Yes, I'm gay. I probably was since the day I was born. On my 21st birthday, I sort of had my debut. I came out to my parents. A little drama from mom, and some indifference from dad. An above-average coming out. Almost perfect.

Nine years later, two weeks before my 30th birthday, I found out... I'M HIV POSITIVE.

And so my story begins... I'm BACK IN THE CLOSET.

Monday, July 21, 2008

My Virgin

da coconut nutAnother week has passed. I’m still not on medication. Time has flown so fast. I just realized that it’s been a month and a half since I was last at the H4 Ward of the San Lazaro Hospital. A month and a half since I found out my CD4 count. A month and a half since I was recommended to start on ARVs.

For now, I’m trying to go on with the other parts of my life. Work. Family. Friends. Life. All that, while trying to stay healthy. I’ve been doing pretty well, considering it’s the rainy season. No major ailments. No fever. No flu. I’ve been taking my multivitamins regularly. And something else. A virgin is helping me out.

Now before you wonder, I’m talking about Virgin Coconut Oil, or VCO. An uncle of mine gave us a bottle of it last Christmas. I had no idea what to do with it, so it had been sitting on a shelf since December. Until last month, that is.

I had stumbled onto articles online about the anti-AIDS benefits of virgin coconut oil. They repeatedly refer to a Filipino doctor, Dr. Conrado Dayrit, father of former Philippine Health Secretary Manuel Dayrit, who investigated how a component of VCO, Lauric Acid, could inhibit, delay and reduce the spread of HIV. I’m not really sure what further studies are being done to this day, but there is little noise being made on the possibilities of this seemingly innocent fruit.

I remember what Maestro Ryan Cayabyab said in his song, Da Coconut Nut: there are so many uses of the coconut tree indeed. Considering this country I live in is a paradise of coconut groves, it should be reasonable to expect more studies to be done.

Although these are still just studies being done, and there seem to be no conclusive results and no therapeutic claims, I’ll take my chances. I would have loved to be a guinea pig for studies like this. I would love to be an instrument towards discovering a cure for the rest of those like me.

I can only hope that VCO could indeed fight, if not totally wipe out HIV. No harm in trying. Who would’ve thought I’d need help from a virgin?


thonnibg said...

Hey Pinoy,just stoppin` by to say hi and show some love!

Take advantage of the virgin:-)

Hope you`re doing well!

PinoyPoz said...

Hahaha, great to hear from you Toni! I've been taking virgin orally thrice a day?... Ooops! Hahaha.

E said...

...Even if I tested negative, i'd like to ba an advocate for HIV/AIDS Awareness..HIV/AIDS is so taboo in our country..there are rallies but no solid information about it...
I wish you well...I can just imagine what you've been going through- If ever i tested positive, i don't know what I'm going to do..

Anonymous said...

hey. how are you? do you know the contact number of the resident doctor in san lazaro? i would like to ask what can i do for my diarrhea? its been 4 weeks in a row already. un lang

PinoyPoz said...

i know what you mean, e! but for now, unless it has something to do with lowering oil prices, HIV will remain far from a priority issue for the government.

and for anonymous, i only know the contact numbers of the doctors at the H4 ward of San Lazaro, which is dedicated to HIV/AIDS patients. are you hiv positive? if you are not sure, you can consult with your regular physician first regarding your case of diarrhea. irregardless of whether you're poz or not, i'm sure you'd want to know what's causing it. contact me further at i hope you feel better.

E said...

contact me further at i hope you feel better <----hehehehehe do you get it?

oh well, I'd like to share an important info to your readers who wants to be tested...Go to SOCIAL HYGIENE CLINIC MANILA HEALTH DEPT. located at 2ND FLR 208 QUIRINCADA ST. STA. CRUZ MANILA (GREEN BLDG. ACROSS SAN LORENZO MAIN GATE) From 8am-3pm to get free HIV test.

PinoyPoz said...

wait wait wait, what didn't i get?

thanks for the ad, e... that's exactly where i got my test! glad to hear they're still conducting the tests for free... just a correction, that's "Quiricada" Street, across "San Lazaro" Hospital... hehehe. you can also call them at 711-6942, look for Dra. Malou, Dra. Diana, or Ate Luz. :-)

Anonymous said...

hey anonymous. ako yung nagsabi sayo dati na need mo ng isang tao na sasabihan ng case anonymous,ung two years ng positive pero hindi iniisip na positive siya. naalala mo na? uminom kasi ako ng tubig sa gym na hindi ko naman ginagawa dati. after nung nag lbm na ko. so until now meron pa rin. june 23 siya nag start. pero pag nasa labas ako hindi naman nagloloko tiyan ko. dr.solante ata ung doctor ko nuon.

PinoyPoz said...

hey anonymous, yeah i remember well. now that it's been established that you're poz, i think it should be even more alarming that you've been having diarrhea for the past month. you better have it checked by your doctor. preferably at san lazaro or ritm, since they'd be able to assess you better in the context of HIV.