Positive Pinoy: my personal journey with HIV.

I was diagnosed last March 29, 2012 in a time that I was supposed to leave the country in a couple more weeks. I had my medical exam, and the result returned POSITIVE. From then on, my journey with HIV began.

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What's New?: gateway to useful links on local and international news and updates about HIV.

A summary collection of medical articles, research news, and science breakthroughs on HIV/AIDS, STIs, and other related diseases.

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HIV 101: Basic information for the newly-diagnosed.

Understand the basics, know the facts, and take care of yourself. This section contains basic information about HIV/AIDS.

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Social Media: going viral against HIV/AIDS and other STIs.

The entrance of social media in spreading awareness about HIV/AIDS has gone viral. Famous personalities and the common man alike showed their support not just to HIV education but also with regards to the lives and struggles of the LGBT community.

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Health Events: listing of wellness and advocacy events for HIV-positive individuals and friends.

This section contains a summary listing of knowledge-sharing events on HIV, mass HIV testing, and other wellness events that will strengthen the overall health of HIV-positive individuals.

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21) Bawal ang Pasaway: Positibo --- Usapang HIV/AIDS sa Pilipinas

For those who missed the episode of Bawal ang Pasaway last Wednesday, August 22 (I did, unfortunately), I attached here a segment of the episode which I found at the website of GMA. The guests of Prof. Solita Monsod include Wanggo Gallaga, HIV positive and writer for the Philippine Star, and Philip Castro, program officer of the United Nations Development Program.

Mareng Winnie: "You know na ikaw ay kandidato for AIDS only because you know your own sexual behavior."

Personal Note:

I always feel sad every time I see interviews about HIV such as this one. Mareng Winnie even said, "How can someone as intelligent and as knowledgeable as Wanggo contract AIDS?"

In my family, humility aside, I am considered the brightest among the children, having graduated with two courses, and two professional licenses under my name. I even worked for big companies. Those were the proud moments of my mother. Now that I have HIV, and I haven't disclosed my status to any family member or even to my friends, I just can't imagine what their reactions will be. I don't even know when the right time is to disclose about my status.

For now, I thank God for my high CD4 that I still do not need to take ARVs. It is just my ardent wish that when the right times comes, I'll be accepted by my family, most especially by my Mom.

Keep safe everyone, and God bless you!