Dear Community Members,
I would like to clarify that my previous message about postings from the worried well was not in any way an attack or a dismissal of the issue of false positive test results.
Getting a positive diagnoses for HIV is a life changing experience for all of us that have gone through it. Finding out later that the diagnoses was incorrect cannot detract from having been told that you have HIV in the first instance. Approximately 15 out of every 1,000 test (1.5%) give a false positive result.
I have written to Vinny privately to apologise for any confusion regarding the issues of the worried well and getting a false positive test result. I have also given Vinniy what guidance I can to get more focused information and support.
Given the perceived confusion about my previous posting I fully understand the distain and concern raised by some members who mistakenly thought I was talking about Vinny and his situation of getting a false positive test result. This was not my intention in any way and I whole heartedly apologise for any misunderstanding or confusion.
I do however stand by my comments regarding the worried well and feeling the HIV Partners Community is not the right place for this issue. I feel it is a very complex and specialised issue that speaks more to psychological issues than to HIV. I do not say this as a self defined deity but rather as the founder and administrator of HIV Partners and with the intention to further build on the excellent support and advice we, collectively, continue to provide for each other.