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Am I Infected? / Re: little worried
« Last post by alwayssunnyinsfla on Yesterday at 11:52:30 PM »
Thanks joe, ive just been worried from reading internet info on the subject matter. The cut on my penis was open and bleeding slighty which may have come in contact for exposure with me masterbating with his semen after he ejaculated
Questions About Treatment & Side Effects / Re: My labs...[sigh...] :-(
« Last post by vertigo on Yesterday at 11:38:29 PM »
I am not sure how seriously to take all the recommendations for using statins.  I'm sure they are appropriate for some people, but I wonder if they're over-prescribed.

What I can tell you is that it's the rare person who consistently gets perfect labs.  I always have something a little too high or a little too low.  My doc doesn't worry about it, and neither do I.  If all your numbers are always good then you're probably an outlier.

Just follow your doc's advice, or get a second opinion if you want one.  If you're in good shape and feel good, guess what ... you probably ARE good  :)
Am I Infected? / Re: little worried
« Last post by Joe K on Yesterday at 11:35:06 PM »
You can relax as you never had a risk.  Masturbation is not a risk for infection and sexual fluids are NOT infectious, once outside the body.  Oral sex is also not a risk for infection.  HIV is a very fragile virus.  Its outer surface becomes damaged, immediately when leaving the host; where changes in temperature, pH and moisture levels, alter the HIV outer surface, rendering it unable to infect.  The mouth is another barrier, as it protects us from pathogens that we encounter daily and it contains over a dozen proteins and enzymes that alter HIV, leaving it unable to infect.

There have been no fewer than three separate serodiscordant couples studies (where one person is HIV positive, the other negative.)  These couples were tracked for three. five and ten years.  The couples used condoms for penetrative vaginal and anal sex, but NO BARRIER at all for oral sex.  Any kind of oral sex.

These studies yielded NO infections.

You have not had a risk and you do not need to test over this event.

The HPV strains which cause anal warts are not the same ones that result in cancer.  Relatively few HPV strains are actually cancerous.  So first, get the warts taken care of.  Then have an annual pap smear done to see if you are at risk of cancer.

It sounds like you are dealing with a lot at once.  Try not to freak out too much about HPV.  It is a very common virus.  I had the surgery once a long time ago, and never had a recurrence.  The most important thing is to take action, which you are.

Am I Infected? / little worried
« Last post by alwayssunnyinsfla on Yesterday at 11:16:58 PM »
Hi everyone, friday night i went to a tranny bar and had alot of drinks. I went home with one of the dancers. We performed unprotected oral sex on each other and ended with mutual masterbation. I had a cut on my penis shaft from wearing a cock ring. His semen landed on my hand and penis,and i stupidly started to masterbate myself with his semen which may have come in contact with the fresh cut on my penis. When i went home i fell asleep and didnt shower until i woke up. I am worried that i may have exposed myself to hiv. I called him the next day and he said he was clean but im still worried
Insurance, Benefits Programs & HIV / Re: I think my HIV nurse is misinformed
« Last post by AusShep on Yesterday at 10:54:30 PM »
According to her, all I have to do to get health insurance is send the state the bill and tell them when to pay it. I have a platinum Obama plan that I love. Has anyone heard of such a thing?

I am sure she means well

If she's talking about the regular premium assistance available to everyone depending on income.  That amount is calculated when you apply, and the premium assistance is sent to the insurer directly, you're still responsible for the balance. 

I've never used Ryan White/AIDS drugs assistance programs which can also pay premiums, but from posts here, there seem to be a lot of hoops to jump through and you should probsbly take advantage of the counsellors at your local ASA to get hooked up with that.
Vivir con el VIH / Re: Colombiano, recién diagnosticado.
« Last post by Med28 on Yesterday at 10:51:45 PM »
Hola Tonny2, esa prueba no la hacen, te mandan los medicamentos al azar y depende como se tu adherencia pues los mantienen o te los cambian, en realidad tomé la decisión de empezar más que todo por las molestias en los ojos( Miodesopsias), tengo cita con oftalmólogo el 18 de éste mes,  espero todo salga bien, y gracias por seguir ayento.
Living With HIV / Re: What's up with my CD4 count?
« Last post by xiecn on Yesterday at 10:38:17 PM »
I think what Ted said totally makes sense! CD4 counts is different from body to body, it's like the soilders on the war, 10 elite soilders that are exellent,  but there are 100 soilders from the anermy who are weak and dont know how to fight, do you think which side will win?  so it's about how your cd4 work, but on the other hand, it's not good for cd4 counts to be too low, our body need cd4 to defend from the other diseases. so once the vl is undectable, your cd4 will recover to a nomal level, it needs time. the most important thing is to have a good habit in your daily life, and make your body strong enough
Am I Infected? / Re: Unprotected sex and 4th gen HIV RAPID TEST ACCURACY
« Last post by Andy Velez on Yesterday at 10:24:44 PM »
Yes, a negative at 7 weeks is unlikely to change, but you still need to re-test at 3 months for a conclusively negative result.

Estoy infectado? / Re: ¿Existe riesgo en esto?
« Last post by Andy Velez on Yesterday at 10:23:23 PM »
De nada. A mi me alegre que puedo ayudar.
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