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Am I Infected? / Re: Straight Razor (Barber Shop)
« Last post by JimDublin on Today at 08:19:23 AM »
I fully agree with Wade and we have already answered this line of questioning.

HIV does not remain infectious outside the human body (such as on surfaces), and it cannot reproduce outside a human host. Once hiv finds itself exposed outside the body to air, small changes in temperature, pH / moisture levels all quickly damage the virus and render it unable to infect. 

Even with a subscription the same rules apply, so note this warning Please do not post questions or about no risk situations again otherwise it will lead to a ban. We are volunteers and it is unfair to continue asking us the same no risk question. I mean it, you have some irrational fears if I am honest and need face to face support. We can not offer you this level of support here.

Jim
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Am I Infected? / Re: Straight Razor (Barber Shop)
« Last post by Wade on Today at 08:10:51 AM »
Hi ,
This was in no way a risk for HIV, body fluids are not infectious once exposed to air 
let alone dried on a surface. If this is your only concern it is safe to move on.

Wade

To avoid infection,
You need to be using condoms for all anal and vaginal intercourse until you are in a trusting monogamous relationship and both have been tested for all STIs and HIV.
Everyone who is sexually active should have an annual exam and test for all STIs and HIV ,and always after unprotected intercourse. Always using condoms will give you peace of mind your tests will return with a negative result.
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Am I Infected? / Re: Straight Razor (Barber Shop)
« Last post by afraidUK on Today at 07:52:10 AM »
Hello,

I met up with a guy and slept over at his place, we only cuddled and kissed a lot (I know no risk!) When I woke up the next morning I noticed dark red-brown ish stains on the pillow. He said that he often has "pretty bad" nose bleeds at night. Now I don't know if these were old stains or from that night, as we changed pillows a few times during the night. Is that a risk considering my face eyes, mouth etc would lie on it when in bed.

Thank You!
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Living With HIV / Re: Opportunistic infections
« Last post by paintedroom on Today at 02:42:53 AM »
Thanks Harley,

Am awaiting biopsy of KS but Doc`s gut feeling was the 2 or three i have are KS.He didn`t seem too concerned and said antiretrovirals usually take care of them and if not then chemo.
I`m on day 18 of Genvoya and Bactrim so hopefully they will start resolving soon.

Nurture that belly and cultivate that cutie at the Bar ;)

many thanks,P.
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Hola, no sé si será igual en todos los países, pero acá en Chile puedo recibir medicamentos para hasta 6 meses, así que los viajes largos no son problema en ese sentido. De hecho vengo llegando de Buenos Aires y simplemente llevé mis frasquitos en el fondo del bolso junto con los artículos de aseo y nada ocurrió.

Sé que los controles para EEUU deben ser más estrictos (por la posibilidad de tráfico de drogas solapado) pero entiendo que basta con la receta (de cualquier medicamento, para cualquier enfermedad) para que no haya mayores problemas. Créanme que si alguien intenta entrar cocaína en un frasco de Truvada en inmigración se van a dar cuenta ;)
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Estoy infectado? / Re: condon roto
« Last post by shiroyasha94 on Yesterday at 11:00:45 PM »
muchas gracias por su apoyo doctor andy hoy despues de unos 25 dias de mi posible expocision decidi ir a que me hicieran las pruebas donde me pincharon el dedo y alos 30 min pude oir las palabras que bajaron un poco el estres mis resultados fueron todo no reactivo ademas hoy fui muy deprimido y mis medicos me derivaron a psicologia donde me dieron mucha mas informacion acerca del tema que sufro donde el infectologo del hospital me dijo que si te haces la prueba a los 2 meses es casi al 100% que no tengas nada ya que tuviste un bajo riesgo y me dijo que lo de 3 meses y 6 meses ya es protocolo mi dudas recaen aca doctor andy si la prueba de pinchazo de dedo es muy eficas o debo de buscar otro doctor?? y mi otra duda me puedo olvidar totalmente del tema de aca 2 meses y 6 dias??
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I Just Tested Poz / Re: So I just tested Positive
« Last post by zach on Yesterday at 10:14:15 PM »
way to handle things! good job

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Yo empecé tratamiento (Atripla) en diciembre del año pasado y si he notado lo mismo de que estoy más disperso, aunque nada alarmante, lo sobrellevó muy bien.
Hace un mes me tengo carga viral indetectable, pero no puedo evitar tener miedo al futuro, no me gustaría verme enfermo o que mi familia sufriera por verme en mal estado.
Espero que en un futuro cercano den con una cura total a esta enfermedad, ustedes creen que pase?

Saludos desde Monterrey, México :D

           OJO      HOLA OTRA VEZ...POR FAVOR NO TE PREOCUPES HASTA QUE TENGAS ALGO DE QUE PREOCUPARTE, DISFRUTA DE TU VIDA NUEVA, HAY VIDA DESPUES DE UN DIAGNOSTICO DE VIH, SOLO TENEMOS QUE PROPONERNOS SEGUIR VIVIENDO, ES LO QUE HAY...ACERCA DE EL ATRIPLA, ES EL EFAVIRENZ, PARTE DE EL ATRIPLA, QUE LOS HACE SENTIR DIFERENTE, SI NO TE AFECTA EN TU VIDA COTIDIANA (MUCHO), SIGUE TOMANDOLO, YA QUE ES UN BUEN TRATAMIENTO, UNA PASTILLA AL DIA, LOS ENVIDIO, JAJAJ, YO TOMO CUATRO DIFERENTES MEDICAMENTOS DOS VECES AL DIA, GRRRR...SI A ALGUIEN LE AFECTA MUCHO ESTE MEDICAMENTO Y NO PUEDE TOLERARLO, HABLEN CON SU MEDICO, EL ATRIPLA NO ES RECOMENDADO PARA CIERTAS PERSONAS CON PROBLEMAS DE DEPRESION, ASI QUE NO TIENEN PORQUE ESTAR SUFRIENDO, EL REMEDIO NO PUEDE SER PEOR QUE LA ENFERMEDAD...MAS ABRAZOS Y SALUDOS A MONTEGAY   ;P                                                                                         OJO
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I Just Tested Poz / Re: So I just tested Positive
« Last post by Harrow on Yesterday at 09:59:26 PM »
So it's been awhile since I posted. But long story short, I ended up getting a different ID doc. I called her office and explained the delay from the other doctor and they got me in a lot sooner.

She was super awesome, sat down and went through all the tests and explained everything. Told me her expectations and goals for my therapy. She prescribed me Triumeq. I had some problems getting it filled, my pharmacy said my insurance require that drug be ordered through a special mail order pharmacy called optumrx. I looked them up and apparently they have terrible reviews and have been sued because they are regularly a week or more late on refills. So I called my doctor and she called the insurance company and told them that was unacceptable, and that its medically necessary that I never miss doses. So they gave me an exception for getting locally filled.

I am starting the drug tonight, I am a little nervous about the side effects. But it sounds like a good med minus the scary warnings lol.
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Vivir con el VIH / Re: Duda con enfermedades relacionadas a VIH
« Last post by Tonny2 on Yesterday at 09:53:00 PM »
Hola a todos,
Tengo VIH diagnosticado desde noviembre de 2015 y con tratamiento desde Diciembre del mismo año. Actualmente tomo Atripla y va todo bien, pero tengo una duda, que tan común es que las personas en nuestra condición desarrollemos algún Cancer, es muy común?
Disculpen si la pregunta es algo fatalista, pero tengo ese temor. 

Saludos desde Mty,Méx.

              OJO       BIENVENIDO REGIO....ES CURIOSO, ACABA DE RESPONDER A ALGUIEN EN INGLES TU MISMA PREGUNTA...TODOS REACCIONAMOS DIFERENTE, YO TENGO CASI 22 ANOS VIVIENDO CON VIH/SIDA, CINCO DE ELLOS, VIVI CON SIDA, Y NUNCA ME DIO O ME HA DADO NINGUN TIPO DE CANCER...NO SE CUAL ES TU HISTORIA Y TUS CD4, ME ALEGRO QUE ESTES INDETECTABLE, PERO TE RECOMIENDO QUE REVISES TU CUERPO POR SI NOTAS ALGUNOS CAMBIOS, RONCHITAS, GANGLIOS IMFLAMADOS, ETC, Y, DEJALE SABER A TU MEDICO, COMO TE DIJE, TODOS SOMOS DIFERENTES, LO QUE NOS QUEDA DESPUES DE EL DIAGNOSTICO, ES SER MAS CUIDADOSOS DE NUESTROS CUERPOS, ADEMAS, QUE SOMOS CHECADOS PERIODICAMENTE POR EL MEDICO Y "DRACULA" (ANALISISS DE SANGRE)...TE DESEO SUERTE...A PROPOSITO, ESTUVE EB TU TIERRA HACE UN MES, QUE CALOOORRRR...ABRAZOS    OJO
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