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Hi, im a single 31yr old OR nurse. About 8 months ago, I was stuck in a substerile room with a 18g hollow core needle. Someone had left it at the sink and I did not notice it. It was laying on a... Read More
Jun 16, '01Originally posted by BeachNurse:
<STRONG>I am responding to the post from "hangininthere". First of all, AIDS is something that is diagnosed after a person has had HIV for several years. OR RN could not have had AIDS. And I hate to sound pessimistic, but HIV and AIDS cannot be cured at this time. THERE IS NO CURE FOR HIV AND AIDS. Praying is wonderful, and I love God, but only medication and good health practices can keep this virus at bay. We have had some patients come to our clinic on death's door because they were told by religious leaders that God would "take care of them". Once they started taking meds regularly, they eventually began live full lives, just like person described in the post before me. God made skilled and knowlegeable people who became doctors--and that is the only miracle here.
There are MANY instances when HIV tests have resulted positive initially, and then found to be negative. Sometimes when people have a virus living in their body (ANY virus) it CAN cause the test for HIV to be a false positive. All nurses should take the time to educate themselves about the facts of HIV and AIDS.</STRONG>
Jun 16, '01Wow, you are really offended. I work with the National Institutes of Health and AIDS research, and yes, I do feel like I am knowlegeable. There is much ignorance on this topic, and I would not be a good nurse if I did not educate. Your anger does not deter me from my cause.
[ June 16, 2001: Message edited by: BeachNurse ]
Jun 17, '01"Originally posted by BeachNurse:
I am responding to the post from "hangininthere". First of all, AIDS is something that is diagnosed after a person has had HIV for several years. OR RN could not have had AIDS. And I hate to sound pessimistic, but HIV and AIDS cannot be cured at this time. THERE IS NO CURE FOR HIV AND AIDS"
uh beachnurse, i'm no rocket scientist..nor do I claim to be a spokesperson for infection control, but last time I checked, AIDS was not diagnosed in terms of years with HIV, but rather in terms of lab values.
As for being offended, I don't think anyone intended to imply there is a cure for HIV/AIDS. I think credit was given to God, because He DOES have the cure!
Jun 17, '01The last few posts on this subject are so silly- They seem to stem from the fact that someone made a comment about their believe system. Where I come from it is refered to as a "coping mechanism". When a pt refers to a spiritual matter,we are to foster, support and listen.
The problem appears to be, in this case, that a nurse made a comment that was not true factually........and beach had every right to set the record straight.
So many people do not understand HIV and AIDS, and yes, they are two different processes. The more education on this matter, the better. By the way, the viral load from a needle stick is very low for HIV, and therefore the chances of developing the actual disease are low, however, HEP B is another story. If you haven't got your HEP B shots- get them. THe chances of getting HEP B from a needle stick are much higher than HIV.
Jun 19, '01I don't get Level2Trauma's response either. What's your point? Snarling sarcasm isn't a very flattering quality; indeed it's the internet equivalent of 12-year olds making prank phone calls in the middle of the night, then giggling about it.
Jun 21, '01My father died of aids 8 years ago at the age of 67. He treated his illness as agressivly as he could at the time and still had many "bad times" without his belief in God his life would have been shorter and the "bad times" worse.
Jun 21, '01I just want to let you know I was reading your posts and all of the other posts on all the advice and I was in tears and praying for you the whole time I was reading the posts. Then I got to the last post and you replied saying you had an answer to your prayers. I cried. God is wonderful and has a reason for everything. He has blessed you and also your family.
Jun 27, '01First, I want to thank everyone for their support, prayers and advice. I had a 6 week blood test recently and again, the ELISA came back positive, but this time, the Western Blot came back inconclusive. I was asked to provide another blood sample and missed the phone call today, but the results are in and tomorrow I find out. For 3 weeks I have imagined the worst, prayed to stop worrying and tried to be positive, but tonight, I sit here afraid. I feel that this test will come back positive. I must admit that when HIV was being discussed in nursing school, it was not my top priority. I was more concerned with cardiac and pulmonary topics than HIV. actually, I'm ashamed to say that my knowledge of HIV is poor. I have recently been searching out info on the net to better prepare myself. Tomorrow I will have to call my parents and tell them the results. They have been praying and worrying with me. Being 4, 000 miles away has really made me depend on GOD. He has comforted me and I feel is preparing me for the bad news. I'm not sure of my future work plans. I know that I will no longer travel, and I've been offered a first assisiting job back in TN and with the news of me being infected, I will have to turn it down. I will no longer be able to scrub. I love scrubbing. It has kept me happy, upbeat and I've enjoyed going to work everyday. This will be such a change. I know I'm rattling on, but I'm rather nervous. I will post the test results tomorrow. Until then, Thanks again. God Bless. Rex
Jun 28, '01OR-RN, I am praying for you, too. I hope that your results will bring you good news. However, if you do get bad news, please please begin treatment immediately. The new HIV medications that are available are AMAZING. Being HIV positive does NOT mean you have to develop AIDS!!! This is an important concept to remember, because early treatment is best.
The medications can slow the virus down from replicating. Many people have had viral loads (counts) up to nearly a million, then become undetectable with good adherence to meds.
If your results are positive, it will be utterly devastating to you, for sure. But please do not feel hopeless...with proper care you can lead a very normal (and even healthy) life. Let your faith make you even stronger, but don't ignore the medical treatments that can help save your life.
Take care and all my best wishes to you!