3 December 2007

better later then not at all...

I know that World AIDS day has passed but I was in Sydney seeing a specialist neurologist about my peripheral neuropathy, which was caused by HIV. It seems that in some cases the longer someone has HIV the virus can sometimes damage certain cells and in my case it is the nerve receptors in my feet. I will never be able to fix or cure this problem as it currently stands and the doctor says that unfortunately it will only get worse. After 21 years of living with HIV I thought that I had gotten to a point where I was winning. I have had really bad times and times where I almost died but I fought back and took control. I made sure that HIV did not define my life and that it would be something that is merely part of my life, albeit a constant part of my life. In the end here I am after all of this time and I feel like HIV has kicked me in the head just to remind me that it is still with me and if I want to win I will have to keep fighting. I'm not going to lie, it's a big ask.

Anyway, as a small reminder from the official site for World AIDS Day Australia. I leave you with this:

By 31 December 2006 there were 26,267 diagnoses of HIV infection in Australia. There were 10,125 diagnoses of AIDS and 6,723 deaths following AIDS had occurred. The annual number of new HIV diagnoses in Australia rose from 763 cases in 2000 to 998 in 2006 an increase of 31%.

Something to think about considering that these numbers are from a westernised country and not somewhere in Africa. We are not immune. We are affected and we are responsible for making a difference. I'm just sayin'...

5 comments:

Nathan said...

I'm sorry to hear about your feet. That's too bad. I guess feet are body parts we don't even realize how important they are until they have something wrong in them.

But you keep kicking HIV right back in the head!

Steve said...

You're absolutely correct that we are responsible in making a difference. I hope your feet feel better, soon :)

CJ said...

I hope you get some relief/comfort in some form. I admire your determination and courage.

Ur-spo said...

i am sorry and saddened to hear about the peripheral neuropathy. no fun in that. it does feel awful to think 'you have beaten something' only to have something like this occur.

Positive girl said...

Hope u feel better..