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Positive Women / Re: My husband and I have been arguing for four days
« Last post by guitargal on Today at 02:09:47 AM »
sounds like you are getting stronger with your self esteem.

IMO children deserve to life a life without parents fighting and no where near drugs.

they are better off with one sober parent..

and you will be a great single mom!

Living With HIV / Re: About to Start Triumeq Tonight!
« Last post by leowithpower on Today at 02:00:28 AM »
Just taking it for two weeks so far.. My test came back <20
I'm very happy about that
Living With HIV / Job Offer/Disclosing status
« Last post by ibi4011 on Today at 12:37:15 AM »
Hi everyone,
Sorry if this isn't the right forum for this, but I am in kind of a tight spot as I recently got a job offer as a military contractor overseas in the Mideast.  My question is this, I tested poz in August and have been on meds so this is a new situation for me.  I know military servicemembers can not go overseas except on a limited basis, but as a contractor does my status disqualify me as well?  I'm not sure how to approach the subject with the company so that I do not "rat" myself out in any way and give them a reason to rescind it.  Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Off Topic Forum / Re: song of the day
« Last post by initforlife on Today at 12:30:22 AM »
Into the Mystic is a favorite of mine and so is brown eye girl  :D
Off Topic Forum / Re: song of the day
« Last post by zach on Yesterday at 11:00:29 PM »
on nov 14 son challenged me to see who could go longest without smoking cannabis

Estimado Andy Velez, me quiere decir que la mujer que es portadora de VIH+ y me masturbo con su mano tocando mi pene y glande durante varios minutos que tenía heridas por un hongo y que la piel se estaba cayendo no representa ningún riesgo para transmitir VIH?

Puedo estar tranquilo en que no tengo vih, aun con el detalle que mi pene tenia heridas y la mujer que es vih lo toco?
Am I Infected? / Re: Shower room soap dispenser... HIV risk
« Last post by Jeff G on Yesterday at 10:48:12 PM »
Its not possible to be infected in the manner you are concerned with . HIV is fragile and is not infectious once outside the body, so that mean sexual or body fluids outside the body pose no risk for HIV . Its impossible to be infected from a soap dispenser or from any surfaces for that matter . HIV is transmitted from …

Unprotected anal and vaginal sex
Sharing IV drug rigs right after an infected person
Mother to child during or shortly after childbirth

Here's what you need to know in order to avoid hiv infection:

You need to be using condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, every time, no exceptions until such time as you are in a securely monogamous relationship where you have both tested for ALL sexually transmitted infections together.

To agree to have unprotected intercourse is to consent to the possibility of being infected with an STI.Sex without a condom lasts only a matter of minutes, but hiv is forever.

Have a look through the condom and lube links in my signature line so you can use condoms with confidence.

Although you did not have a risk and do not need to test for this specific incident , anyone who is sexually active should be having a full sexual health care check-up, including but not limited to hiv testing, at least once a year and more often if unprotected intercourse occurs.

If you aren't already having regular, routine check-ups, now is the time to start. As long as you make sure condoms are being used for intercourse, you can fully expect your routine hiv tests to return with negative results.

Don't forget to always get checked for all the other sexually transmitted infections as well, because they are MUCH easier to transmit than hiv. Some of the other STIs can be present with no obvious symptoms, so the only way to know for sure is to test.

Use condoms for anal or vaginal intercourse, correctly and consistently, and you will avoid hiv infection. It really is that simple!
Pre-HAART Long-Term Survivors / Re: I've Done It This Time
« Last post by GoForIt on Yesterday at 09:47:46 PM »
So I now have a brace.  I didn't know I would be getting it today.  My bone is much weaker than I thought it was.  I guess the cast really did provide good support.  So, I cannot put as much weight on it as I did with the cast.  When I walk it hurts like it did when my leg snapped.

There are two parts to this, the part that wraps all around my leg, and the part that goes around the back, which also has a "foot" part to it.  Now, when I walk, I cannot wear the part that goes around the back part of the leg because it is way too tight and hurts like hell.  So, I don't know if the doctor will want me to continue wearing this.  The guy who made this said there is a custom one he can make but it involves me getting measured, and it would take awhile to make.  We may have to end up doing it anyway.

However, the big plus is that it doesn't rub my foot!  So I am hoping the foot will start healing. I do feel like I may have broken a rib but I am not saying anything for fear they would put me in a body cast lol. 

I wanted to update everyone since I have the brace.  M, it was good talking to you as well.  We should do it again soon.  Oh, and happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Happy Thanksgiving.  Hope you get better and get some pain meds or something ;(

Sounds like you could really use them.
Am I Infected? / Shower room soap dispenser... HIV risk
« Last post by Charlie Arriba on Yesterday at 09:09:03 PM »

I have a simple (and maybe, ilogic and/or stupid) question/doubt. This is the situation: I recently signed up at a gym. After my routine the other day, I went to take a shower in the gym’s men’s locker room. It has individual and separated showers, which have a plastic soap dispenser in each of them (one per shower). I scrubbed my whole body (including genitals) with the foamy soap that came out of the dispenser and rinsed it off with water.

The thing is after taking the shower, I began worrying that maybe someone before me used the same soap dispenser and maybe that person could have been HIV+ and left a bodily fluid on it (I know it sounds farfetched and crazy). So, I started worrying that maybe some of those fluids might have entered my body through my penis’ urethra or some other part. I also, got to thinking that there might be fluids in the locker room’s floor… could those be risky for HIV transmission? (I walked around barefoot).

I know that even if that extremely unlikely scenario happened, the virus would have already been dead, plus the fact that I was in a shower with soap and water running all over the place, making it less “harmful”. Also, I’m not sure if there was any bodily fluid, if it could “enter” through my urethra and into my blood stream. Plus, there would have to be tons of bodily fluid in the soap dispenser… right?

I’m sorry if my question is dumb, but I just wanted to get some sort of clarification and/or answer that might help my mind understand the impossibility of this idea (I’m starting to think I could have a certain degree of OCD maybe too).

Thank you very much for your time.
Pre-HAART Long-Term Survivors / Re: I've Done It This Time
« Last post by mitch777 on Yesterday at 09:03:22 PM »
Ugh!!! Didn't they know that? Maybe if you call an ambulance to get yourself to the ER they will do better than your current doctors. Not a fun holiday, not a fun day.

If i can be of any help please call. Hate to know you are crying in pain.
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