Recently diagnosed with HIV
wat should I do
Hi, Thank you for your question.
We understand this could be a difficult situation for you at the moment and hope you are receiving support after your diagnosis.
It is important for you to access HIV treatment as soon as possible, which would provide you with greater health benefits. The earlier you start treatment the better. People living with HIV who are on effective treatment can also suppress the viral load of HIV in their bodies to such a low level that we call it ‘undetectable.’ People living with HIV with an ‘undetectable viral load’ (UVL) cannot transmit HIV to another person. You can access HIV treatment by getting in touch with your GP, a sexual health clinic or hospital. You can read more about HIV treatment and UVL on our website here: https://endinghiv.org.au/treat-early/all-about-treatment/.
ACON also provides may HIV support services for people who have recently been diagnosed. This includes HIV counselling and one-on-one peer support, which connects you with other HIV positive people. ACON’s HIV support programs also provide free workshops called Genesis, which is a safe, confidential and supportive space for newly diagnosed guys. You can read more about ACON’s HIV Support on their website here: https://www.acon.org.au/what-we-are-here-for/hiv-support/.
If you would like to find out more, you can also get in touch at (02) 9206 2000.
I'm located in cope st, I'm not from the area and have misplaced my medication trimeque. Unsure 2hat to do where to go. Very stressed anxious
Hi There, we’re sorry to hear that you have misplaced your medication and are feeling anxious as a result. The good news is, there are people who can help!
You mentioned you were in cope st which we assume to be in Redfern/Cleveland, if that’s the case the first service we would recommend is RPA Sexual Health Centre.
This service doesn’t require you to have medicare and will be able to see you and help you access your medication.
You can find their info here: https://www.slhd.nsw.gov.au/CommunityHealth/SexualHealth/locations.html
Give them a call and they can walk you through the process.
Another service that would be able to assist you is the Albion Centre. This is located in Surry Hills and could assist you to access medication too and also don’t require you to have medicare for them to be able to assist.
There details are here: http://thealbioncentre.org.au/
Both services are safe, friendly and will be able to assist. If you do however need to speak to someone for further assistance a good person to contact is David Crawford at Positive life, his details are:
DavidC@positivelife.org.au & 9206 2177
He will be happy to answer any questions you might have, otherwise the Peer Education team at ACON can also help. Just call 02 9206 2000 and ask to speak to Justin or Lionel from the Peer education team.
Thanks again for your message and we hope to be in touch.
Hi, I am wondering if you support women with HIV, If not, can you help me find an org. that does?
Hi, thanks for your question. Organisations such as pozhet (https://pozhet.org.au/) and Positive Life NSW (https://www.positivelife.org.au/) are two organisations who might be better suiting to providing support for women living with HIV, where as ACON's support resources are more geared towards, gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men who are living with HIV.
Can I still drink alcohol while on my arvs?
Hi, Thanks for your question. Alcohol won’t interfere with your antiretroviral medication. However, consistent heavy drinking can have an impact on a person’s immune system, their liver health or their adherence to medication. For more medical advice or support, we recommend getting in touch with your doctor or health professional.
Can it be cured if found early?
Hi, Thanks for your question. Unfortunately, there is no cure at the moment for HIV. However, advancements in treatment today have meant that people living with HIV can live long and healthy lives. People living with HIV who are on treatment can also reach an undetectable viral load, and if sustained, means that they cannot transmit HIV. You can read more about treatment and UVL here: https://endinghiv.org.au/treat-early/all-about-treatment/
Can i drink alcohol during my treatment oh hiv, and taking art
Many people who are living with HIV enjoy consuming alcohol. That said, this is certainly something you should speak to with the doctor who is providing your treatment. HIV medication can have an impact on some people’s livers in which case consuming alcohol would likely be advised in small amounts or not at all. This of course is highly individualistic and something that only your doctor can give you concrete feedback on.
Hello. I've been diagnosed HIV positive 8 months ago, at that moment my viral load was more than 7 million copies/ml so I immediately started an ART (Truvada and Tivicay) and to make it short i share with you my VL results that I had until now:
Jul 2018: 7,7 million copies/ml
Aug 2018: 522 copies/ml
Nov 2018: 152 copies/ml
Jan 2019: 285 copies/ml (blip)
Feb 2019: 115 copies/ml
Apr 2019: 102 copies/ml
My question here is, why after 8 months of ART and good adherence to it I can't still reach an undetectable level (20-40 copies/ml)? Thanks in advance for your help.
Hi, congratulations on your progress in achieving a suppressed viral load. We understand that this process can be really difficult, but you are on the right track and doing really well. The reductions you have had is a huge achievement. The best thing to do would be to talk to your doctor as they will be able to give you really specific advice as it pertains to your situation.
Can a Hiv pos person with uvl be infected by a person who is/ may be hiv pos but not on treatment?
Hi, thank you for your question. If you have an undetectable viral load you should be protected by your antiretroviral medication from acquiring another strain of HIV. We would strongly recommend that you also have a chat with the medical professional that prescribes your antiretroviral medication, as they will be able to give you a more detailed response. Lastly, we would encourage your friend to start antiretroviral treatment as soon as possible. HIV treatment keeps your immune system healthy and reduces the risk of developing health conditions associated with HIV.
My partner and i have traveled to Indonesia from Darwin Australia., as we had to come to a funeral. My partner has just been diagnosed with HIV and has just started taking medication, but he did not bring enough with him. Can we get some more medication in Bali.
Hi, We are sorry to hear about your stressful experience overseas. Ending HIV is a platform funded to do work in NSW, so we don’t have the expertise to advise on obtaining treatment in Bali. I would recommend doing a Google search on HIV treatment or HIV organisations in your local area to start. Good luck!