Monday, 27 August 2012

PEYSBUK!

Layk Kita.

Layk Mo Ako.

Mag Laykan Tayo!



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ako si BONG

 

Friday, 24 August 2012

ANG AKING CD4 CHART!

Click Chart for LARGER VIEW

kakabalik ko lang from RITM ALABANG, while i was totally scared that my CD4 have dropped, i was totally amazed that in fact it has increased to  499.  no meds. no nothing,

after hearing about it, a PLHIV friend texted:

L: Wow congrats, ano secreto mo?
Bong:  Lot's of safe sex! hahaha!
L: hahaha. adik!
Bong: seriously, i live my life like i don't have it.
L: haha, nice.

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let me explain that further... syempre hindi naman totally like normal life... of course as much as possible i eat healthy na rin and watch what i eat. kung di man makatulog on time, i make sure i sleep 8 hours a day.  minsan stressful pa rin ang trabaho ko, madalas pala... but what i can proudly say that i've been very 'positive' sa pananaw ko sa buhay that sometimes pati ako nagugulat (eversince naman ganun na ako, mas lalo pa ngayon), like nung HABAGAT, bumabaha na lahat, i still felt okay, habang nagkakagulo at nadedepress at nagpapanick na ang lahat. i was so calm and relaxed, naglulutangan na ang mga gamit ko sa tubig, i was sooo cool about it, nasa isip ko lang nun i have to stay "positive and cheerful" and so i did.  minsan nagugulat talaga ako sa sarili ko, immune na yata ako sa negative energy.

minsan lang talaga nagwoworry din ako (konti lang) lalo na kapag nagkakasakit ako --- like 1 month ago nagkatrangkaso ako, high fever at sakit ng katawan, 1 week ako house arrest, gumaling ako sa co-amoxiclab --- tapos this week konting ubo at sipon, under antibiotics ulit ako.... eh hindi naman ako sanay sa ganito na nagkakasakit kasi for 30 more years hindi naman ako nagkakalagnat nor sipon talaga, kaya syempre nagwoworry din ako ng konti - baka bumababa na cd4 count ko.  nung nagpatest nga ako nung isang araw eh ready na ako sa sarili ko na magsimula ng gamot (ARV) kung talagang bababa ang count ko -

pero ayun nga tumataas pa --- swerte lang siguro ako --- sabi ni doc baka member ako ng mga taong hindi talaga masyado naaapektuhan ng HIV (magdilang anghel ka sana doc) kasi considering na walang meds, eh tumataas pa rin ang CD4 ko at perfect pa rin lahat ng mga baseline laboratory results ko.  sabi rin ni doc, ang mga trangkaso at sipon ay normal lang na occurance kahit sa mga healthy na tao lalo na sa panahon ngayon na tag ulan -so i dont have to worry about it. ang importante daw at kumonsulta agad sa duktor everytime may karamdaman para magamot kaagad.

kaya ngayon happy ako, im on the right track, sana eh tuloy tuloy na.

btw. everytime i visit RITM Alabang, maraming revelations, syempre di maiiwasan makasalamuha ang mga pasyente dun, lagi ako may nakikitang malapit na kaibigan, so ayun nakakaron na ng disclosure na di inaasahan.  para sa akin okay lang masaya nga...

"ay ikaw din!!!"

tapos ayun chikahan na

ansaya


ito ang aking diary
ako si BONG


..... and yes, i do have lots of safe SEX (hahaha), i dont want to go into details pero masaya ako, super saya, medyo salat sa salapi pero dinadagsa ng pagmamahal!

INFO ON TREATMENT CARE & SUPPORT!


yan nag-positve ka na --- pano ka na ngayon???

MUST READ!
I SAW THIS FROM JAKE  (http://www.jakepositive.blogspot.com)
SOME VERY HELPFUL INFO FOR PLHIVs


HIV and AIDS Treatment Care and Support in The Philippines
                               

Upon diagnosis of a person as HIV + he/she needs to prioritize and secure these important things to ensure that he/she is able to access proper treatment and support.

1. Secure copy of your Confirmatory/Western Blot Test and present it to a Doctor preferably an Infectious Disease Doctor. He is the right Doctor that could help you and plan out your treatment. If you don't know any then ask for someone in a healthcare facility that you trust that could direct you to one.

2. Secure and Pay your PhilHealth membership. A Person Living with HIV here in the Philippines is entitled access of the OHAT (Outpatient HIV and AIDS Treatment) Package given by PhilHealth all you need to do is to pay your PhilHealth membership fees on time.

     In support of the United Nation's Millennium Development Goal Number 6 to halt or
     reverse the incidence of Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV)/Acquired Immune
     Deficiency Virus (AIDS) by 2015, PhilHealth through Board Resolution No. 1331, series of
     2009 has approved die implementation of an outpatient HIV/AIDS treatment package. This
     benefit aims to increase the proportion of the population having access to effective
     HIV/AIDS treatment and patient education measures.

      A. General Rules

          1.The Outpatient HIV/AIDS Treatment (OHAT) Package will be paid through a case
          payment scheme. Annual reimbursement is set at 30,000 pesos per year.

          2.Only confirmed HIV/AIDS cases requiring treatment shall be covered by the package.

          3.Package shall be based on Department of Health (DOH) guidelines on anti-retro viral therapy
          among adults and adolescents with human immunodeficiency virus infection. All
          treatment hubs in accredited facilities are required to follow the guidelines set by the DOH.

     B. Specific Rules

          1.Covered items under this benefit are drugs and medicines, laboratory examinations including Cluster
          Difference 4 (CD4) level determination test and test for monitoring of anti-retro viral drugs (ARA7)
          toxicity and professional fees of providers

          2.The package will be released in four (4) quarterly payments; each sub-package is worth 7,500
          pesos payable to the recognized treatment hub of accredited facilities. A maximum of four (4)
          treatment sub-packages per year may be claimed by the treatment hub.

          3.Each quarterly claim is covered by the rule on single period of confinement computed from die date
          of consultation. Any additional claims filed within this same period for the same reason will be denied.

          4.Only die actual quarters wherein services were provided in a year will be reimbursed.

         5.Each quarterly claim shall be charged one (1) day against the 45-day annual limit or a sum of 4 days
         per year.
         6.In cases of transfer from one treatment hub to another, PhilHealth will still reimburse provided:

               a.The facility that the patient was transferred to is also PhilHealth accredited.

               b.A referral letter from the referring facility to the receiving facility is accomplished.

               c. The Corporation will reimburse the facility prior to the transfer .



3. Baseline tests such as CD4, Viral Load, Blood Chemistry and other tests requested by the doctor are the most crucial tests of all because this will be recorded and will be a basis to your future tests result in order to know the disease progression.

          CD4 (Cluster Difference 4)

          Usually, the CD4 test is used to determine when a person should start treatment.
       
          HIV attacks a type of immune system cell called the T-helper cell. The T-helper cell plays an essential
          part in the immune system by helping to co-ordinate all the other cells to fight illnesses. HIV damages
          and destroys T-helper cells; as a result, there are fewer cells available to help the immune system. A
          major reduction in the number of T-helper cells can have a serious effect on the immune system.

         A CD4 test measures the number of T-helper cells (in a cubic millimetre of blood) which is known as
         a CD4 count. Someone who is not infected with HIV normally has between 500 and 1200cells/mm3.
         In a person infected with HIV, the CD4 count often declines over a number of years. HIV drug
         treatment is generally recommended when the CD4 test shows fewer than 350 cells/mm3. World
         Health Organization (WHO) 2010 guidelines recommend starting treatment for all patients with CD4
         counts of less than 350 cells/mm3 in all countries. Although most resource-limited countries aim to
         follow these guidelines, a number still observe the WHO's 2006 guidelines, which recommend starting
         treatment at less than 200 cells/mm3.

        Some countries may have treatment guidelines which differ from WHO recommendations.
        For example, although USA treatment guidelines state that treatment should be initiated in all patients
        with a CD4 count less than 350 cells/mm3 they also recommend treatment for patients with a CD4
        count between 350 and 500 cells/mm3.

        If there are complications, such as if the patient has hepatitis B, an AIDS-defining illness or is pregnant,
        guidelines usually recommend that treatment is started earlier.



        VIRAL LOAD (VL)

        Viral load refers to the amount of HIV in the blood. If the viral load is high, T-helper cells tend to be
        destroyed more quickly. Therefore, the aim of antiretroviral treatment is to keep the viral load as low
        as possible.

        In places where it is available, a viral load test is carried out shortly after antiretroviral treatment is
        started. If the treatment is working effectively, the viral load will drop to the undetectable level – below
        50 copies/ml. Ideally this will happen within 24 weeks of starting treatment, but for some it can take
        3 to 6 months. On the other hand, some people never reach undetectable.

        Viral load tests are then carried out every few months. As some viral load tests can produce slightly  
        different results on the same sample of blood, the results are monitored over a period of time.


        FOR MORE INFORMATION ON THESE, PLEASE CONSULT YOUR DOCTOR.


4. Plan out your Healthy Lifestyle. Proper Diet, Exercise, 8hours of Sleep, etc. and an Optimistic Outlook in life would really help you to improve your immune system. Also having diversion techniques to avoid Stress and Depression will also help improve your immune System as well.

5.  Look for a SUPPORT GROUP. Weather disclosing to a person whom you can trust, it could be a member of the family or a close friend. It is best if you look for a Support Group for PLHIV nearest to your area. HIV Support Groups are brought up to help us and to provide us the over-all support that we need.

List of Support Groups

The Positive Action Foundation Philippines Incorporated, better known as PAFPI, is an organization that is devoted into helping those Person Living With HIV/AIDS (PLWHAs) and their families in coping with their situation involving the HIV/AIDS virus. PAFPI was formed in 1998 by persons living with HIV and AIDS and uninfected persons with a view to empower persons with HIV and AIDS and their families to live a normal, happy and productive life in the mainstream of supported society.

Pinoy Plus Association is the pioneer organization of PLHIV in the Philippines. It is a support group dedicated to the welfare of PLHIV in the country.
Pinoy Plus as an organized community of positive individuals, answering to the needs of peer HIV positive is the pioneer national organization of Filipinos living with HIV and AIDS in the country. Fighting for the rights of positive individuals. PPA are now in the forefront of further enriching the organization, documenting violations, evaluating access to every available services including all kinds of treatment, care and support. Gone beyond Metro Manila, creating chapters all over the country to address the needs and offer support to individuals in need either directly or indirectly affected by the epidemic. They have learned to teach one another on how to live with HIV and how to fight for their rights.

Babae Plus, the first and only existing support group of women living with HIV in the Philippines was established in 2004. Their vision is to create An Independent Lead Organization of Empowered and Supportive Women Living with HIV/AIDS.

Cavite Support Group

Cebuplus Association, Inc. (CPAI) is a non-profit, non business oriented support group run and organized by concerned individuals in Cebu to help, educate and support the people living with HIV/AIDS(PLHA), their affected families (AF) and significant others (SO).

CPAI envision greater and meaningful engagement of people living with HIV, their affected families and significant others towards improving wellness and quality of life in a supportive environment.

CPAI aim to be an independent, sustainable organization that contributes to gender and age responsive, universal access to positive prevention, treatment, care and support through enhanced multi-level, multi-sectored and culturally competent partnership and programs.

CORE VALUES:
S - Service
P - Passion for People
I - Integrity
R - Respect
I - Innovation
T - Teamwork


United Western Visayas Incorporated (UWVI), is a community-based group (CBG) of people living with HIV based in Iloilo and operating in Panay and Guimaras areas with Ilonggo members across the country. The organization is active in both prevention of HIV and promotion of treatment and care among its members who are HIV positive as well as affected families. It strives to address stigma and discrimination in order to
build confidence among the newly diagnosed to access services at the local treatment hub based in the Western Visayas Medical Center.
The growing number of PLHIV in the region is driven by the large number of OFWs particularly seafarers in the region which host the highest number of Maritime Schools in the country and the flourishing – yet hidden sex industry and trafficking enroute the striving nautical highway as entry and exist points for the tourism super region in the Philippines.

The organization has a rich history since its inception in 2005 during the global fund round 5 project. The strong membership and advocacy of the group has helped the Western Visayas Medical Center to have its own CD4 machine, the first outside Manila and a half-way house based in Santa Barbara in Iloilo

Crossbreeds, Inc.

Vida Vivo Zamboanga 

Mindanao Advocates


If you want to know more about the support groups please do contact me for further info. jakepositive@gmail.com www.facebook.com/jakepositive 09278230300 09323298893

jake's source: http://www.avert.org/antiretroviral.htm

Saturday, 18 August 2012

SINO ANG NAKAHAWA SA IYO?




You know Bong, if you have noticed most of the HIV cases in PH, they hardly know where they got it. Very seldom that someone can recall or traced it back from its "ORIGIN".I know for a fact that it will not changed a thing if you have the virus already but then isnt it make you feel better if you know who passed it!

from HIVSLASHAIDS
http://hivslashaids.blogspot.com/

HELLO HIVSLASHAIDS,

totoo, kahit ako, i cannot exactly pinpoint who is the culprit in my case... alam mo kung bakit? kasi mahirap naman talagang malaman kung sino --- unless isa lang ang nakasex (unsafe) mo sa buong buhay mo, or kapag once every 6 months ka lang nakikipagsex at within that period eh magpapaHIV test ka, siguro kapag ganun ang case mo mapipinpoint mo...

it is a FACT na even if you have unsafe sex sa isang PLHIV, may chance pa rin na hindi ka mahahawahan --- hindi automatic na mahahawahan ka agad, may chances pa rin na hindi... maraming factors ang dapat iconsider.   ang sabi pa nga ng ibang studies eh mahirap naman daw talaga na maikalat ang HIV, marami lang talagang mga tao ang nagiging mapangahas pagdating sa sex.

so ano yun iisa isahin mo ang mga nakasex mo? pipilitin mo magpatest kung ayaw umamin or kung hindi nila alam? (thats against the law to make-pilit magpatest anybody) tapos kung nag positive nga sila, pano mo mapapatunayan na sya ang nakahawa sa iyo at hindi ikaw ang nakahawa sa kanya?  so you have to consider time differences, kelan ka nahawahan? kelan ka nagpatest? kelan sila nahawaan? kelan sila nagpatest?  ---  eh kung magnegative yung pinagdududahan mo, e di ikaw naman ang babalikan nya, bakit mo siya inilagay sa risk of infection, ikaw naman hahabulin.  walang katapusan na counterchecking baka makagawa ka na ng family tree ng HIV sa Pilipinas.  gugulo lang ang buhay mo.

sa aking palagay mas makabubuting wag na lang malaman (irrelevant na yung issue), kasi una mahirap maghinala at mahirap magprove ang ebidensya, unless 100 percent sure ka nga, solid facts ang kailangan.  at para anu pa? it wouldnt make any difference at all. isa pang pagsisimulan ito ng galit, kung malalaman ko kung sino, baka hindi natin maiwasan na magtanim ng galit sa taong me kasalanan, most of the cases naman eh hindi rin nila sinasadya ang pangyayari.

negative energies ang mga yun, wala na akong panahon sa ganun, i just wanna live a healthy and positive life, anything i do that does not make me productive and will not lengthen my life is a WASTE of TIME - so why bother? ;)

para sa akin, ang katotohanan, kasalanan ko rin ito, nagpabaya ako, tinatanggap ko ng 100% ang responsibilidad na ito, wala akong sinisisi at itinuturo...

sana lahat tayo ganun.

ito ang aking diary

ako si BONG

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

SI AMBER

Hi Bong


Im Amber,Lagi kong binabasa ang story dito.Dito ako nagkaroon ng lakas ng loob para magpatest,Isang taon nakong gustong gusto magpa-test pero sobrang takot ako at nahihiya at hindi ako handa na tanggapin kung Positive man ako.. 

My 2years live in Partner turns out na marami pala syang kinakasiping nalaman ko lang nung pahuli na namay isa pala syang YAHOO at dun sya nakikipagchat sa mga babaeng nakakasiping nia pinag-uusapan pa nila how they did it, 

Nakapaghiwalay ako agad, 1.5 years na ang nakakalipas since huli kaming nagsiping and he never used condom.Palagi akong nag-aalala na baka may HIV ako..Sobrang paranoid ko na.. Finally yesterday nagkaroon din ako ng lakas ng loob makapag pa test sa MAKATI SOCIAL HYGIENE and it turns out "REACTIVE" Sa mga pagkakataong yun hindi ako makapaniwala na sinasabi ng Nurse sakin na "REACTIVE daw" Hindi ako makatayo nanginginig ang mga tuhod ko..Sabi nia hintayin ko daw yung Confirmatory test after 2-3 weeks.

Kapag "REACTIVE ba means malaki ang chance na Positive ???I dont feel sick wala akong symptoms na nararamdaman walang rash or lymph nodes,,wala ring LBM akong nararanasan hindi ko matanggap na REACTIVE yung results pinapaniwala ko pa rin sarili na magiging Negative yung Confirmatory.Gulong gulo ako hindi ko alam ang gagawin ko.Di ko alam kung sino ang kakausapin ko.
Salamat at Pasensya kana ang haba na ng message ko 

Amber



Hello Amber,

Masaya ako at malungkot.

Masaya dahil kahit papaano, ang aking blog ang naging daan para magkaroon ka ng lakas ng loob para tanggapin sa iyong sarili na maaaring nagkaroon ka ng RISK sa HIV, at lakas ng loob to take the first step and had yourself tested.  Sana sa proseso ay mas naliwanagan ka na kung ano ang katotohanan ng HIV at AIDS.  

Malungkot dahil hindi naging maganda ang resulta ng screening test mo sa Makati. Totoo na mahirap ang sitwasyon mo ngayon lalo na at naghihintay ka ng CONFIRMATORY TEST mo, marami sa mga kakilala ko ang ganun din at gulong gulo ang isip during that time.  Para sagutin ang iyong tanung, because our screening tests now have greatly improved through the years there is only a very slim chance that you can turn out NEGATIVE on your confirmatory tests.  There is but its really very very rare - that I would not want you to bank on it and get disappointed again after a few weeks.  (some might not agree with me, let me tell you why this is my view)

Naalala ko pa nung nakuha ko na ang result ng confirmatory test ko  -----

JULY 2, 2011 “ REVELATIONS --- habang pasakay na kami ng kotse wala na kong ibang nasabi kungdi “sinabi ko na sa inyo guys eh” . pagkaupo, hinagilap nila ang aking kamay at mariing pinisil.  nagsimulang tahimik ang aming biyahe pabalik sa coffee shop na pinag almusalan naming.  maya maya ay nagsimula na naman ang diskusyon ukol na potensyal na magnegative pa ang confirmatory test na gagawin.  may suhestiyon si jimboy na kumuha ng panibagong rapid HIV testing sa isang pribadong clinic na malapit sa lugar naming “just to reconfirm the initial findings” sabi nya. hindi na ako  pumayag.  ang sa akin lang, kahapon ko pa natanggap na malaki ang potensyal na maging positive ako, mahirap mang isipin, hindi pa ako umiiyak at wala akong nararamdamang kailangan kong umiyak dahil sa mga pangyayaring ito.  gusto ko lang magsimula na agad na harapin ang kalagayan ko, ayoko ng bigyan pa ng false-hope ang aking sarili sa isang bagay na alam ko naman na maliit na lang ang potensyal na mangyari.  kung kailangan tanggapin na ngayon, tanggapin na lang. oo maghihintay pa ako ng 2 linggo pero ang alam ko sa ngayon POSITIVE ako. yun ang totoo, anu ang gagawin ko mula sa araw na ito. naintindihan nina jamil ay jimboy ang punto ko at tinaggap na rin nila ang aking argumento. ---
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Amber, I sincerely hope that your case can be part of that rare cases where the confirmatory tests will reveal negative results.  Pero sa ngayon mas magiging mas advantageous para sa iyo na tanggapin na lang kaagad ang resulta at magsimula sa panibagong buhay na kailangan mong harapin (tulad ng ginawa ko) ng sa gayun ay mabawasan na  ng pag aalala at lalong depresyon sa buhayh mo ngayon.  Kung sakaling maging maswerte ka sa confirmatory result mo, then we can celebrate and treat it as a  bonus. Kung hindi naman at talagang POSITIVE ka na eh maaga pa lang ay nakapag move on ka na and you start taking care of yourself (at hindi na nasayang ang 2 buwan sa pagaalala at mga negative thoughts).  Dapat mong tandaan na sa iyong kalagayan ngayon, the last thing you need to to feel depress and feel bad.  Andyan na yan at di na natin mababago ang nakaraan.  The more you spend time getting depressed and “feel negative” about the situation, it will further take its toll on your immune system and your health.  

Napakadaling sabihin pero sobrang hirap gawin, may ilang tao akong kilala na it took months and sometimes even years before they were able to move on with their life and start feeling good about themselves again.  Ako it took me 1 day of sadness and feeling ”lost” after which nakamove on na ako agad.  Alam mo kung bakit??? Dahil sa simula pa lang ay educated na ako about HIV and AIDS, malawak na ang kaalamam ko sa isyung ito, PLUS sadyang  masayahin at “positive thinker” lang talaga akong tao, I always look at the positive side of things, marami na akong napagdaanang bagay sa buhay ko and nothing can pull me down, not even HIV.  Hiling ko ay sana ay maging madali para sa iyo na maka move on.

Base sa mga bagong diagnosed na nakasalamuha ko, kahit pala dumaan naman sila na proper POST TEST COUNSELNG, pero dahil nga sa biglang masamang balita ay tila wala silang naintindihan at maalala sa mga sinabi ng COUNSELR after nilang malaman ang resulta.  Normal ito na nasa state of shock tayo at kahit nai explain na sa atin ang mga dapat gawin, ay tila confused na confused pa rin tayo.  Dahil siguro hindi natin nasabi or naisip agad ang mga sitwaysyon na kinalalagyan natin at hindi ito direktang nasagot ng counselor. (paano ako? Paano ang anak ko? Paano ang trabaho ko? Paano wala akong pera? At marami pang iba) .  

Kaya inirerekumenda ko na 

1. after a few days at mas malinaw na ang iyong pagiisip, ay makipagusap ulit sa iyong counselor, o kaya sa isang counselor na PLHIV (people living with HIV) din kung saan mas mailalatag mo ang iyong mga katanungan at kalituhan para masagot isa isa.   Hanggat hindi mo ito nagagawa ay hindi mawawala ang iyong pag ka “lost” sa sitwasyon mo. 

2. kung ayaw mong makipag usap, pwede ka ring magresearch – may kumpletong impormasyon tungkol sa NEWLY DIAGNOSED sa www.thebody.com, halos lahat ng tanung natin nasagot na nila you can go directly here --- http://www.thebody.com/content/49985/just-diagnosed-with-hiv-aids.html?ic=3001 --- maari lang may ibang detalye na hindi angkop sa sitwasyon natin sa pilipinas kaya para sa akin mas mahalaga pa rin na makipag usap o magtanung ng personal na isang tao na nakakaalam tungkol dito, a PLHIV na Counselor or just plain PLHIV.

3. Research and educate yourself completely on HIV & AIDS (same website).

4. Start living a Healthy Life. (which is the way it should be PLHIV or not)

5. Consider having a PLHIV Support Group (BABAE PLUS, PINOY PLUS, CEBU PLUS, PAFPI etc..) kasi sila ang magiging katuwang mo sa lahat ng iyong katanungan. Sobrang dami ring anonymous PLHIV Twitter users, if you want to belong but still keep your identity anonymous and share your story - there is a lot to learn from our PLHIV colleagues and to know that there are hundreds and thousands of us out there is PRICELESS.   I can introduce you to them, tweet me at --- ako_si_BONG

6. Consider disclosure to key people. importante ito pero hindi naman requirement.

7. Have you Philhealth documents ready.  malaki ang maitutulong nito sa ating bagong buhay. kung wala ka pa, make sure you enroll immediately.

8. Seek medical attention and follow the crucial next steps after you receive your Confirmatory Results.  – CHOOSING & REFERRAL TO TREATMENT HUB – BASELINE LABORATORY TESTS – QUARTERLY OR BI-ANNUAL CHECK UP WITH AN HIV DOCTOR.

9. Most importantly Love Yourself above all. 

EMBRACE POSITIVITY:

a. You took the test and now you know your status, you can finally stop wondering and start to move on --- this is good!

b. Mukhang just a few years lang yung risky sex relationship mo, means a few years lang din nung ma acquire mo ito… meaning there is still a plenty of time to move and seek proper  medical attention…. Some people took 5 to 10 years to find out their status, and sometimes its already too late for them.

c. You are perfecty healthy at wala kang anumang sakit.  Meaning wala pang kahit anung opportunistic infections.  This is great, more good news.  --- dipende sa tao at sa kanilang immune system, a person can last 2 to 10 years without any signs and symptoms before they realize that they are infected --- PLUS chances of living a productive life dramatically increases with proper ARV treamments which is now available for you (30 to 40 years is no longer rare for PLHIV).  This is GREAT.

d. Di ito cancer, walang taning ang buhay natin.  Masuwerte pa rin tayo.   

Focus lang ang kailangan, presence of mind at ilang taong iyong masasandalan.  Step by step. You can surpass all these.

AMBER, i give you a “Virtual HUG” – know that  its not the end of the world and we will be here for you, all you have to do is ask.


ito ang aking diary

ako si BONG

email: playingpositive@gmail.com

twitter: ako_si_BONG






Thursday, 2 August 2012

SI ANDREW FROM MINDANAO

Hello bong 


I'm andrew... For the past six years jan ako sa manila nagtatatrabaho. Naging sexually active ako at hindi safe sex yung practice ko. Sa ngayon dito na ako sa mindanao. May boyfriend ako taga jan sa manila, pero sigurado ako na safe sya sa hiv kasi bago nya ako nakilala he's not into men talaga. Nagkikita naman kami minsan pag nagbabasyon kami at minsan pumupunta sya dito. Pagnagsesex kami oral sex lang, as in ako lang yung magtatatrabaho. Ayaw nya rin yung anal sex at never nagyari sa amin yun. Pero twice nangyari na pinutok ko yung semen ko sa ari nya at ginawa ko itong lubricant habang inistroke ko yung ari nya gang labasan siya. Kunyari positive ako posible bang mahawa siya dahil sa ginawa kong yun? Sana may time ka sagutin itong tanong ko. Natatakot kasi ako para sa kanya. Takot din ako magpatest at hindi pa ready. Siguro darating din ang time na lumakas loob koagpatest. Basta ang lage ko lang pinagdarasal na kung may sakit man ako sa akin nalang ito. 


Maraming salamat sayo bong at more power sa blog mo God BLess us all!


Andrew


hello andrew,



let me comment/answer point by point:


Naging sexually active ako at hindi safe sex yung practice ko. --- UNSAFE SEX MEANS RISK FOR HIV, YOU SHOULD GET YOURSELF TESTED.


pero sigurado ako na safe sya sa hiv kasi bago nya ako nakilala he's not into men talaga --- HINDI IBIG SABIHIN NA HINDI SYA MAHILIG LALAKI (OR MAYBE STR8 SYA) AY HINDI NA SYA MAGKAKA HIV, HIV CAN ALSO BE TRANSFERRED SA HETEROSEXUAL ENCOUNTER, ANG TANUNG EH DOES HE PRACTICE SAFE SEX SA MGA PREVIOUS SEX ENCOUNTERS NYA WHETHER MALE OR FEMALE, IF NOT SAFE THEN HE HAS TO GET TESTED TOO.


Pagnagsesex kami oral sex lang, as in ako lang yung magtatatrabaho. Ayaw nya rin yung anal sex at never nagyari sa amin yun. --- ORAL SEX IS RELATIVELY SAFE PROVIDED WALANG SUGAT SA BIBIG MO AND AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE ALWAYS SPIT THE SEMEN OR WAG MAGPAPALABAS SA BIBIG.   


Pero twice nangyari na pinutok ko yung semen ko sa ari nya at ginawa ko itong lubricant habang inistroke ko yung ari nya gang labasan siya. --- ALTHOUGH THE URETHRA IS LINED BY MUCOUS MEMBRANE, TECHNICALLY THERE IS RISK OF TRANSFER, PROVIDED YOU HAVE HIV AND MAYBE AN OPEN WOUND SA DICK NYA, BUT THE CHANCES OF HIM GETTING IT IS VERY SLIM BECAUSE HIV IN THE SEMEN MAY NOT BE SUFFICIENT AND THE VIRUS MIGHT NOT SURVIVE THE CONDITION ITS IN (EXPOSURE TO AIR)... VERY VERY SLIM CHANCE, IF NOT ZERO.  BUT IT WOULDN'T HURT KUNG MAGPAPATEST KAYO. ;)


Takot din ako magpatest at hindi pa ready. Siguro darating din ang time na lumakas loob ko magpatest. Basta ang lage ko lang pinagdarasal na kung may sakit man ako sa akin nalang ito. --- PINAKAMAHIRAP TALAGA YUNG FIRST STEP AND I UNDERSTAND YOUR FEARFUL SITUATION COMPLETELY, PAALALA KO LANG SA YO, YUNG TESTING CAN BE STEP 2, RIGHT NOW THE MOST IMPORTANT THING FOR YOU IS TO GET EDUCATED ABOUT HIV, THAT SHOULD BE YOUR FIRST STEP (MAS MADALI) SO YOU GET TO KNOW UPDATED INFORMATION ABOUT HIV AND STILL ENJOY SEX WITHOUT PUTTING YOURSELF AT RISK - IF YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO ATTEND ANY HIV 101 LECTURE, PLEASE DONT HESITATE TO ATTEND.  KASI USUALLY NATATAKOT TAYO SA MGA BAGAY NA HINDI NATIN ALAM. I WILL BE QUITE SURE THAT ONCE EDUCATED YOUR VIEWS ON HIV WILL DRAMATICALLY CHANGE FOR THE BETTER. HINDI ITO DAPAT KATAKUTAN AT HINDI ITO KATAPUSAN NG MUNDO, THERE WILL BE NO REASON FOR YOUR TO KEEP IT TO YOURSELF WHILE WITH PROPER MEDICAL ATTENTION YOU CAN STILL LIVE A FULL LIFE.  SANA AT LEAST TAKE THE FIRST STEP VERY SOON.  HELP YOURSELF. LOVE YOURSELF.


salamat sa iyong pagsulat andrew,


ako si BONG

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PLHIVs --- OUR HELP IS NEEDED BADLY!



di ba matagal na tayong nagtatanung ngayon PLHIV (People Living with HIV) na tayo, kung may magagawa pa tayo, kung may maitutulong pa tayo? without divulging our identity to the general public???


this is the opportunity, kaya sign up na kayo, most especially for US who are active online in the different social media anonymously -- marami tayong maaaring itulong, all we need is proper training, i am sure maraming lumalapit sa atin online para magtanung, mahirap sumagot pag hindi tayo sigurado, hindi natin alam kung saan irereffer --- this training will answer all these issues and we can finally be confident in helping others, and know that our efforts are making our community safer and more aware.


sana ay makasama namin kayo dito...


ako si BONG
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Peer Educators Training for PLHIV


CALL FOR APPLICATION


The Department of Health, through the National AIDS STI Prevention and Control Program (NASPCP) under the Infectious Disease Office (IDO) of the National Center for Disease Prevention and Control (NCDPC), invites applicants for the TRAINING ON PEER EDUCATION FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH HIV (PLHIV) on September 2012. This training aims to: (1) capacitate PLHIV to become peer educators; and (2) provide support services and continuum of care to PLHIV through the formation of a support group. Details of the training will be sent to the qualified applicants.


To qualify, he/she must:
1. be a PLHIV
2. be empowered and actively involved in support groups or care and support organization
3. have at least one year experience/involvement in providing care and support services to PLHIV
4. have good writing / speaking skills
5. be capable of preparing client profile and narrative report of client intervention
6. have undergone training on Sex, Gender and Sexuality
7. be articulate in Tagalog and English (or local dialect)
8. have a spirit of volunteerism


Requirements:
1. Application letter addressed to NCDPC-NASPCP
2. Essay on unforgettable experience(s) as a peer educator. State issues and how these were addressed.
3. Separate Recommendation/Endorsement from the Superior / Head of Organization and Two (2) peers/colleagues
4. Supporting documents for training attended
Considerations for Selection of Applicants:


Knowledge:
Basic Course on General Counseling
Updated on programs implemented by national government and NGOs
aware of referral mechanism
Has basic knowledge on HIV and STI, ART, RA 8504,TCS services
Must be familiar with human anatomy
has undergone formal training on peer education and group facilitation




Skills:
Capable of preparing client profile and activity report
Articulate in Tagalog and English (or local dialect)




Atttitude:
Sensitive, emphatic, open-minded, good listener, good communicator, trustworthy
Committed to serve peers on a voluntary basis








Interested applicants must submit all documents on or before Friday, August 17, 2012 to:
Peer Education for PLHIV Training Secretariat
National AIDS STI Prevention and Control Program (NASPCP)
3rd Floor, Bldg. 14
Department of Health
San Lazaro Compound
Sta. Cruz, Manila


For further details, please contact NASPCP at (632) 495-0149 or email 


naspcp@yahoo.com