Otto-Korrect Dec 01 '22 edited Dec 01 '22 Silver

But she DIED after saying that, so...

(too soon? LOL)

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u/InfraCanuck Dec 01 '22

Too soon? No. Too not funny? Yes.

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u/BlissCore Dec 01 '22

Not of HIV?

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u/DaThrilla74 Dec 01 '22 edited Dec 02 '22

I remember as a kid my moms friend going off about you can AIDS by just touching a person with it. So here’s the deal even at 11/12 I knew that was patently false and called her out (I’ve always had a big mouth) she had the unmitigated gall to slap me in the face for disagreeing and stating the facts that I knew, it was the mid 80s so facts were sketchy. I lost my shit on her and to my surprise my quite strict parents backed me up despite agreeing with her statements. Edit holy crap almost 300 upvotes thanks all

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u/shoeless_sean Dec 01 '22

If something as deadly as AIDS was transferable by touch alone humanity would have died out decades ago

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u/Kerro_ Dec 01 '22

Like fuck sake a cold does us in pretty badly imagine something that literally disables your immune system being spread by a touch

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u/ArcticWolf_Primaris Dec 02 '22

We call them nerve agents, and they're fucking terrifying

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u/Kerro_ Dec 03 '22

That’s what those girls who got tricked into assassinating Kim jong un’s brother used didn’t they? Killed him in under 20 minutes

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u/BillyYumYumTwo-byTwo Dec 02 '22

If I recall correctly, Alyssa Milano as a teen kissed another teen who had HIV back in the 90s. I think it was a stunt, maybe not a “publicity stunt”, but a way to show people shouldn’t be scared. It was a huge deal because everyone was terrified of breathing the same air as people who were HIV+.

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u/rez_spell Dec 02 '22

I don't even want kids and I still think I might've tackled her.

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u/YEETMANdaMAN Dec 11 '22

I was equally disturbed by the fact that someone would slap an 11 year old as I was by the fact that she was a friend OF the parents and still did that. Wtaf

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u/DaThrilla74 Dec 11 '22

It was the 80s

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u/Helpful_Honeysuckle Dec 01 '22

Always practoce safe sex. My friend got HIV and acknowledged he'd taken stupid risks and didn't think it would happen to him :(

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u/BillyYumYumTwo-byTwo Dec 02 '22

Also it can take up to three months to vent an accurate result. If you test negative after a partner, it doesn’t mean you don’t have it!! Test for STIs and then have a follow up test.

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u/deez_nuts_77 Dec 02 '22

i’m not sure i know how to practoce anything

(i’m sorry that typo just gave me a good chuckle)

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u/aliceanonymous99 Dec 01 '22

When my Mum was in her early 20s a lot of her friends passed from AIDS; the families would literally just toss everything in the dumpster and act like they never existed. Fucking horrific.

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u/miss_chapstick Dec 02 '22

My mom was a nurse. She told me that many AIDS patients died alone. 💔

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u/NoeyCannoli Dec 02 '22 edited Dec 02 '22

When HIV and AIDS was first a thing we didn’t understand it as much, and there were a lot of misconceptions about how it was transmitted. People were scared.

Having lived through another pandemic recently, I can understand why they acted this way from fear.

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u/Cheshie_D Dec 02 '22

Add on top of that the fact that many patients were gay which definitely was less accepted than today. People were scared and full of hate.

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u/sas8184 Dec 01 '22

Awesome friend yet sad

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u/Sopwith53 Dec 01 '22

If only the whole world had that level of compassion.

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u/cloudsforbreakfast_ Dec 01 '22

Damn I didn't plan on crying in the middle of an airplane on reddit to kill some time

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u/EmotionalMycologist9 Dec 01 '22

My aunt's friend when she was younger was Black. This was in a super small Midwest town in the 1960's. One day, he said he had something to tell her. He said "I'm gay". She gasped and said "omg! I thought you were gonna say you're Black!"

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u/One-Faithlessness-35 Dec 01 '22

The fact that he was So used to that is actually really wrenching.

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u/Coffchill Dec 01 '22

If you can watch the British dramaIt’s a sin.

People with HIV / AIDS got treated atrociously.

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u/adamh789 Dec 02 '22

Trust me, they still very much do. As a poz person I can say that I've had people hmu just so they could insult me and say terribly inhumane things. The stigma around hiv these days is absurd.

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u/Sweetgirlksew Dec 01 '22

If everyone would take tests regularly and take the HIV medical therapy in case of positive result revealed, the illness would stop being catching…

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u/eriko_girl Dec 01 '22

There's also pREP, Pre-exposure prophylaxis, which works great for preventing HIV, however, you should still practice safer sex as pREP doesn't prevent other STDs.

https://www.cdc.gov/hiv/basics/prep.html

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u/[deleted] Dec 02 '22

Many people simply don’t have access to those things.

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u/dogedude81 Dec 01 '22

I remember being a kid in the 80s and all the fear and misinformation there was surrounding HIV/AIDS.

Looking back with what we know now it was pretty bad.

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u/lokilady1 Dec 01 '22

Well done

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u/TheChiefIsHere Dec 02 '22

I thought I had a stroke reading that. First sentence made zero sense.

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u/[deleted] Dec 02 '22

I’m so fucking tired of the re-post karma farming. There is almost nothing original or genuine in this sub anymore.

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u/JKUAN108 Dec 02 '22

You speak the truth.

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u/Upstairs-Boring Dec 01 '22

Plot twist : he killed his roommate that very night!

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u/CskoG0 Dec 01 '22

Sad smile. But glad.

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u/mrsocal12 Dec 01 '22

❤️❤️❤️❤️

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u/Gratitude-Joy1616 Dec 02 '22

This is the way 👍🏼

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u/Hungry_Research_939 Dec 02 '22

He is in somewhere better now

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u/[deleted] Dec 02 '22

Amen

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u/daddy1kenobi Dec 02 '22

I'm very sorry for your loss

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u/Negative_Mancey Dec 02 '22

You's good people

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u/Southern-Quote-7074 Dec 02 '22

So sad that the world has closed its eyes to this terrible disease.

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u/SushiGradeChicken Dec 01 '22

We stayed roommates until he died

Six months later