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My 9 HIV/AIDS Symptoms!

August 19, 2019

100 Comments

  • Reply Alexander Allan August 20, 2018 at 12:33 am

    Hey Raif, always enjoy your videos. I am negative, but I have friends who are poz. I was glad that CDC had finally confirmed what I had long suspected , that when a someone is undetectable, they cannot transmit the virus.

    I have never dated anyone who was positive but , it was never a deal breaker. Knowing what I know to be true, it wouldn't be an issue. I'm glad you share your experience , strengths , hope with those affected by HIV.

    I also wanted to say how impressed I am with your desire to be abstinent, until you find the man you want to date. I know how difficult it is to do so, I too have chosen to do so as well. It has been difficult , lonely, and frustrating to do so.

    I hate the idea of hook ups, it always left me feeling terrible. I want to be intimate with someone I like and I am dating. Keep strong I am confident it will be worth it .

  • Reply Ghie Dine May 24, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    You're so brave to come out in public and share your story… Salute!

  • Reply Danny Rowland May 25, 2019 at 3:56 am

    I'm sorry you got the hiv/aids. Virus . But now days as with the meds that keeps you undetectable and when you do not have insur_ there are programs that you can get on that will pay for meds theripy doctors n more

  • Reply Danny Rowland May 25, 2019 at 3:57 am

    You can live a long healthy life by takeing care of yourself and takeing care of your self

  • Reply Danny Rowland May 25, 2019 at 4:00 am

    Every one should be safe sexually and now days you can get on prep that protects you from getting hiv

  • Reply Valentino Mays May 26, 2019 at 6:23 am

    Thank you so much for sharing your experiences with us. I'm positive as well and it was a tough journey to become undetectable. I'm just glad we're both still here. You are loved and you have people who support you. Love you and I hope nothing but the best in your future. 🤗🤗🤗

  • Reply Sharon Curtis May 26, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    HOld your head up high, my friend. Its good that your keepinh a positive attitude and sharing your story. It gives others hope.

  • Reply Netchanok Lankford May 27, 2019 at 3:03 pm

    God Bless you …I wish you well!!!…Thank you for sharing your story with everybody ❤️❤️❤️❤️

  • Reply EM ILY May 29, 2019 at 3:18 am

    You are so strong!

  • Reply MotherTouching-Ninjas May 29, 2019 at 9:22 am

    I had unprotected sex with a transgender I was so drunk and she looked like a woman . But ten days after my joints hurt. I’m so afraid . I asked her she got offended but idk🙁 and she is an escort 😞☹️🥺

  • Reply Dominique Savage May 29, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    Once your lymph nodes become swollen that can mean 1 of 2 things lymphoma or HIV smh I'm so glad you're still fighting this with your head up.

  • Reply michael johnson May 29, 2019 at 9:17 pm

    What a lovely guy

  • Reply te tee May 30, 2019 at 2:27 am

    How’s muscle aches ? Bro

  • Reply f f May 30, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    You are amazing, thank you for sharing,. U are more than this.. love from Chicago.

  • Reply Rex Monssel Espejo May 31, 2019 at 3:30 am

    how many months do symptoms occur for u after ur last contact?

  • Reply Marvin Bennett June 2, 2019 at 2:34 pm

    Are you a homorsexual ??? That lifestyle will get you in some bad spots .

  • Reply Colin June 3, 2019 at 4:10 am

    Pore babey that got to sucks

  • Reply Jay Drummond June 4, 2019 at 4:04 am

    Did u have stomach pains ?

  • Reply Enat Hager June 4, 2019 at 8:15 am

    It’s a very nasty disease.. it amazes me that people don’t take it seriously anymore.. me being ethiopian, of course have a lot of family members who have died of this disease. This is the case for many Ethiopians as well. There’s a lot of stigma around it in our country though and it just blows my mind. I really wish you the best, I really do. ❤️❤️ you got this.

  • Reply Jdor D June 4, 2019 at 4:43 pm

    May God help all those with HIV in the mighty name of Yeshua (Jesus Christ)

  • Reply Bernard Latson June 4, 2019 at 8:28 pm

    I haven't had THAT many symptoms before I found out about my diagnosis but I distinctively remember having really bad vertigo and fainting a couple of times at work. While that happened I also had really high fever along with the "lost zest for life" that you mentioned. The last symptom(s) I had that rang alarm bells was PRETTY intense. My fever had gotten REALLY high and my joints were creaking in pain. No matter what I did I would always wake up in a giant pool of sweat and it hurt to walk to the rest room. Out of all of the lymph nodes I would say the ones behind you legs are the worst.

    Thanks for sharing.

  • Reply Indiegirl007 June 5, 2019 at 12:34 am

    Whoa whoa whoa whoa, that ending was abrupt as hell. 😝 "And that's when I found out I had Aids! Okay, byyyye!" Lol. I'm pretty sure it wasn't that blasé of a moment for you at the time. I was really getting invested!

  • Reply Junn Allison June 5, 2019 at 10:52 am

    Hello Raif, My lymph nodes behind my ears and around my neck has been swollen for around 2 months now, and I am now under Anti-retroviral Treatment,
    How long did it took for the lymph nodes to come back to normal once starting the treatment?

    Today was my 2nd day on treatment.
    The first day have extreme side effects, the second day gave me slight dizziness.

  • Reply Criselda Perales June 5, 2019 at 2:46 pm

    We have same birthday May 8☺☺

  • Reply Crypto- Resistant June 6, 2019 at 5:43 pm

    U look stunning man…. u handled the situation quite well…

  • Reply Farhan Hosseini June 7, 2019 at 2:03 am

    Hey, i needle stick and after 12 hours i have this signs!and it steel with me for 43 days.!

  • Reply First Name Last Name June 9, 2019 at 10:10 pm

    It sounds like your boyfriend at the time gave it to you.

  • Reply soy_sweet99 June 11, 2019 at 2:58 am

    Thank you for sharing your story. My brother tested positive in 1999 and I was right by his side when he got his results. I actually worked at the HIV unit in a hospital and was studying nursing and he had all the symptoms you had and more including Hepatitis. He went 10 years off meds and got on 10 years ago and started with Atripla then Completa now. He is undetectable. I will show him your video for some inspiration!

  • Reply Ha Okay June 11, 2019 at 6:15 am

    Very courageous of you to share your video and your experience, please everybody it's a simple test know the quality of your own health, not only for you but for the sake of others. 🤒🙏

  • Reply kimberly cornelius June 13, 2019 at 1:54 am

    I work with a lot of teenagers and young people who think there is a cure and this is something they don't have to worry about. Why , what are they not hearing.

  • Reply Sonia Leffell June 14, 2019 at 2:23 am

    Well you look GREAT now!

  • Reply Sonia Leffell June 14, 2019 at 2:34 am

    Did you not know ANYTHING about HIV? I a feeling your boyfriend knew. I am so very sorry to hear this. May God bless p, protect and keep you. These were classic symptoms. I was expecting to hear some outlier symptoms.

  • Reply Reya's Corner June 15, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    On your birthday 😭😭😭 I'm sorry. Thankful for your success story 💜

  • Reply Carlos Esquivel June 17, 2019 at 4:41 am

    My brother died three weeks ago from aids. It is a devastating illness for both the patient and loved ones. Please take your treatment very seriously. God bless you.

  • Reply Eric Cartman June 17, 2019 at 9:49 pm

    Usually I'll take the girl's word that she doesn't have an STD, but now after all this shit, I'm just gonna have to make sure I see the proof. Fuck that, I'm not ruining my life over 1 second of intense pleasure. Guess I can say bye to flings and random hookups…

  • Reply valak demon June 18, 2019 at 1:14 am

    Raif be strong for me .. I always be with you .

  • Reply Ryandexter Sanmiguel June 18, 2019 at 5:11 am

    Hey Raif thanks for this video men, I just want to ask you if it is normal to get itchiness after getting sex to a girl? I went ro HIV test and I was negative.please give me some advice men

  • Reply Starring Nick June 18, 2019 at 5:14 am

    Your strong ! Keep your head up ! Keep up the good work ! 😎💪🏼✊🏼🤟🏼🤙🏼

  • Reply Kay Cee June 18, 2019 at 5:46 am

    Thank you very much for having the courage to do this. I currently have some similar symptoms. my HIV test is pending and I am really terrified. I have this thrush for about 4 weeks now. Doctors still do not see a lesion eventhough i see it when i come home and view it via camera. Thrush with ear pain. My last negative test was 3 years ago and i had some risky encounters around that time. I always thought I will take more time to progress to AIDS but I am feeling hopeless with each passing hour. Please keep me in your prayers as I go through this difficult time.

  • Reply Anmol Nayak June 19, 2019 at 4:28 am

    Hey did all the symptoms appear at the same time or different time?

  • Reply Emin Izzatov June 19, 2019 at 5:20 pm

    Hey there. First of all thank you for such information. I saw your biceps, do you use any steroids ? I want to take something to get more fit,but afraid it will have negative effect on bektarv. Thank yo

  • Reply ebisagwa flores June 19, 2019 at 9:07 pm

    do you have herpes near at ur private part ?

  • Reply Mihaly Horvath June 20, 2019 at 2:45 pm

    Mate you are a brave man!!!

  • Reply CrossWood Productions June 22, 2019 at 7:28 am

    I had sex with a girl couple months ago and my condom ripped, I got a cold right after and a flu. I totally thought i had HIV and I just gave up mentally. Finally after a long 4-5 months of going crazy I decided to get my ass up and go get tested. I came back negative. Such a relief. I recommend everyone to go get tested. The chances are very small you have HIV.

  • Reply Mark Ryan June 23, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    When's is really the best time to get tested? Some says a month, three months or even six months after an unprotected sex?

  • Reply Mal mix June 23, 2019 at 6:49 pm

    Omg I will love to talk to you because I will love to learn more about this. I need some assistance idk how to handle. My back, chest arms, legs and hips are killing me. Nearly all over my body is killing me.

  • Reply Patrick De Matteis June 24, 2019 at 9:47 pm

    Try BHT antiviral. Google BHT antiviral

  • Reply Christopher.A.B June 25, 2019 at 7:08 am

    You're a brave, brave man. Keep sharing ypur truth and embracing the power that doing that is ❤

    Love and light x

  • Reply Martin Lee June 25, 2019 at 9:14 am

    You look fantastic…you're definetly inspiring for people who been diagnosed…

  • Reply john bear June 28, 2019 at 6:50 am

    I'm scared. No disrespect to anyone dealing with this. I think highly of anyone dealing with this and being safe with their partners. But I've taken test after test, but I'm still afraid. The reason why I feel this way is cause I had a dream of me going in for an HIV test and it came back positive! But this was the longest dream I've ever had! I promise, this dream had like over a years worth of memories. And now feels as if the dreams I have recently are just magnified version of the same dream. But these dreams are coming to reality as if it were dej jah vue. I hope and pray I never come back positive. But at the end of the original dream I was sitting on top of a table and super skinny and a doctor comes in the door and apologizes for what he has to tell me. Then tells me I'm HIV positive. Mind you, the past 8 months have been so scary. I haven't slept with a single person. And I'm petrified. Idk how to explain this, but thanks for this video.

  • Reply Marios Christidis June 28, 2019 at 11:24 am

    I tested and I was negative thanks god

  • Reply Abdul razak Shaikh June 28, 2019 at 2:50 pm

    I pray only to Allah that I should not have any disease. I want to live but do not want to die. 4 days ago my blood is checked my blood negative Alhamdulillah. I check my blood group after 4 months, only I want my blood negative ya Allah ya rabbil alamiin. I do not want me to be sick

  • Reply Joshua Moca Basaysay July 2, 2019 at 10:14 am

    Hello. Can I ask if when you do unprotected sex with your partner is he also hiv positive or not?

  • Reply wordscontrolminds July 2, 2019 at 9:09 pm

    What was your cd4 at time of diagnosis?

  • Reply Azz Seu July 3, 2019 at 6:28 am

    I’m so scared I have hiv it kills me inside, been tested but one week after sex so have to wait to do another one

  • Reply Malak Judah July 5, 2019 at 5:20 am

    ok…u keep saying u "had" hiv…what is that about?!?

  • Reply John Mendoza July 6, 2019 at 2:16 am

    You did not experiece diarhea and fever?

  • Reply Margaret Crowe July 7, 2019 at 2:31 pm

    Very strong and brave man, amazing person, God bless and keep you safe xx

  • Reply Blackneonbonjour July 8, 2019 at 12:39 pm

    seriously how dumb are you my first sign sent me to the doctors and I was diagnosed then and there

  • Reply Adam Yusuf July 12, 2019 at 3:34 am

    Hey was it on the front or the back of your knees ?

  • Reply Aubrey Aragon July 17, 2019 at 2:48 am

    Hi Rafe first time on your video pod. Hang in there, and take care much ❤

  • Reply Aubrey Aragon July 17, 2019 at 2:49 am

    Thank heavens new medications to manage symptoms.

  • Reply Mp Jp July 19, 2019 at 9:31 pm

    Hey have pain And me mouth and a fever 100 1o1 is worse at night i cant eat. Dose same no what it is??? It start like a fever and pain and the mouth i have sores like well day hurt really bad

  • Reply Alan Cobain July 20, 2019 at 6:36 am

    I’ve had read that most people who have unprotected gay sex are most likely to develop aids/hiv. I am not saying that is true but that’s what I read. But what’s important for people to understand is that even if you’re not having anal sex, you can still get an std. people get tested. Cause one of the WORST symptoms of having HIV is that there are NO symptoms at first! Don’t ever be ashamed of getting tested. What is there to be ashamed about making sure you are safe and healthy? Ralf, I look up to you a lot. I’m so happy you’re living a healthy life even with aids.

  • Reply Deb Loera1611 July 24, 2019 at 12:30 pm

    If your a queer then duh

  • Reply A G July 25, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Can you please contact me. Thank you.

  • Reply Chloe Dassler July 26, 2019 at 11:37 am

    Kind of sounds like you were a bit in denial. I mean, I don't blame you, anyone would try to rationalize and not want to believe it.

    By the way, the lymph nodes behind/under my ears get terribly swollen from my sinus issues. sometimes they get as large as grapes and it hurts quite a bit

  • Reply samy GAGABOY July 26, 2019 at 10:45 pm

    You're so brave . I hope you'll get all what you wish.

  • Reply Christina Émile Al-Faraj July 27, 2019 at 12:33 am

    Send you much love 🌸

  • Reply Christina Émile Al-Faraj July 27, 2019 at 12:47 am

    I actually crying now. My heart aches for you 😢 Wish you the best darling. 💗

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  • Reply 50sherron Hamilton July 27, 2019 at 12:07 pm

    Very sorry about that🙏❤🙏

  • Reply Sun Flower July 27, 2019 at 10:52 pm

    How was the bumps on your elbows? How did they look? I am afraid because I am a stay home mom and never go out, the only person who goes out is my hisband and I am very afraid…

  • Reply lize 4u July 30, 2019 at 10:32 pm

    Hei Raif🤗may Allah bless you and let you meet that special someone that you can have a long life with,filled with lots of love and respect and kindness for eachother👨‍❤️‍👨💖you really deserve that after everything you have been through!!!best wishes,prayers,and lots of love from Lise in Norway❤️

  • Reply Valiant Loony July 31, 2019 at 9:48 am

    We need to find a cure for this AIDS and finish it once and for all, if everyone everywhere gives money and all the scientists researches and tries to beat it then I believe one day we will, it's just a matter of time before AIDS is destroyed and people will no longer live in fear. 🙂👍

  • Reply Jonathan Parkhurst August 1, 2019 at 11:52 am

    I think I have aids. I'm too scared to go get diagnosed with my dad cause I'm afraid of what he'll think

  • Reply monsieur fortuna August 3, 2019 at 3:36 am

    Hooker gave me a bj and I'm worried I might have HIV as well, afraid to go to doctor to get tested. 🙁

  • Reply Tomzy Pits August 4, 2019 at 1:24 pm

    How is it possible that this guy has had only 2 unprotected sexual encounters while i've had hundreds and I am testing HIV negative

  • Reply Hayden Rose August 5, 2019 at 3:36 am

    Some say Dry Fasting can Cure AIDS/HIV or any STD. Might be worth a shot.

  • Reply Cuban Jorge August 6, 2019 at 9:41 pm

    I hope they can soon eradicate this damn virus from humankind forever ..

  • Reply 88Petry August 7, 2019 at 1:05 am

    U got GAIDS bro?

  • Reply Laura Pennington August 7, 2019 at 9:24 pm

    Your a very handsome man;)

  • Reply Jay Gonzalez August 8, 2019 at 1:22 am

    When i had???
    You mean when u got it!

  • Reply Beto Mendez August 8, 2019 at 4:03 am

    I have those síntoms and already did like 11 fast test 4th generation and all was negative and just did another text that you have to Wait 6 day for the results and I was negative so my last risk was October and my throat still hurting I have muscle pain my armpits like point of pain I don’t know what else I can do or where to go

  • Reply Monica Sarabia August 8, 2019 at 10:44 am

    I'm not dealing with hiv but im having liver disease 🙁

  • Reply kevinkhai1 August 8, 2019 at 2:20 pm

    Can someone please contact me asap here is my number. 7042992499
    I think i have hiv. But i dont have money to go see a doc. I need help please. So its been 4 days i dont feel like im myself like i dont feel normal. Kinda like dizzy. I feel like my head is very numb, just like as if you just wake up you know. i dont have heave head but i can feel my heartbeat with my head if that makes sense to you. I have been having canker sore in my mouth like at least once in two months.

  • Reply mauriciowilson42 August 8, 2019 at 3:51 pm

    sad story man

  • Reply Monica Sarabia August 8, 2019 at 11:27 pm

    Hello Raif, is the body ache constantly through out the day ? Or specifically when you wake up in morning?

  • Reply Harry Mcneal August 9, 2019 at 5:38 am

    Thanks you so much..

  • Reply Shaheed Rahman August 14, 2019 at 5:21 am

    I believe you had a good suspicion that it was HIV after the initial sickness and your rationalization was actually your denial!

  • Reply Pamela Woolford August 14, 2019 at 1:34 pm

    Can't understand even without insurance there's clinics and with all the medical problems he was having.
    People please check out your health from doctor is having all kinds of illness.
    Thanks for sharing

  • Reply gardintyven August 15, 2019 at 9:30 am

    Sounds like the symptoms I had before quiting smoking. I was in total denial.

  • Reply Priyansut Rawat August 16, 2019 at 10:29 am

    What was your father and mom reaction when they know that you have hiv

  • Reply Prince Sathyan August 16, 2019 at 8:43 pm

    Hope your doing well today buddy.

  • Reply Cristian Laureano August 17, 2019 at 12:39 am

    Thanks for bringing awareness! Keep your head up there must be a cure in the horizon

  • Reply bugged all over August 17, 2019 at 9:21 am

    Thanks for the education

  • Reply Marc Thompson August 18, 2019 at 11:05 am

    Dude hiv is a harmless retro virus get checked for Lyme disease and other hidden infections

  • Reply KK Corleone August 18, 2019 at 7:37 pm

    Test at 3 months and 6 months after your exposure, so many people think Hiv is just in the gay community , Wrong !!! ….You Can Catch The Virus By Having Unprotected Vaginal Sex .

  • Reply Jake Colbert August 19, 2019 at 3:59 am

    how long were you symptomatic before you went to the doctor and got diagnosed?

  • Reply nayan gogoi August 19, 2019 at 5:43 am

    Bro proud of you
    You are a such strong soul.when all this symptoms appears does all come one by one or together and after how many days bro

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