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Saturday, January 29, 2000

I have a question which has been on my mind for a long time. If HIV pos girl fell pregnant would the baby be born with the virus and how long would the baby's life expectancy be.

You didn't send me your e-mail address.. So l can only post the answer here.
Usually this site is not able to answer questions such as yours....for the simple fact that l am not qualified to do so.....but l do have a consultant for this site and he has answered your question.
Carolena Heldrman

The risk of vertical transmission with no intervention is about 25%, however with appropriate drug (antiretroviral) and obstetric management during pregnancy and at the time delivery the risk of vertical transmission can be reduced to close to zero. If the baby is HIV positive than the life expectancy is difficult to predict since we have only had access to highly active antiretroviral therapy for a few years. However the children on therapy are doing very well.
Professor Steve Wesselingh
Infectious Diseases Unit
The Alfred Hospital

Wednesday, February 2, 2000

Well, I'm only 15 and I'm not HIV positive. I just wanted to say that I feel very sad when I see all this people die. In my country we talk so little about AIDS. I don't know how it feels to be ill but there is always hope. My people are quite poor but we are strongly trying to find cure. At this moment I'm writing essay on HIV and AIDS and trying to find a solution. I'm going to go soon on medical university and probably end up as doctor. That would be great because then I could have money to find cure. I just wanted to say to all you young and old people who are infected that there is always hope...
Thank you!

Wednesday, February 2, 2000

Would you please add us as a link from your site. We offer online support "live" chat room discussions, email support and more. Our address is: http://www.HIVwomen.com We are a proud project of Positive Action, Positive People a Registered Charity in Canada
Thank you for your time

Friday, February 4, 2000

Thank you very much for all your help. I am a high school student and I am doing a research project. I found your information most helpful.
Thank you once again.

Sunday, February 6, 2000


Wednesday, February 9, 2000

I just wanna say these are stories ..that make me wanna be careful and also not to be afraid of AIDS.

Wed, 9 Feb 2000

Subject: Discussion of AIDS
Im 18, and I do Biology at my school. I find it very sad to see people who are infected with AIDS or HIV. I always wish that there will be something that will be able to cure the disease... I like studying AIDS/HIV, because it is interesting, and educational. It helps people to have protections, to stop the disease spreading around, and the death toll will decrease. It is interesting because I like knowing how it changes people's lives. It makes me feel very depressing, and I wish I could help!!! I know that AIDS/HIV cannot be cured.

Tuesday, February 15, 2000

I am not sure if my story is even a story yet as it is not over. I am a white female age 27, mother of 3 young sons. I raised my boys alone for 3 years before meeting the man of my dreams. I am educated about AIDS & HIV, but like many felt it wouldn't affect me. I was wrong.
As of yesterday HIV has become a major part of my life. My fiancé's ex girlfriend told us she is HIV positive. The first thing my fiancé wanted to do was be tested. He went to the hospital at 8:00pm last night,it was Sunday. He was told to wait until morning and contact the health department. This morning he called as soon as they opened, no testing until Friday. The waiting will drive us crazy....so we start calling doctors offices and finally he gets an appointment for Wednesday. Still not today but better than Friday.
In the mean time only the worst thoughts are running through my mind. Will I live to see my babies grow up? Will my boys be teased at school if we are positive? Will their father try ! to take them from me?
I did charity work for an AIDS organization...I know the risks. I also know the affects. Still I did not believe it would happen to me. The test may come back negative,but it will still have changed my life forever. I will no longer think it cant happen to me. I have been all over the Internet today to find out information.
I will make sure my children know it CAN happen to them. Please if you read this,know that this disease does not discriminate. IT CAN HAPPEN TO YOU.

Saturday, February 19, 2000

My name is Natalie and I am a 10th grade student at Crookston High School in Crooston, Minnesota. As part of my 10th grade Historical Geography class I need to complete a research project. I have chosen to research the topic: teenagers with AIDS. I am writing to request that you forward the interview which follows to someone who can help me with my research.
1. How did you contract AIDS?
2. How has having AIDS affected your life?
3. What types of treatments are receiving for this disease?
4. How have your friends helped you with this illness?
5. How has your family helped you with this illness?
6. What do you think the future holds for people who have AIDS?
Thank you again. Natalie (e-mail contact has been taken off after eight months)

Tuesday, February 22, 2000

Thank you for being here.
I was diagnosed in 86, when I was 18. Back then when I would call into 800 numbers they would tell me I was the first woman they talked too. I couldn't find a support group in my area. They were all for men. I would like to reach out to other women, and be able to discuss HIV and how it has affected me and my life. I don't know where to start.

The best place that l can direct you to on the Internet is http://www.HIVwomen.com This site has a good set up to chat with other positive women, if your based in Australia you may like to contact positive women.......let me know if you are.
I can also put up your e-mail on the site so that women contact you, but you may not want this.....let me know. I hope that all this helps you
. If you have the time, it'd be fantastic to get a story about your experiences to put on the site, it may help other women.
All the best,
Carolena Helderman

At this time I would have to decline submitting a story.
This e-mail account is at work. I'm not afraid of being let go but god knows I don't need the hassle's from anyone who could get into it.
I really want to. When we get our own computer I will.
Thank you

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