Sebastian, who has been infected with HIV, emphasized the importance of testing. He understands this as responsibility for himself and others. It is also important to raise awareness. "The more information we receive, the less fear is" he is confident and, for example, mentions less well-known fact that a person treated can not endure the virus.
Sebastian, as he says, was diagnosed on the Internet two years ago. He conducted regular HIV testing and the autumn survey was still negative. Then around the new year, due to very high temperatures and fatigue, he visited a personal doctor who discovered he had elevated liver parameters and sent him to the clinic for infectious diseases and fever.
They were tested for both HIV infection and hepatitis C, both of which were positive. If this does not happen at the time of infection, it will probably be the next test in two months after the recommended test schedule. In Legebitra, men who have sex with men are advised to try for three months. As he says, he regularly checked "always head". "Nothing keeps me from getting into testing. To be calm, I understand it as being responsible for myself and others."he said.
The diagnosis shocked him. "I did not expect it, most likely, no one works" it remembers The symptoms at that time are not related to the infection."Then you move on to some stages. First, accept it and say it's not in the world." he pointed out. He is convinced that everything happens for a reason, so he always strives to find a positive side. Now he is working as a consultant to Legebitra, and he also has access to interviews, because he feels sufficiently authorized to speak as a person with a grain. "It's time to tell them a voice" He is sure.
Sexuality is a taboo subject even when talking to a doctor
It started on the diagnostic day, and since then at least two tablets of antibiotics have been taken at the same time every day."It gets into the habit, but I still have an alert, because in this rhythm of life, when you are constantly working, you can quickly forget" he said.
When he started taking medication, he experienced some side effects, such as nausea and fatigue that has passed. During a half-year inspection, the infection clinic examines blood tests and the kidney and liver condition. "If there were any deviations, they would change the therapy" he said.
"I have a very good relationship with my own doctor, as well as with the infectious agent. I also have a personal infectious disease number, and if anything I need something I can always contact him." experience in the healthcare system described in Sebastjan. To get the necessary surgical tooth removal, was ordered as the last one in a row. "It's still stigma, but it's better that under some obsolete protocols you take the last line, not leaving me on the ground for unreasonable reasons." was optimistic.
He estimates that sexuality in a conversation with a personal doctor remains a subject of taboo. "This is a lost opportunity. If you are open to a personal doctor, he can question the symptom and take appropriate action." he stressed.
His mother and friends know about the diagnosis, but also in society."I do not even cover my status. If someone asks me, I also say to him:" he said. In his opinion, in principle, it is known how the disease is transmitted and the lack of awareness that the treated HIV can no longer endure. "It is necessary to believe in science, but not our own prejudices" he also pointed out.